25. November 2013 - Antiimperialistische Koordination, Wilh. Langtahler:

Reading the Iran deal

Global stalemate acknowledged

The beginning détente between the US and Iran is opening a new chapter of global relations. It is not only a game changer in the Syrian arena but will prompt a re-configuration of the Middle East’s setup. Ultimately it indicates another step towards the multi-polar world – but a modest one confirming US supremacy with indirect rule.

[ vollständiger Artikel ] [ in Deutsch ]

22. April 2013 - Flynt Leverett:

Anti-Iran Sanctions and America’s “Dirty War” Against the Islamic Republic

[ vollständiger Artikel ]

6. April 2012 - The New Yorker, Seymour M. Hersh:

Our Men in Iran?

From the air, the terrain of the Department of Energy’s Nevada National Security Site, with its arid high plains and remote mountain peaks, has the look of northwest Iran. The site, some sixty-five miles northwest of Las Vegas, was once used for nuclear testing, and now includes a counterintelligence training facility and a private airport capable of handling Boeing 737 aircraft. It’s a restricted area, and inhospitable—in certain sections, the curious are warned that the site’s security personnel are authorized to use deadly force, if necessary, against intruders. [ vollständiger Artikel ]

22. März 2012 - Pax Christi International:

Resolving the Dispute with Iran

Pax Christi International clearly and unequivocally rejects the possibility of military action against Iran as immoral, highly dangerous and counter-productive. Rather, we support continued diplomatic efforts based on mutual respect and dignity. We encourage discussions to bring all states into compliance with their Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) obligations and we support including the Additional Protocol as the non-proliferation verification standard. All countries have a responsibility to encourage definitive movement toward a Weapons of Mass Destruction Free Zone in the Middle East, as well as a treaty banning nuclear weapons.

[ vollständige Erklärung ]

18. März 2012 - Privatpersonen aus Israel (und anderswo):

Iranians We Love You

[ Video-Botschaft auf YouTube ]

[ Israel-Loves-Iran-Kampagne ]

[ Code Pink in USA ]

[ Antworten ]

25. Januar 2012 - Prawda, Ilya Nikonov:

Iran drives Europe into a corner

The European Union has decided to impose new sanctions on Iran designed to force the country to curtail its nuclear program. The most painful point is the rejection of the supply of Iranian oil, which will result in irreparable damage to oil exports, as it accounts for half of the budget revenues of Tehran. How would Ayatollah respond to the West?

The list of sanctions consists of twenty items, the most painful of which will be the rejection of the supply of Iranian oil. According to the authors of the sanctions, it will force the regime of Ayatollah to either accept the West's nuclear program, or make suggestions that would suit the Western leaders. However, it is doubtful that would happen.

[ vollständiger Artikel ]

18. Januar 2012 - Prawda, Felicity Arbuthnot:

Attack Iran? Nuclear Insanity

"We have the capability to take the world down with us. And I can assure you that that will happen, before Israel goes under."
(Remarks of Martin Van Creveld, Professor of Military History at Israel's Hebrew University, September 2003, in Dutch weekly, Elsevier..,)

Iran: We have been here before. The year before the assault on and near destruction of unarmed neighbouring Iraq, George W. Bush, of course declared the "Axis of Evil," Iraq, Iran and North Korea.

[ vollständiger Artikel ]

28. Dezember 2011 - Press-TV:

'War on Iran thundering in all fury'

The idea of attacking Iran's nuclear facilities, thundering in all its fury, comes from the neocons of the administration of former US President George W. Bush, a historian says.

"The Iran war is the brainchild of the neocons of the Bush-Cheney administration," Michael Carmichael wrote in an article, A Call for Peace: Say NO to America's Military Adventure, published in Global Research.

[ vollständiger Artikel ]

[ Artikel von Michael Carmichaael (19.12.2011) ]

7. Dezember 2011 - Asia Times, Kaveh L. Afrasiabi :

Bonn 0 + Iran

With empty chairs for both Pakistan and the Taliban, two major stakeholders in Afghanistan's future stability, the much-anticipated Bonn II conference in Germany might as well be called Bonn 0.

For sure the two-day conference that began on Monday and wrapped day one with a communique promising sustained international support for the war-ravaged, ethnically fragmented country that has been under foreign troop occupation for the past 10 years, was impressive in terms of the number of delegates (over 1,000) from some 110 nations and international organizations.                  

[ vollständiger Artikel ]

4. Dezember 2011 - Global Research, Michel Chossudovsky:

World War III:

The Launching of a Preemptive Nuclear War against Iran

The launching of an outright war using nuclear warheads against Iran has been on the active drawing board of the Pentagon since 2005.  

If such a war were to be launched, the entire Middle East Central Asia region would flare up.  Humanity would be precipitated into a World War III Scenario.

World War III is not front-page news. The mainstream media has excluded in-depth analysis and debate on the implications of these war plans.

The onslaught of World War III, were it to be carried out, would be casually described as a "no-fly zone", an operation under NATO's "Responsibility to Protect" (R2P) with minimal "collateral damage" or a "limited" punitive bombing against specific military targets, all of which purport to support "Global Security" as well as "democracy" and human rights in the targeted country.  

Public opinion is largely unaware of the grave implications of these war plans, which contemplate the use of nuclear weapons, ironically in retaliation to Iran's nonexistent nuclear weapons program.

Moreover, 21st Century military technology is at an advanced stage of development combining an array of sophisticated weapons systems.  

We are at the crossroads of the most serious crisis in World history.

The future of humanity is at stake. 

The present situation is one of advanced war planning by a formidable military force using nuclear warheads.

The Pentagon’s global military design is one of world conquest.

The military deployment of US-NATO forces is occurring in several regions of the World simultaneously.

Militarization at the global level is instrumented through the US military's Unified Command structure: the entire planet is divided up into geographic Combatant Commands under the control of the Pentagon. According to (former) NATO Commander General Wesley Clark, the Pentagon’s military road-map consists of a sequence of war theaters: “[The] five-year campaign plan [includes]... a total of seven countries, beginning with Iraq, then Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Iran, Somalia and Sudan.”

Military action is waged in the name of the "Global War on Terrorism" and Global Security. It has a stated "humanitarian" "pro-democracy" mandate.

It is predicated on the notion that the West's arsenal of tactical nuclear weapons are (in contrast to those [nonexistent] of the Islamic Republic), according to expert scientific opinion on contract to the Pentagon, "harmless to the surrounding civilian population because the explosion is underground."

Irresponsible politicians are unaware of the implications of their actions. They believe their own war propaganda: nuclear weapons are heralded as an instrument of peace and democracy.

War is heralded as a peace-keeping making operation carried out with the support of the "international community".

The victims of war are described as the perpetrators. Iran and Syria constitute a threat to Global Security thereby justifying pre-emptive military action. 

[ vollständiger Artikel ]

4. Dezember 2011 - The Independent, Paul Vallely:

War on Iran has begun. And it is madness

The parallels with Iraq are disturbing: we are convinced of a sinister threat to the West and we have a dodgy dossier to prove it

[ vollständiger Artikel ]

14. November 2011 - Ha'aretz:

Western official: Israel is behind recent Iran explosion

Western intelligence source tells Time Magazine that he believes the Mossad was responsible for deadly blast near Tehran which killed key figure in Iran's missile program. 

[ vollständiger Bericht ]

18. November 2011 - The New Yorker, Seymour M. Hersh:

Iran and the I.A.E.A.

The first question in last Saturday night’s Republican debate on foreign policy dealt with Iran, and a newly published report by the International Atomic Energy Agency. 

vollständiger Artikel ]

14. November 2011 - Huffington Post, Stephen Zunes:

Iran Threat Reduction Act
Actually Enhances Threat of War  

Congress is taking up dangerous legislation which appears to be designed to pave the way for war by taking the unprecedented step of effectively preventing any kind of U.S. diplomatic contact with Iran. The Iran Threat Reduction Act of 2011 (H.R. 1905), sponsored by the right-wing chair of the House Foreign Relations Committee Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, contains a provision (Section 601, subsection (c)) which would put into law a restriction whereby

"No person employed with the United States Government may contact in an official or unofficial capacity any person that. . . is an agent, instrumentality, or official of, is affiliated with, or is serving as a representative of the Government of Iran;"

Never in the history of this country has Congress ever restricted the right of the White House or State Department to meet with representatives of a foreign state, even in wartime. If this measure passes, it will establish a dangerous precedent whereby Congress would likely follow with similar legislation effectively forbidding any contact with Palestinians, Cubans and others.

[ vollständiger Artrikel

6. Juni 2011 - The New Yorker, Seymour M. Hersh:

Iran and the Bomb

How real is the nuclear threat?
Is Iran actively trying to develop nuclear weapons? Members of the Obama Administration often talk as if this were a foregone conclusion, as did their predecessors under George W. Bush. There is a large body of evidence, however, including some of America’s most highly classified intelligence assessments, suggesting that the United States could be in danger of repeating a mistake similar to the one made with Saddam Hussein’s Iraq eight years ago––allowing anxieties about the policies of a tyrannical regime to distort our estimations of the state’s military capacities and intentions. The two most recent National Intelligence Estimates (N.I.E.s) on Iranian nuclear progress, representing the best judgment of the senior officers from all the major American intelligence agencies, have stated that there is no conclusive evidence that Iran has made any effort to build the bomb since 2003.

5. August 2010 - GlobalResearch, Webster G. Tarpley:

Obama ist Preparing to Bomb Iran

After about two and a half years during which the danger of war between the United States  and  Iran  was at a relatively low level, this threat is now rapidly increasing. A pattern of political and diplomatic events, military deployments, and media chatter now indicates that Anglo-American ruling circles, acting through the troubled Obama administration, are currently gearing up for a campaign of bombing against Iran, combined with special forces incursions designed to stir up rebellions among the non-Persian nationalities of the Islamic Republic. Naturally, the probability of a new fake  Gulf of Tonkin incident or false flag terror attack staged by the Anglo-American war party and attributed to  Iran or its proxies is also growing rapidly.

[ vollständige Analyse ] [ Übersetzung ins Deutsche ] 

24. April 2010 - Jeffrey Rudolph:

Can You Pass The Iran Quiz?

What can possibly justify the relentless U.S. diplomatic (and mainstream media) assault on Iran ?

It cannot be argued that Iran is an aggressive state that is dangerous to its neighbors, as facts do not support this claim. It cannot be relevant that Iran adheres to Islamic fundamentalism, has a flawed democracy and denies women full western-style civil rights, as Saudi Arabia is more fundamentalist, far less democratic and more oppressive of women, yet it is a U.S. ally. It cannot be relevant that Iran has, over the years, had a nuclear research program, and is most likely pursuing the capacity to develop nuclear weapons, as Pakistan, India, Israel and other states are nuclear powers yet remain U.S. allies—indeed, Israel deceived the U.S. while developing its nuclear program.

[ Quiz ] [ in Deutsch ]

 

29. Juni 2009 - World Socialist Web Site, Peter Symonds:

Denials of US interference in Iran not credible

The US administration has responded to Iranian allegations of manipulating opposition protests inside the country with flat denials. President Obama declared last week that the United States respected Iran’s sovereignty “and is not at all interfering in Iran’s affairs”.

The American and international media, which has mounted a strident campaign in support of defeated Iranian presidential candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi, has similarly dismissed out of hand any suggestion that the US and its European allies had a hand in the events since the presidential poll on June 12. Just as the press never examines the claims of Mousavi and his supporters that the election was rigged, so it ignores the considerable evidence of extensive US operations against Iran, spanning a range of diplomatic, intelligence and military activities.
[ vollständiger Artikel ]

23. Juni 2009 - Henry Kissinger:

Kissinger Calls For "Regime" Change In Iran If Protests Fail

Talking on BBC Newsnight Henry Kissinger says that while the US will not intervene in the current crisis, if the protests fail and a "popularly based" government is not installed (ie the one he wants), then "we may conclude that we must work for regime change in Iran from the outside".
[ Video interview ]

15. April 2009 - Tehran Times, Noam Chomsky:

Iran is pressured because of its independent stance

Noam Chomsky interviewed by Kourosh Ziabari

[Inter view ]

6. November 2008 - World Socialist Web Site, Peter Symonds:

Obama advisers discuss preparations for war on Iran

On the eve of the US elections, the New York Times cautiously pointed on Monday to the emergence of a bipartisan consensus in Washington for an aggressive new strategy towards Iran. While virtually nothing was said in the course of the election campaign, behind-the-scenes top advisers from the Obama and McCain camps have been discussing the rapid escalation of diplomatic pressure and punitive sanctions against Iran, backed by preparations for military strikes.
[ vollständiger Artikel ]

Oktober - November 2008 - Freedom Socialist:

Iran: what's the real goal of U.S. saber-rattling?

Threats of war against Iran rise and fade by the hour. Aircraft carriers and destroyers and submarines steam toward the Persian Gulf. Congress almost passes House Resolution 362, whose added punishing economic sanctions are a virtual declaration of war. The U.S. is reportedly building an air base in Iraqi Kurdistan, a mere 11 kilometers from the border.
[ vollständiger Artikel ]

August - September 2008 - Freedom Socialist:

Why the U.S. is going nuclear over Iran

The Islamic Republic of Iran (IRI) has been developing nuclear power for a number of years. The government asserts that the purpose of Iran's program of enriching uranium is to develop energy, not weapons, and U.S. and European spy agencies have provided no evidence that this is not so. Yet, as with Iraq's nonexistent "weapons of mass destruction," the White House is using Iran's denied nuclear schemes to justify considering another invasion in the Middle East.
In a rational world, no country should have nuclear arms. But it is boundless hypocrisy for the United States, the only country that has ever used nuclear bombs against an enemy, to present itself as the world's guardian against them.
And, whatever nuclear goals Iran has, they are not what's behind the U.S. military threat.
[ vollständiger Artikel ]

6. August 2008 - World Socialist Web Site, James Cogan:

US calls for tougher sanctions on Iran

The Bush administration, with the support of Britain, France and Germany, has announced its intention to seek additional economic sanctions against Iran, in the wake of the Iranian government’s refusal to bow to demands that it freeze uranium enrichment. The lack of any rhetorical heat in the US response, however, provides a further sign that the White House is looking, for the time being at least, to ease the tensions that surround Iran’s nuclear program.
[ vollständiger Artikel ]

7. Juli 2008 - The New Yorker, Seymour M. Hersh:

Annals of National Security:

Preparing the Battlefield

The Bush Administration steps up its secret moves against Iran. Late last year, Congress agreed to a request from President Bush to fund a major escalation of covert operations against Iran, according to current and former military, intelligence, and congressional sources…
[ vollständiger Artikel von Seymour M. Hersh ] [ bei Truthout ][ "Escalation" (audio) ]

7. Juli 2008 - The New Yorker, Seymour M. Hersh:

Annals of National Security:

Preparing the Battlefield

The Bush Administration steps up its secret moves against Iran.

Late last year, Congress agreed to a request from President Bush to fund a major escalation of covert operations against Iran, according to current and former military, intelligence, and congressional sources…

[ vollständiger Artikel ]  [ bei Truthout ]

[ "Escalation" (audio) ]

2. Juli 2008 - Inter Press Service - News Agency:

Official Says Iran Accepts P5+1 Talks Proposal

WASHINGTON - A senior Iranian official reportedly told members of the Iranian parliament Monday that Iran has agreed to freeze its enrichment programme for six weeks and begin negotiations with the P5+1 group of states as early as next week, according to reports of that decision by the Iranian Student News Agency (ISNA) and by a Farsi-language website in Iran.

[ vollständiger Artikel ]

29. Juni 2008 - Los Angeles Times

Iran Threatens to Shut Down Persian Gulf Oil Lanes if Attacked

A military official is quoted as saying Tehran would respond to a confrontation over its nuclear program.

[ vollständiger Artikel ] [ bei Truthout ]

20. Juni 2008 - World Socialist Web Site, Stefan Steinberg:

Israeli attack on Iran: “not a matter of if, but when”

An Israeli military strike is not a matter of if, but when, according to the German magazine Der Spiegel. The latest edition of the news weekly carries a four-page article entitled “Plan to Attack” devoted to preparations currently underway in Israel for air strikes against Iran.

The article begins by noting that the Israeli government has rejected economic sanctions as a means of preventing Iran from developing nuclear weapons. It states that “a broad consensus (in Israel) in favour of a military strike against Tehran’s nuclear facilities — without the Americans, if necessary — is beginning to take shape.”
[ vollständiger Artikel ]

5. Juni 2008 - Worl Socialist Web Site, Peter Symonds:

More US, Israeli threats against Iran

Strident remarks by Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) on Tuesday once again raised the prospect of a military attack on Iran before the end of the Bush administration.
[ vollständiger Artikel ]

9. Dezember 2007 - Power and Interest News Report:

''Intelligence Brief: NIE Report on Iran's Nuclear Weapons Program''

The latest U.S. National Intelligence Estimate, released on December 3, confirmed PINR's analyses from 2003 that Iran was likely seeking to acquire nuclear weapons. As PINR stated in 2003, Iran's interest in acquiring nuclear weapons lies in its goal of becoming the dominant state in the Middle East. By gaining a nuclear capability, Iran would have more leverage when dealing with rival countries, such as the United States, Israel and, previously, Iraq. Nuclear weapons would help to solidify regime survival in Tehran, and prevent outside states, such as Israel, from responding effectively to Iranian encroachment in the region.
[ zum vollständigen Artikel ]

8. Oktober 2007- The New Yorker:

Annals of National Security: 

Shifting Targets

The Administration’s plan for Iran.
[ der vollständige Text von Seymour M. Hersh in Englisch ]

28. März 2007 - Research Paper - Work in Progress by Ali Fatholla-Nejad:

Iran in the Eye of Strom

Why a Global War has Begun
[ die 103-seitige Studie in Englisch (PDF, 3360 kb) ]

5. März 2007 - The New Yorker, Seymour M. Hersh:

Annals of National Security:

The Redirection

Is the Administration’s new policy benefitting our enemies in the war on terrorism?
[ der vollständige Text in Englisch ]

16. Oktober 2006 - Scott Ritter:

Target Iran:

The Truth About the White House’s Plans for Regime Change

Former UN Weapons Inspector Scott Ritter: “The path that the United States is currently embarked on regarding Iran is a path that will inevitably lead to war. Such a course of action will make even the historical mistake we made in Iraq pale by comparison.”

[ zum vollständigen Artikel, sowie Audio und Video ]

27. März 2006 - The New Yorker, Seymour M. Hersh :

Annals of National Security: 

The Next Act

Is a damaged Administration less likely to attack Iran, or more?
[ der vollständige Text in Englisch ]

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