Tue Jan 29, 2013, 12:32 AM
Purveyor (28,738 posts)
Outside The West No One Is Much Concerned About Iran’s Nuclear Policies Threat – Chomsky
The West is obsessed with Iran’s nuclear threat. “Whatever threat it is, the obvious way to try to deal with it is to move towards establishing a nuclear weapons free zone in the region”, and the Arab world strongly supports this idea, said Noam Chomsky, Professor Emeritus in the Department of Linguistics and Philosophy at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, in an interview with the Voice of Russia. He also stressed that “both the US and Israel military, the military and the intelligence communities” are opposed to military solution to the Iranian crisis, commented on US carrying out the sophisticated cyber war against Iran, and stated that US is not in a position to control Russian resources.
Doubt that there will be any significant changes from the past four years. John Kerry’s nomination hearings for the Secretary of State indicated I think with the reasonable clarity that the positions he will be advocating and implementing are those that have been in place, there don’t seem to be any dramatic innovations inside.
However, some experts are telling me that perhaps Mr. Obama would be rather more focused on domestic policies somehow leaving aside the international issues which have been so controversial during his first presidency. But is this an accurate assessment?
Well, actually I think that’s even been true of the first four years, he began to retract US global involvement. There was a surge in Afghanistan, so called, but then the idea was to withdraw from Afghanistan and that’s apparently happening. He completed the withdrawal from Iraq. In the case of Libya, the policy was called Leading from Behind, which meant that the British and the French were basically functioning as the air force of the rebels and generally in violation of the Security Council resolution. And the US was providing the muscle, the force that was required for them to do it, but it didn’t take a leading role.
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Tue Jan 29, 2013, 12:59 AM
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1. There's also the fact that the US knows exactly what Iran is doing, and what they are not doing.
The USA has the ability to know precisely what the Iran regime is doing to build an atomic bomb. It is not something a country can hide.
Uranium enrichment to weapons grade, or -- horrors! -- plutonium enrichment, cannot be hidden. In these days of 24/7 satellite observation, such large enterprises as are required to make an A-Bomb are not hide able. One does not merely take the output of a nuclear power reactor to build an A-Bomb. There is much more to it.
There are many technologies which make an atomic bomb possible. Almost none of them are the requisite, and unhiddenable, weapons grade enrichment.
If Iran, or the hopelessly incompetent North Koreans were close to making a working A-Bomb... Well, they would do more than they are.
It's a very difficult problem. And neither Iran nor North Korea are close to solving it, nor hiding what they are doing.