Wednesday, June 07, 2006

AND THE GAMES GO ON WITH IRAN (written yesterday, not posted til today)

Here’s an interesting con job from Herr Bush. We’re now apparently offering Iran nuclear techonology in exchange for Iran’s cessation of uranium enrichment. And if you read the AP story that talks about this, it’s very vague. We’re not told what the deal is really, we’re just told that the U.S. is being reasonable by letting Iran have what we’ve been trying to keep out of their hands.

Here’s how the AP story describes it:

VIENNA, Austria - A package of incentives presented Tuesday to Iran includes a provision for the United States to supply Tehran with some nuclear technology if it stops enriching uranium — a major concession by Washington, diplomats said.

We’re going to give them “some” nuclear technology. And this is supposedly a “major concession” on our part. It’s meant to show the world how reasonable and generous we are.

However, the Iranians are not going to accept the deal and Bush and Rice and everyone involved knows they aren’t going to accept it. The whole point of this–the con job I referred to earlier–is that when the Iranians inevitably do refuse the deal, that will be the next anti-Iran talking point. We’re reasonable and they aren’t. The security council offered them this sweet deal and they refused it. So we have to bomb and/or invade.

However, we don’t know the details of this deal--or they're leaking out very slowly. And even if we did know the details, why should Iran accept it? Why should any country accept it? It would make the Iranians beholden to us, and that’s exactly what they don’t want. That’s why they’re making steady progress toward their euro-denominated oil bourse–so they aren’t beholden to us.

The U.S. would never accept the same deal but in reverse, i.e., if Iran said we’ll give the United States “some nuclear technology” if the U.S. will stop doing x, y, or z. And well we shouldn’t accept it–it’s a breach of sovereignty. It would make us beholden to Iran. They could always hold that over us.

Again, this is nothing more than a ploy to make Iran look unreasonable, when it’s actually totally reasonable for them not to accept this deal. But Bush and the neocons really want war with Iran to be able to keep the petrodollar system in place. They know what the consequences will be if that system is upended–the iron hand of the corporatocracy will rust and become useless. The tax cuts will be revealed in all their hideousness, the corporate welfare and the free trade fundamentalism will be exposed as the sick joke that they have been all along. They have to keep the petrodollar system in place or the whole economy that benefits the multinationals at the expense of the rest of the world’s people will come crashing down.

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