Article 2 of the U.N. Charter includes the statement, “All Members shall refrain in their international relations from the threat or use of force against the territorial integrity or political independence of any state…”
For several years, Israel has threatened a military attack on Iran over an alleged Iranian nuclear weapons program. In addition, U.S. leaders, including former-president George W. Bush and President Barack Obama have repeatedly said that, if diplomacy fails, “all options are on the table.”
Robert Parry published an article on his Consortium News web site on March 28th about opinion pieces that added fuel to the fire. The pieces ran in the New York Times (March 28, by John Bolton) and the Washington Post (March 13, by Joshua Muravchik). The titles of these two pieces say it all: Bolton’s was titled, “To Stop Iran’s Bomb, Bomb Iran,” and Muravchik’s, “War is the only way to stop Iran” — meanwhile the online version’s headline read, “War with Iran is probably our best option.”
How should we view these threats and calls for war? Do they violate the U.N. Charter? Parry also asked how would the U.S. government and media respond if it were Russia leaders saying all options were on the table and Russian papers calling for an aggressive war against Israel?
More important than the hypocrisy, most of the mainstream media’s articles about the negotiations with Iran don’t mention that U.S. and Israeli intelligence officials agree Iran doesn’t have an ongoing nuclear weapons program. In addition, evidence to date shows that Iran enriched uranium to a high of about 20 percent, enough for use in nuclear medicine — but far below the amount necessary for a weapon.
Moreover, through negotiations, Iran has agreed to limit enrichment to 5 percent (enough for a permitted peaceful nuclear energy program) and has eliminated its stockpiles of the 20 percent enriched uranium. Clearly, even if Iran were to decide to build a weapon, the time required has been greatly increased.
However, politicians with a vested interest who are abetted by a lapdog corporate media, can’t admit that the much-hyped Iranian nuclear weapons program does not exist. Nor can they admit that diplomacy has worked. Instead, they continue to build a bogus case for another illegal and unwarranted war. Let your two senators and your representative know that they should oppose war and give peace a chance.
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