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Drawing Paradise

on the

'Axis of Evil'

Emily Johns

A JNV Exhibition Catalogue

with essays by Milan Rai

A pdf of the catalogue (500kb) is available here.


Cover: Mr Ansari who runs an orphanage and educational project for girls in Natanz.

Contents

Introduction—Emily Johns

Images—Emily Johns

The Nuclear Challenge—Milan Rai

Nuclear Equality—Milan Rai

Nuclear Negotiations—Milan Rai

The Coup—Milan Rai


Drawing Paradise on the `Axis of Evil'

Emily Johns

The Persian word (pairidaeza), from which our word paradise comes, means a walled garden.

In May 2006 I travelled to Iran on a Fellowship of Reconciliation peace delegation during a period of international tension over Iran's nuclear programme. Since then I have been producing a body of images dealing with the complex relationships between Iran, oil and Britain. The work weaves together the larger international dynamics, the mutual cultural influences, and the more intimate personal connections of Iranian-British relations.

The delegation itinerary was very intense, meeting with NGOs, community groups, academics, politicians, young people, and clerics, and also travelling through the country to visit antiquities and cultural sites. My drawings were, by neccessity, as speedy as our travelling.

In the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks the 'War on Terror' was delared by the US and Britain and with the announcement of which countries were on the 'Axis of Evil' it was apparent that foreign policy would involve attacks or aggressive diplomacy against Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran, Syria, N. Korea.

I felt that since we have been given so much advance notice of the atrocities that our government was willing to commit we have a duty to be well prepared to prevent these wars.

It seemed that I, as a visual artist, could contribute to deflecting the propaganda preparation that is neccessary to turn a people and a country into enemies and ‘legitimate targets’.

The ‘war artist’ documents the process of war, and comments on the aftermath of war. This project is ‘pre-war art’ - an equivalent process for a conflict that I hope may never take place. It deals with the themes that a war artist might deal with, but in a period of tension rather than after the outbreak of hostilities.

My approach has been from the perspective of British relations with Persia and the intertwining of histories.

Culturally, ‘Persia’ has been a potent influence on the British imagination - on poetry, on theatre, on story-telling, and on ceramics. Economically and politically, Iran has played an increasingly important role in British and Western imaginations as an oil producer, a militant Islamic state, and a suspected potential nuclear proliferator.

Drawing Paradise on the ‘Axis of Evil’ is an attempt to use imaginative engagement to provoke a more rounded debate, by transcending labels such as ‘the axis of evil’ and to ground public debate in human realities.

The Iran that is so widely feared is also a land that has produced, and continues to produce, gardens of paradise and poetry.


Justice Not Vengeance (JNV) is an anti-war group which opposes the US-UK 'war on terrorism', and campaigns for a peaceful resolution of international conflicts, based on justice and equality. www.j-n-v.org

This exhibition was funded by Juliet Gomperts Trust, Methodist Peace Fellowship, Fellowship of Reconciliation, Seeds of Hope Ploughshares and JNV donors.

Major Gerald Talbot and the Tobacco Fatwa

In 1890, the Qajar Shah of Iran, Nasir al-Din Shah granted a tobacco concession to a British company headed by Major Gerald Talbot. In exchange for a large loan to the Shah, the firm was granted a monopoly on producing, selling, and exporting tobacco crop in exchange for a loan. Tobacco was popular in Iran, and the tobacco industry employed large numbers of people. The concession provoked a mass movement of protest, and led Grand Ayatollah Mirza Shirazi to issue his famous fatwa against using tobacco. Tobacco merchants ceased trading, and the two-month boycott was observed universally—even by the Shah's harem. The Shah was forced to rescind the concession. Major Talbot and the forces he represented were squeezed back into the bottle that the Shah had opened.


26 May 1908

On this date oil was struck at Masjid-i-Sulaiman (`The Mosque of Solomon') in western Iran, by the fore-runner to the Anglo-Iranian Oil Company, later to become `British Petroleum' or BP. This was the first oil well to be established in Iran. Oil is bursting from the well at the Mosque of Solomon, piercing the flying carpet of King Solomon, puncturing the fabric of Iranian society.

 

Oil Nationalisation

Mohammed Mossadegh was elected Prime Minister of Iran by the Majlis or Parliament on 28 April 1951 after leading the effort to nationalise the Anglo-Iranian Oil Company. With the help of the CIA, MI6 managed to bring about a coup that deposed Mossadegh in August 1953, and imposed a military dictatorship headed by the Shah of Iran. (See `The Coup' later in this catalogue.) If oil is a natural force, accompanied by spirits, Mossadegh was one such nature spirit or genie—forced into a bottle by the US-UK intervention.

 


Shredded Truth—

CIA Documents

After the Iranian Revolution in January 1979, Iranian students seized the US Embassy in Tehran (on 4 November 1979). Although US intelligence officials inside the Embassy rapidly shredded confidential documents as the buildings were being occupied, many of these documents were painstakingly reconstructed by the students, and later published, documenting continuing US interference in the country.


Chemical Weapons in Paradise

The word `paradise' comes from the Old Persian word pairidaeza meaning `a walled-in compound' or garden. The classic `paradise garden' contains a rectangular pool of water, with strictly-aligned rows of trees and flowerbeds, and a grid of canals. Thousands of such gardens exist today in Iran, full of pomegranate trees, birdsong and butterflies. This picture was inspired by a meeting with survivors of chemical weapons attacks during the Iran-Iraq War, who had had their eyes destroyed by mustard gas. Some of them must have been gardeners, who now can no longer gaze on paradise. One survivor I met now organizes solidarity events with Hiroshima survivors, who plunged into the river to cool their burns on 6 August 1945. In this picture, the gardener stands in a canal to cool his chemical burns.


The Rose and The Nightingale

The image of the rose and the nightingale, the lover and the beloved, is a theme of Persian poetry and art. In Sufi Islam, it is a mystical image representing the search for the divine. The oil of Iran is the desired, the sought-after, poisoning the seekers. It has been a long and complex love affair.


Samples of the Oil Spirit

Rivers, woods and seas have their own spirits. Oil has its own spirit, that has been pent up underground, leaking sometimes through the surface of the earth. As with the genies of The One Thousand and One Nights, the spirit of oil can be liberated and controlled by the human will, but its restless force threatens to break free of human intentions with devastating consequences. The danger runs alongside the melancholy waste of this mighty spirit, producing throwaway products and burning oil with reckless abandon. Oil companies store samples of crude oil from different wells in collecting tubes, for analysis.


The Blind Censor

In Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books, Azar Nafisi writes that until 1994, the chief film censor in Iran was a blind cleric. He required assistants to describe to him the contents of the films he was examining. Since the 1979 Revolution, Iran has had a world-famous film industry, producing poetic and striking films working within—and sometimes outside—the censorship system.


Airbus

On 3 July 1988 Iran Air Flight 655, a commercial flight inside a commercial air corridor, was shot down by one of the US Navy's most technologically-advanced cruisers, the USS Vincennes. All 290 passengers and crew aboard were killed, including 66 children. Few of the bodies recovered were complete. The US government never admitted wrongdoing and never apologised for the destruction of Flight 655. The men of the Vincennes were all awarded combat-action ribbons. Commander Lustig, the air-warfare coordinator on board the Vincennes, received the US Navy's Commendation Medal for `heroic achievement'; his `ability to maintain his poise and confidence under fire' having enabled him to `quickly and precisely complete the firing procedure.' Captain Rogers and Lieutenant Commander Lustig were later awarded the Legion of Merit for their performance on 3 July 1988.


Bam Earthquake — Underground Poetry

43,000 people were killed in the earthquake that destroyed the ancient city of Bam on Boxing Day 2003. Some of the survivors (including Shahrbanou Mazandarani, a woman of 97 rescued alive after eight days in ruins) had sustained themselves underground by reciting poetry from memory.

The human race is a single being

Created from one jewel

If one member is struck

All must feel the blow

Only someone who cares for the pain of others

Can truly be called human

—Saadi, circa 1200AD

 

 

 


and sanctions, hundreds of thousands of people have died and an enormous number of antiquities have been destroyed. We mourn the people who have been lost, and we mourn the ancient history that has been lost. We mourn the souls embedded in those artifacts that have been destroyed, and their awe-inspiring creativity, now snuffed out. This museum cabinet is a mixture of Persian artifacts from the British Museum and the Tehran National Museum.

Souls in Cabinets

An artifact in a museum case contains the soul of a society, of a people. It holds the human imprint of the person who made it, who can survive over thousands of years in that pot or in that fragment of writing. In Iraq, over the past few decades of war


Gateway of All Nations — Persepolis

The `Gateway of All Nations' is the entrance into the ancient city of Persepolis, built 2,500 years ago. All the subject nations of the Persian Empire, from the Greeks to the Ethiopians, would come to Persepolis to offer tribute to the King of Kings at the New Year celebrations at Spring equinox. In the nineteenth century, representatives of Western nations chiselled their names into the gateway, as if claiming territory. Western nations exported nuclear technology to Iran, and now threaten Iran with nuclear attack for developing this nuclear technology. Physicians for Social Responsibility have estimated that nuclear attacks on the Esfahan nuclear reprocessing facility and on the Natanz nuclear enrichment plant would lead to the deaths of 2.6 million people within 48 hours. Behind the Gateway, a nuclear mushroom cloud is rising—a possible future for our civilizations.


The Nuclear Challenge

The international community is concerned about Iran's nuclear programme. Iran is developing a technology—gas centrifuge uranium enrichment—that can in principle produce fuel for nuclear power plants, and weapons-grade material for nuclear weapons.

Chain Reaction

The dangerous substance at the heart of this dispute is the rare, radioactive metal called Uranium-235 or U-235. U-235 is highly `fissile': if an atom of U-235 is hit hard by a sub-atomic `neutron', it is liable to break apart into two smaller atoms, releasing a burst of heat and ejecting two or three more neutrons.

If there are a lot of U-235 atoms packed together, then these new loose neutrons are likely to smash into more U-235 atoms, breaking them apart. These splitting atoms will in turn throw out more neutrons, hitting and breaking up more atoms. Because each atom hit is likely to trigger the splitting—or `fission'—

of two or three more atoms, this process rapidly leads to a self-sustaining `chain reaction'. It is this chain reaction that creates energy to be released in quantities useful for human purposes.

`Nuclear fission' of U-235 can be used in an uncontrolled chain reaction that yields one huge

burst of heat and light—in a nuclear bomb.

If the U-235 is not 100 per cent pure, but mixed with material that absorbs some of the neutrons, then the chain reaction can be controlled, and energy released in a steady flow of heat. This heat can be used to power steam turbines and generate electricity—in a nuclear power plant.

Uranium-235 is the key ingredient for most nuclear reactor designs and for most basic nuclear weapon designs. The problem is while uranium itself is not that rare, the U-235 variety is rare.

Isotopes

Naturally-existing uranium comes in in two varieties (`isotopes'): Uranium-235 and Uranium-238. In natural uranium ore, U-235 and U-238 are mixed up together.


Atomic Weights

Imagine the atom as a planet (the `nucleus') with tiny satellites (electrons) hurtling around it. Enrichment relies on the fact that the two kinds of uranium have `planets' with different `atomic weights'.

U-235 has 235 basic particles clumped together to make up its planet. U-238 has 238 such particles.

There are two kinds of basic particle: protons (positively-charged) and neutrons (which have no electrical charge). All uranium atoms have 92 protons. The isotopes vary in how many neutrons there are in the nucleus: U-235 has 143 neutrons (92+143=235); U-238 has 146 neutrons (92+146=238).

Somehow, this tiny difference has a huge effect on the internal structures of the two isotopes. The U-235 atom is much more fragile, and can be smashed to pieces by a flying neutron, where the more stable

U-238 atom just absorbs such an assault.

The Gas Centrifuge

The difference in atomic weights between U-235 and U-238 is also the basis for enrichment technologies.

Only 0.7 per cent of the ore is U-235; 99.3 per cent is U-238.

The two isotopes have different characteristics: U-235 is easily broken apart (`fissile'), while U-238 is not. If an atom of U-238 is hit by a neutron, it is more like to absorb the blow without an explosive shattering. It doesn't release energy, or throw off more neutrons.

The overwhelming proportion of U-238 in natural uranium stops any chance of a chain reaction.

For uranium to be useable—either as a fuel or as material for a nuclear weapon—the proportion of

U-235 in any block of uranium has to be increased, and the proportion of U-238 has to be decreased, to allow a chain reaction to begin and then continue.

Enrichment

For uranium to be useful as reactor fuel, it has to be `enriched' to 3 to 5 per cent U-235. (It is still 97 to 95 per cent U-238.) This is `low-enriched uranium' (LEU).

For military purposes, the uranium generally has to be enriched to over 90 per cent U-235: `weapons-grade' uranium or `highly-enriched uranium' (HEU).


As we have just seen, U-238 has three more sub-atomic particles in its nucleus than U-235. It is therefore ever so slightly (1.3 per cent) heavier. There are different technologies that can use this tiny difference in weight to separate out the U-238, and thereby increase the proportion of U-235. Iran is using `gas centrifuges' to accomplish this task.

Iran has uranium deposits. The uranium ore is mined, crushed, ground, and chemically purified into solid `yellow cake'. Further processing and reaction with fluoride turns this into uranium hexafluoride gas (UF6). The task is then to enrich this uranium gas.

This is achieved by whirling the gas in a centrifuge—a massive metal cylinder—at 50,000 to 70,000 revolutions per minute. The U-238 atoms, which are heavier, tend to collect on the outside edge of the cylinder. The relatively lighter U-235 atoms are more concentrated towards the centre of the cylinder.

A tube sucks out the lighter gas at the centre of the centrifuge, and feeds it into an identical centrifuge, where the process is repeated. The gas sucked out of the centre of this centrifuge is slightly lighter than the gas that was fed in, and therefore has a slightly higher proportion of U-235 in it.

By passing the increasingly lighter gas through a series or `cascade' of gas centrifuges, the proportion of

U-235 in the uranium is gradually increased.

Dual-Use Technology

After the gas has been passed through a cascade of centrifuges, it can be enriched enough for nuclear fuel (3-5 per cent U-235). If it is sent through the same cascade many, many more times, it can be enriched into weapons-grade material (90 per cent U-235).

So the same equipment can produce either peaceful (`low-enriched') or military (`highly-enriched') uranium. (`HEU' can mean 20+ per cent U-235, but weapons designers use the term to mean 90+ per cent.)

Weapons-Grade

It takes a lot of centrifuges to make weapons-grade uranium. Richard L. Garwin, the architect of the world's first hydrogen bomb, and an eminent US nuclear scientist, points out that the basic `gun-type' design for a nuclear weapon requires 60 kilograms of HEU, while the more sophisticated `implosion' design requires only 20 kg. [Source: Richard L. Garwin, `HEU Did It', Foreign Affairs, March/April 2005 <http://tinyurl.com/lbba6>]


`Implosion' involves simultaneously firing precisely-shaped conventional explosives all around a ball of

U-235 to compress it into tiny sphere, a major technical challenge compared to the `gun-type' design, which just blasts one block of U-235 into another.

Nuclear expert Frank Barnaby suggests that using its current centrifuge design in a 3,000-centrifuge cascade, Iran might be able to produce 40 kilograms of highly-enriched uranium per year.

If Iran overcame the complexities of the `implosion' design, this could generate enough HEU for six nuclear weapons in just over five years of operation, according to Barnaby. This is regarded as the minimum number of weapons needed for a credible nuclear arsenal. [Source: Frank Barnaby, Iran's Nuclear Activities, Oxford Research Group, February 2006 <http://tinyurl.com/oldr6>]

On the more conservative assumption that the objective is a `gun-type' device, it would take 3,000 centrifuges over a year and a half to produce enough HEU for one nuclear weapon. In five years there might be enough for three nuclear bombs, if all the other technical challenges had been overcome.

50,000 Centrifuges

Iran has told the IAEA it intends to build a nuclear fuel production plant containing more than 50,000 centrifuges. This is clearly more than enough to produce the weapons-grade uranium for a substantial nuclear force. In a single year, the cascade could produce the HEU for more than ten `gun-type' weapons, or over thirty `implosion-type' bombs.

At the moment (1 September 2006), Iran has only 164 known centrifuges. [Source: David Albright and Jacqueline Shire, `Iran's Centrifuge Program: Defiant but Delayed', 31 August 2006 <http://tinyurl.com/j8bqr>] It would take Iran well over ten years to construct a 50,000 centrifuge cascade.

Why 50,000 centrifuges? According to Richard Garwin, a large reactor (capable of producing 1 million kilowatts of electricity) uses up 22.7 tons of low-enriched uranium (LEU) every year. To produce this much LEU, you need to run a cascade of 50,000 standard-capacity centrifuges for a whole year. [Source: Richard L. Garwin, `HEU Did It', Foreign Affairs, March/April 2005 <http://tinyurl.com/lbba6>] The cascade would produce this year the fuel you needed to run the reactor next year.


So, to run an independent nuclear power system, you need a big enough uranium mine, the ability to process it into uranium gas, and a 50,000 centrifuge cascade able to produce 22.7 tons of nuclear fuel in a year (uranium enriched to 3-5 per cent U-235), to run a large nuclear power reactor for a year.

3,000 Centrifuges

It takes a lot of energy to run a large cascade of centrifuges. That electricity must be supplied without a break and without fluctuation, in order to protect the centrifuges from damage. According to Frank Barnaby, even operating a cascade of 3,000 centrifuges would use as much electricity as a sizeable city. He points out that `It would, therefore, be impossible to operate such a facility clandestinely.' [Source: Frank Barnaby, Iran's Nuclear Activities, Oxford Research Group, February 2006 <http://tinyurl.com/oldr6>]

Breakout

International concern has so far centred not so much on the possibility that Iran may develop a hidden enrichment programme, but on the weapons development capability that a large, declared centrifuge programme would give the country when it is mature.

If inspectors from the UN's International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) are allowed to monitor Iran's nuclear facilities rigorously, the international community can have confidence that they are not being used to produce weapons-grade uranium.

However, if Iran does build a 50,000 centrifuge array, the fear is that it could at any time withdraw from the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, expel the IAEA, and rapidly produce weapons-grade uranium.

However, Frank Barnaby points out that Iranian uranium ore is contaminated with the heavy metals including molybdenum. These metals would condense and block pipes and valves in the centrifuge system, rendering Iran unable to enrich above 20 per cent U-235—unable to produce weapons grade uranium—without foreign technology to deal with the metals. The `breakout' fear seems to be unfounded.

Barnaby suggests that the surest route available to Iran —if it is intent on a nuclear weapons capability—is to produce plutonium at the planned Arak heavy water reactor, not likely to be possible until 2014. [Source: Frank Barnaby, Would Airstrikes Work?, Oxford Research Group, March 2007, p. 7 <http://tinyurl.com/2vj2a8>.]


Nuclear Equality

The Non-Proliferation Treaty

The desire to bring an end to Iran's uranium enrichment programme is a perfectly legitimate diplomatic objective. What is not legitimate, however, is to present this as a legal requirement on Iran, to be enforced by military action.

International law does not ban uranium enrichment.

Countries which have signed the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) have the right to develop nuclear power programmes (for peaceful purposes), and to exchange nuclear technology with others:

ARTICLE IV

1. Nothing in this Treaty shall be interpreted as affecting the inalienable right of all the Parties to the Treaty to develop research, production and use of nuclear energy for peaceful purposes without discrimination and in conformity with Articles I and II of this Treaty.

2. All the Parties to the Treaty undertake to facilitate, and have the right to participate in, the fullest possible

exchange of equipment, materials and scientific and technological information for the peaceful uses of nuclear energy. Parties to the Treaty in a position to do so shall also co-operate in contributing alone or together with other States or international organizations to the further development of the applications of nuclear energy for peaceful purposes, especially in the territories of non-nuclear-weapon States Party to the Treaty, with due consideration for the needs of the developing areas of the world. [Source: Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, <http://tinyurl.com/87t7x>]

The bargain made in 1968 was that the nuclear weapon states would get rid of their nuclear weapons (Article VI) and share nuclear technology with everyone who signed the NPT (Article IV), while the non-nuclear weapon states would gain access to that technology and be allowed to develop it freely, so long as they did not develop nuclear weapons.

The NPT has two core problems.

(1) There is no mechanism or timetable in the Treaty for forcing the nuclear weapon states to disarm as they promise under Article VI; and

(2) Article IV allows non-nuclear weapons states that sign the NPT to develop their civilian nuclear power capabilities right up to the threshold of


Nuclear Equality

The Western position is that Iran cannot be trusted with enrichment technology. The Iranian position is that it has a legal right to this technology, and that it is no less trustworthy than any other country.

North Korea was a member of the NPT. Pyongyang announced that it was withdrawing from the NPT on 10 January 2003, and then communicated to the US that it actually possessed nuclear weapons on 10 February 2005. The response was not an international crisis and military threats, but negotiation (though these negotiations have yet to result in real progress either in terms of nuclear disarmament or greater security on the Korean peninsula).

Why should the international community be more concerned about Iran (which is a member of the NPT, inspected by the IAEA, and many years away from being able to build a nuclear weapon) than North Korea (which is no longer a member of the NPT, no longer inspected by the IAEA, and which is thought to actually possess nuclear weapons)?

India never signed the NPT, but it did participate in the `Atoms for Peace' programme in the 1950s,

nuclear weapons production. They also have the right to withdraw from the treaty, and to develop nuclear weapons, free from monitoring by the International Atomic Energy Authority (IAEA).

This is the legal framework of the NPT.

Iran's ambitious nuclear power programme may be deeply worrying for the region, but it is entirely legal within the framework of the NPT. The US and UK are pressing Iran to give up its legal rights under the NPT to enrich uranium, and to withdraw from the NPT.

That is a perfectly legitimate diplomatic objective. However, in diplomacy, when you want to persuade someone to give up a right that they possess, you have to offer them something of equal value to them, to compensate them for their loss.

If they have a right to a legitimate activity, then it is not legally or morally justifiable to threaten them with military attack or massive economic loss to intimidate them into giving up their rights.


whereby it gained nuclear technologies by promising not to use them for military purposes. The US supplied reactors, `heavy water', and access to training in US nuclear laboratories. In 1974, India carried out what it described as a `peaceful nuclear explosion'. The US responded with sanctions, and helped form the `Nuclear Suppliers Group' (NSG) in 1975. The NSG countries coordinate their exports to prevent nuclear technologies being diverted to military programmes.

India declared its nuclear weapons capability in May 1998 with five massive nuclear test explosions. The US responded with more sanctions.

On 2 March 2006, President George W. Bush finalized a deal with India which would effectively reverse all US nuclear sanctions, and make an exception for India in the NSG regime, despite the fact that India remained outside the NPT and refused to allowed international inspections of all its nuclear programmes. President Bush said: `Congress has got to understand that it's in our economic interests that India have a civilian nuclear power industry to help take the pressure off the global demand for energy.' [Source: `US and India seal nuclear accord', BBC News Online, 2 March 2006 <http://tinyurl.com/nmejd>]

Why should the international community be discussing sanctions against Iran, which is still a member of the NPT, which still allows international inspections, and which is years away from having a nuclear weapon, when the US is undermining the Non-Proliferation Treaty by removing sanctions against India, which is not a member of the NPT, does not allow international inspections, and which has had nuclear weapons since 1998?

Pakistan never signed the NPT. It initiated a weapons programme instead, culminating in the nuclear tests of 1998 which established it as a nuclear weapons state.

On 4 February 2004, Doctor Abdul Qadeer Khan, father of the Pakistani bomb, confessed on television that he had sold nuclear weapons-related technology to other countries—believed to be Libya, North Korea and Iran. [Source: Paul Reynolds, `On the trail of the black market bombs', BBC News Online, 12 February 2004 <http://tinyurl.com/bzq3p>]

US expert Gary Samore, then Director of Studies at the International Institute of Strategic Studies (IISS), gave his opinion to the British Parliament's Foreign Affairs Committee: `I think it is much more likely that what we are witnessing is proliferation as a matter of


state policy'. [Source: House of Commons Foreign Affairs Committee Report, 29 July 2004 <http://tinyurl.com/ebxld>] This was the general view of informed observers, including US intelligence officials. [Source: S. Hersh, `The deal: Why is Washington going easy on Pakistan's nuclear black marketers?', New Yorker, 8 March 2004 <http://tinyurl.com/3fhkb>]

The day after his confession, Khan was officially pardoned and placed under house arrest in his mansion. [Source: Ash-har Quraishi, `U.S. supports nuclear pardon', CNN, 5 February 2004 <http://tinyurl.com/47qt3>] No outside investigation was permitted.

In earlier years, the US had applied sanctions on Pakistan because of its nuclear weapons programme and its suspected proliferation activities. In the aftermath of the 11 September 2001 attacks, these measures were dropped.

President Bush said that maintaining sanctions which barred military aid to Pakistan `would not be in the national security interests of the United States'. [Source: Luke Harding and Rory McCarthy, `Sanctions lifted as US rewards Pakistan', Guardian, 24 September 2001 <http://tinyurl.com/zzdll>]

No US or UK sanctions were (re-)imposed after the A.Q. Khan revelations in 2004. Before the 2003 invasion of Iraq, Prime Minister Tony Blair promised Parliament that after the war there would be a concerted effort against nuclear proliferation: `We have to confront those companies and individuals trading in weapons of mass destruction.' [Source: Hansard, 29 January 2003, col 880 <http://tinyurl.com/klfw3>] No action was taken against Khan or Pakistan.

In May 2006, Leonard Weiss, author of previous US nonproliferation legislation, told a congressional committee that: `at least some parts of the [Khan] network are definitely still functioning'. Weiss observed that `an educated guess based on the unclassified literature is that a good part of the network is still intact, and that additions to it are being actively sought.' [Source: Leonard Weiss, House Sub-committee on International Terrorism and Non-proliferation, 25 May 2006 <http://tinyurl.com/ehu6o>]

Why should the international community consider sanctions against Iran, which is merely engaging in uranium enrichment, when it failed to take decisive action against the Khan/Pakistan nuclear proliferation network for many years, did not punish those


activities when exposed (the IAEA was not allowed even to question Khan), and is even now failing to take action against illegal nuclear trading by Pakistan? The United States has, as in the case of India, rolled back its nuclear-related sanctions regime against Pakistan.

Once again: Iran is a member of the NPT, and allows international inspections; Pakistan is not and does not. Iran is not a nuclear weapons state; Pakistan is. Iran is not known to have exported nuclear technology; Pakistan is known to have exported such technology to at least three countries, and may well be still running an illegal nuclear technology trading system. Why the sole focus on Iran?

Israel, like India, like Pakistan, has never signed the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. Like those countries, Israel has developed nuclear weapons. With initial technical assistance from France and political support from the United States, Israel has built up a substantial nuclear force, believed to include air-, ground- and possibly sea-launched nuclear bombs and missiles with a suspected maximum range of 7000 miles. Estimates of the size of the Israeli nuclear arsenal range from 75-200 weapons. [Source: Robert S. Norris, William Arkin, Hans M. Kristensen, and Joshua Handler, `Israeli nuclear forces, 2002', Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, September/October 2002, pp. 73-

75 (vol. 58, no. 05) <http://tinyurl.com/anxso>]

Like Pakistan, Israel has engaged in nuclear proliferation activities. An explosion high in the atmosphere on September 22, 1979, off the eastern coast of South Africa is widely believed to have been a clandestine Israeli test in co-operation with the apartheid state. [Source: Norris, Arkin, Kristensen, and Handler, `Israeli nuclear forces, 2002', Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, <http://tinyurl.com/anxso>]

Israel has a policy of `nuclear ambiguity', of never confirming that it possesses nuclear weapons. Apart from anything else, if Israel did publicly declare itself to be a nuclear weapon state, it would trigger US nonproliferation legislation that would cut off around $3 billion worth of aid every year. [Source: David R. Francis, `Economist tallies swelling cost of Israel to US', Christian Science Monitor, 9 December 2002 <http://tinyurl.com/3agey>]

Israel's nuclear doctrine includes the `Samson Option'. In the Biblical story, Samson, when trapped, brought the Temple down upon himself and his enemies.

One version of the nuclear `Samson Option' was described by Israeli nuclear insider Oded Brosh in April 1992 as the `last-minute option' to deny Arab


leaders a victory by the threat of `the destruction of Arab civilization.' Brosh acknowledged that this would mean Israeli `national suicide'. [Source: Israel Shahak, Open Secrets: Israeli Nuclear and Foreign Policies (Pluto, 1997), p.38]

More useful on a day-to-day basis is the Samson Option as a threat to use nuclear weapons against Israel's enemies—and its allies. So the Israelis threatened to use their nuclear arsenal during the 1973 Arab-Israeli war in order to accelerate the supply of US arms. [Source: Seymour Hersh, The Samson Option: Israel, America and the Bomb (Faber & Faber, 1991), pp.137, 227-238]

The first director of the Israeli Institute for the Development of Weapons, Munya Mardoch, said: `the moral and political meaning of nuclear weapons is that states which renounce their use are acquiescing to the status of vassal states. All those states which feel satisfied with possessing conventional weapons alone are fated to become vassal states.' [Source: Shahak, Open Secrets: Israeli Nuclear and Foreign Policies, p.153]

Oded Brosh, speaking semi-officially, referred to long-term security issues for Israel: `the Saudi royal family is

not going to reign forever', and `the Egyptian regime [currently friendly to Israel] may change'. Israel must be ready to use its nuclear weapons in such contingencies, Brosh argued. [Source: Shahak, Open Secrets: Israeli Nuclear and Foreign Policies, p.40]

The Nuclear Fatwa

In contrast, Iran has no known nuclear weapons doctrine, and its highest authorities have condemned the use of nuclear weapons. On 14 January 2006, the much-feared Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said: `A nation which has culture, logic and civilization does not need nuclear weapons. The countries which seek nuclear weapons are those which want to solve all problems by the use of force. Our nation does not need such weapons.' [Source: `Excerpts: Ahmadinejad conference', BBC News Online, 14 January 2006, <http://tinyurl.com/p9dwn>]

In Iran, the President does not direct foreign policy.

`It is the Supreme Leader, not the president, who controls the armed forces and makes decisions on security, defence and major foreign policy issues.' [Source: `Iran: Who holds the power?', BBC News Online, undated <http://tinyurl.com/mklrc>]


uranium, `heavy water', plutonium, tritium and beryllium. [Source: Meirion Jones, `Secret sale of UK plutonium to Israel', BBC Newsnight, March 2006 <http://tinyurl.com/fmvu6>]

Nuclear Hypocrisy

In the 1970s, the US government urged Iran to purchase $6bn worth of (US) nuclear technology—because Iran's energy supplies were dwindling.

President Ford signed a 1976 directive offering Tehran a US-built reprocessing facility producing plutonium and enriched uranium, key nuclear ingredients for nuclear weapons. Policy was made by a national security policy team including Dick Cheney (chief of staff), Donald Rumsfeld (chief of staff), and Paul Wolfowitz (nonproliferation officer at the US Arms Control and Disarmament Agency).

`It is absolutely incredible that the very same players who made those statements then are making completely the opposite ones now,' says Joseph Cirincione, a nonproliferation expert at the US Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. (Source: Dafna Linzer, `Past Arguments Don't Square With Current Iran Policy', Washington Post, 27 March 2005 <tinyurl.com/yd9d2q>)

The current `Supreme Leader', Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, is said by the Iranian government to have issued a `fatwa' or legal ruling that: `the production, stockpiling and use of nuclear weapons are forbidden under Islam and that the Islamic Republic of Iran shall never acquire these weapons'. [Source: `Iran's Statement at IAEA Emergency Meeting', Mehr News Agency, 10 August 2005 <http://tinyurl.com/jlyhy>]

It is not possible to accept the declared policy of any state at face value. However, the difference between the policy statements quoted above is stark, and raises forcefully the question of why the international community is being pushed to focus its nuclear nonproliferation concerns against Iran, and Iran alone.

Iran has no nuclear weapons, is a member of the NPT, and allows international inspections of its nuclear facilities. Israel has as many as 200 nuclear weapons of the most sophisticated varieties, has never signed the NPT, forbids international inspections, and spread nuclear weapons technology to apartheid South Africa.

Incidentally, using Freedom of Information legislation, BBC Newsnight discovered in 2005 and early 2006 that Britain made hundreds of nuclear-weapons-related shipments to Israel in the 1960s, including


Nuclear Negotiations



International concern flared up in mid-2002, when an Iranian opposition group, the `National Council of Resistance of Iran', announced that an enrichment facility was being built near the town of Natanz, in central Iran. Iran admitted to the construction programme, and it became clear that enrichment-related activities had been going on for over a decade, unknown to the International Atomic Energy Agency.

The IAEA conducted its first inspection of Natanz in February 2003, viewing 160 centrifuges which formed the `pilot fuel enrichment plant', nearing completion. The knowledge gained in operating this smaller cascade will be essential in running the 50,000 centrifuge cascade. If it is ever built, that cascade will be housed in a much larger hall built more than 50 feet underground, to protect it from aerial attack.

Iran is legally entitled to build an enrichment facility, as noted earlier. What caused international concern was the fact that so much experimentation and

construction had taken place without informing the IAEA, allegedly a procedural breach.

On 7 June 1981, Israel launched an unprovoked aerial assault on the Osirak nuclear reactor in Iraq destroying it before it could be completed. From Iran's point of view, exposing its enrichment facility before it was operational would have been an invitation to Israel to try to repeat the Osirak attack. There have been repeated threats of such action since 2002. [Sources: Mark Hibbs, `Officials say Israel will destroy Natanz plant if Iran operates it', Nucleonics Week, 3 July 2003, cached at <http://tinyurl.com/joy9z>; Uzi Mahnaimi, Tel Aviv, and Sarah Baxter, `Israel readies forces for strike on nuclear Iran', Sunday Times, 11 December 2005 <http://tinyurl.com/bndty>]

The United States has also issued a number of threats of military assault, including nuclear threats. US military officers reportedly had to stand up to the civilian leadership to remove the nuclear option from war plans targeting the deeply-buried Iranian facilities at Natanz. [Source: Seymour Hersh, `Last Stand: The military's problem with the President's Iran policy', New Yorker, 10 July 2006 <http://tinyurl.com/kmea7>]


Military strikes are not capable of stopping Iran from seeking nuclear weapons—if that is indeed Iran's intention.

The head of the IAEA, Mohamed ElBaradei says: `I do not believe that military strikes can solve this problem. They can delay development at best. Following an attack, the Iranians would most certainly go underground to produce a weapon as quickly and deliberately as possible.' [Source: `Al-Qaida also Wants the Bomb', Interview with Mohamed ElBaradei, Der Spiegel, 21 February 2005 <tinyurl.com/n6mvk>]

The IAEA would be expelled and the world would have no way of monitoring Iranian nuclear activities.

There would also be significant human, economic and political costs to military action [see Paul Rogers, `Iran: Consequences of a War', February 2006 <http://tinyurl.com/nkn6b>], quite apart from the fact that such bombing raids would be entirely illegal.

BBC journalist Paul Reynolds remarked in May 2006: `That an attack is illegal is also a view shared by former British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw. He told reporters the other day that an Article 51 [self-defence] action could not be justified.' [Source: `Would an attack on

Iran be legal?', BBC News Online, 9 May 2006 <http://tinyurl.com/rbqta>]

In the case of North Korea, another member of the alleged `Axis of Evil', the US responded to Pyongyang's nuclear proliferation by participating in direct talks, and signing an agreement in which Washington promised not to attack North Korea with either nuclear or conventional weapons - a `security guarantee'. [Source: `Full text: N Korea nuclear agreement', BBC News Online, 19 September 2005  <http://tinyurl.com/pk8gy>.]

Across the political spectrum, it is now recognized that a similar offer will be needed if Iran is to be persuaded to forego uranium enrichment, which has become an enormously popular nationalist cause. Senior US Republican Senator Chuck Hagel urges: `Ultimately, any resolution will most likely require security assurances for Iran.' [Financial Times, 8 May 2006 <http://tinyurl.com/nojkh>]

The Financial Times warns that attacking Iran would be `a catastrophe', and proposes this bargain: `Iran would have to halt uranium enrichment and stop work on its heavy water reactor as well as fully account for past and current nuclear activity. The US


would have to complement European trade and investment carrots with security guarantees (including not to invade) and by facilitating regional security arrangements. This is an opportunity that must be seized.' [15 May 2006 <http://tinyurl.com/rav7r>]

The outlines of a `grand bargain' were set out by Tehran in 2003, in a fax sent directly to the US State Department. Flynt Leverett, then a senior director on the US National Security Council staff, saw the Iranian proposal. He describes it as `a serious effort, a respectable effort to lay out a comprehensive agenda for US-Iranian rapprochement.'

The document lists a series of Iranian aims for the talks, such as ending US sanctions, full access to peaceful nuclear technology and a recognition of its `legitimate security interests.' In return, Iran was willing to discuss full cooperation on nuclear safeguards, `decisive action' against terrorists, coordination in Iraq, ending `material support' for Palestinian militias, and accepting the Saudi initiative for a two-state solution in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. [Glenn Kessler, `In 2003, U.S. Spurned Iran's Offer of Dialogue', Washington Post, 18 June 2006 <http://tinyurl.com/pfota>]

Iran was willing to publicly accept Israel's continued existence in a two-state solution, as part of a larger conflict resolution process with the US.

The current negotiations between Iran and the international community will have to grapple with the issue of security guarantees, as the Financial Times among others has warned. Otherwise they amount to little more than intimidation, applying a completely different standard of behaviour to Iran than that applied to North Korea, Pakistan, India or Israel.

Unlike those states, Iran is not a nuclear weapons state, and currently has a (relatively) clean bill of health from the IAEA. There are questions still to be answered, as in the case of Iraq before the 2003 invasion, but four years of on-the-ground inspections inside Iran have failed to uncover any evidence of diversion of nuclear materials to nuclear weapons or other nuclear explosive devices. [IAEA Board Report, 22 February 2007 <http://tinyurl.com/2chdeu>]


The Coup

In November 2003, President George W. Bush publicly deplored the `freedom deficit' in in the Middle East. `Our commitment to democracy is being tested in the Middle East,' he said. He had a special warning for the Government of Iran: `the regime in Tehran must heed the democratic demands of the Iranian people, or lose its last claim to legitimacy'.

Such pronouncements, echoed by Tony Blair, have found little support from democratic forces within Iran. Nobel Peace Prize winner, Iranian lawyer Shirin Ebadi is a powerful force for democracy in Iran. But she warns: `when the United States undertakes a military invasion of another country, the situation for human rights activists can deteriorate. In Iran, for example, every time we speak of defending human rights, we are asked: "Do you want to be like Iraq?" `

Asked whether outside support harms the democracy movement in Iran, Shirin Ebadi says: `If the

support comes from human rights defenders, or university professors, or international NGOs, then this will not happen. But if states express support for us, then yes, this may happen.' [Source: `A single family: Shirin Ebadi speaks', openDemocracy, 17 June 2004 <http://tinyurl.com/3xlyq5>]

Ebadi said in 2005: `for human rights defenders in Iran, the possibility of a foreign military attack on their country represents an utter disaster for their cause.' [Source: Shirin Ebadi, `Attacking Iran Would Bring Disaster, Not Freedom', Independent, 19 February 2005 <http://tinyurl.com/3xzah8>]

Iranian dissident Akbar Ganji, who was imprisoned for 6 years by the Iranian Government for his pro-democracy activism and journalism, is equally firm:

`We strongly oppose any military invasion against our country. First, it is impossible to invade Iran in the same manner that Iraq and Afghanistan were invaded. The most they can do is to launch missile attacks from afar or to perform pinpoint operations against [Iran]. But this will not bring democracy. It will only devastate our country. And it's certainly not clear that this would bring down the tyrannical regime.'


Ganji says: `We are antiwar. We speak for peace. And in order to bring peace, we need the system in our country to become democratic. However, we are the agents of bringing that democracy, not the United States.' [Source: `Prominent Iranian Dissident and Former Political Prisoner Akbar Ganji on Why He Refused to Meet President Bush and the Dangers of a US Invasion of Iran', Democracy Now, 25 July 2006 <http://tinyurl.com/3xyesa>]

There are particular reasons for the strength of feeling in Iran. In his 2003 `democracy' speech, George W. Bush said: `Sixty years of Western nations excusing and accommodating the lack of freedom in the Middle East did nothing to make us safe because in the long run stability cannot be purchased at the expense of liberty.' [Source: `President Bush Discusses Freedom in Iraq and Middle East', White House, 6 November 2003 <http://tinyurl.com/u6m3>]

This was somewhat misleading. The US and Britain (and other Western nations) did not merely `excuse and accommodate' the lack of freedom in the Middle East. They actively attacked democracy and freedom. One early notable effort was the US/UK military coup against Mohammed Mossadegh, the elected Prime Minister of Iran, less than sixty years ago.

Why The Coup Happened

The oil company now known as BP (`British Petroleum'), was known in the 1930s as the `Anglo-Iranian Oil Company' (AIOC). AIOC had a lucrative and one-sided oil concession from the Iranian Government, granted under the corrupt and weak Qajar kings in 1901.

As the 1950s opened, Iran was entitled only to a fraction of AIOC's net profits, a cause of much Iranian outrage. The Iranian Government was not able to inspect the company's books to check if it was received the proper share of oil profits. AIOC, the largest British company in the world at the time, paid more in tax to the British Government than it did in royalties to the Iranian Government.

Mohammed Mossadegh was elected Prime Minister of Iran in 1951, in large measure because of his nationalist credentials, and his determination to end the unequal relationship with AIOC. In 1949, the company had flatly rejected the idea of 50:50 profit-sharing, despite the fact that this was the rate Venezuela and Saudi Arabia had obtained from US oil companies. Iranian opinion hardened, and Dr Mossadegh (an elected member of parliament) was the prime mover in the March 1951 nationalization of


Iran's oil fields. (He also opposed granting oil concessions to the Soviet Union.)

On 4 July 1952, the British Ambassador to the US, Oliver Franks met the then US Secretary of State, Dean Acheson, who recorded his impressions: `Sir Oliver left no doubt how seriously and angrily both the British government and public viewed what they regarded as the insolent defiance of decency, legality and reason by a group of wild men in Iran who proposed to despoil Britain.' [Source: John M. Blair, The Control of Oil, Vintage Books, 1978, p. 78]

Britain sued Iran at the World Court, and lost. [Source: `Anglo-Iranian Oil Co. Case (Preliminary Objection)', Judgment of 22 July 1952, International Court of Justice <http://tinyurl.com/2n8pp5>]

The British Government wanted AIOC to be granted an oil concession in Iran, something that was unacceptable to the Iranian public, or for the company to be compensated for future oil profits which might have been gained over the next 40 years. Homa Katouzian observes: `This would have been analogous to the owners of British coal mines being compensated not for the market value of their property, but for the value of the coal remaining

under the ground.' [Source: Homa Katouzian, Musaddiq and the Struggle for Power in Iran, London: I.B. Tauris, 1999, p. 144]

This raises an interesting point. In Britain, just a few years before the oil crisis, the Labour Government had nationalized the Bank of England (1946), Cable and Wireless, the telecommunications giant (1946), the coal industry (1947), the railways (1948), British Gas (1949) and the iron and steel industries (1949).

While the Conservative Governments of 1951-1964 reversed the nationalization of iron and steel, they left most of the changes in place. This means that during the Iran crisis of 1951-53, oil nationalization in Iran was being vehemently opposed by a British Government that had accepted the practical need to maintain major industries in Britain under public ownership.

The Confrontation

All eight major oil companies cooperated in an international boycott of Iranian oil, leading to a drop in Iranian oil exports from over $400 million in 1950 to less than $2m in the two years July 1951 to August 1953. [Source: The Control of Oil, p. 79] British


`The next thing Roosevelt did was start bribing religious leaders. Soon, at Friday prayers, the Mullahs were denouncing Mossadegh as an atheist enemy of Islam. Roosevelt also bribed members of police units and low-ranking military officers to be ready with their units on the crucial day.

`In what I think was really his master stroke, he hired the leaders of a bunch of street gangs in Tehran, and he used them to help create the impression that the rule of law had totally disintegrated in Iran. He actually at one point hired a gang to run through the streets of Tehran, beating up any pedestrian they found, breaking shop windows, firing their guns into mosques, and yelling "We love Mossadegh and communism." This would naturally turn any decent citizen against him.

`He hired a second mob to attack the first mob, to give people the impression that there was no police presence and order had completely disintegrated. So, within just a few weeks, this one agent operating with a large sum of cash and a network of contacts and various elements of society, had taken what was a fairly stable country and thrown it into complete upheaval.' [Source: `How to Overthrow A Government Pt. 1: The 1953 U.S. Coup in Iran', Democracy Now, 5 March 2004 <http://tinyurl.com/3y7jrv>]

warships patrolled Iran's coastline, enforcing an illegal and unilateral blockade, and the British Government considered plans for a military invasion.

Behind the scenes, British intelligence began organizing a military coup. Mossadegh responded by ejecting British diplomatic staff from the country, forcing MI6 to turn to Washington for assistance. This led to the initiation of the very first CIA coup d'etat. It was organized by the grandson of former US President Teddy Roosevelt. His efforts are summarized by New York Times journalist, Stephen Kinzer, author of All the Shah's Men: An American Coup and the Roots of Middle East Terror:

`The first thing he did was he started bribing members of parliament and leaders of small political parties that were a part of Mossadegh's political coalition. Pretty soon the public started to see the Mossadegh coalition splitting apart and people denouncing him on the floor of parliament. The next thing Roosevelt did was start bribing newspaper editors, owners and columnists and reporters. Within a couple of weeks, he had 80% of the newspapers in Tehran on his payroll and they were grinding out every kind of lie attacking Mossadegh.


Roosevelt's first plot was foiled by loyal troops on 15 August 1953, leading to the flight of the Shah. Kinzer continues:

`Kermit Roosevelt, despite being ordered by the CIA to come home, decided: I can still do this. I can try again. He was really a true-life James Bond.

`On his own, he activated his mobs on the 19th of August, just four days later, in a second coup attempt. They rampaged through the streets by the tens of thousands. Many of them, I think, never even really understood they were being paid by the CIA. They just knew they had been given a good day's wage to go out in the street and chant something.

`Many politicians whipped up the crowds during those days. Roosevelt had been spending $11,000 a week just to bribe members of the Iranian parliament. There were only 90 members. The average annual income in Iran at that time was about $500.

`So, you can imagine what this sum must have meant. At crucial moments, police and military units joined the crowd. They started storming government buildings. There were gunfights in front of important buildings.

`The crucial battle, the climactic battle was

actually in front of the prime minister's house. It started at nightfall. There was heavy gunfire, including an artillery duel. About 100 people were killed just in the battle in front of Mossadegh's house.

`Towards the end, members of a military unit, whose leader Roosevelt had bribed, arrived with a column of tanks, and with that, Mossadegh was no longer able to survive.

`By midnight, on August the 19th of 1953, his house was in flames, and he had fled over the back garden wall to surrender himself a couple of days later. And the general who the CIA had selected as the designated saviour of Iran was installed as Prime Minister.' [Source: Democracy Now, March 2004]

The military dictatorship of the Shah (who flew back from Rome to be installed by the CIA) became a byword for brutality.

In 1976 the Secretary-General of Amnesty International, Martin Ennals noted that Iran had the `highest rate of death penalties in the world, no valid system of civilian courts and a history of torture which is beyond belief. No country in the world has a worse record on human rights than Iran.' [Source: Noam Chomsky and Edward Herman, The


Washington Connection and Third World Fascism, Montreal: Black Rose Books, 1979, p. 13]

The Coup Reverberates Still

The history of the CIA-MI6 coup has been known for decades. In 2000, the internal CIA history of the 1953 coup was leaked to the media, and is now published online by the independent US National Security Archive. [See: `Electronic Briefing Book 28: The Secret CIA History of the Iran Coup', National Security Archive <http://tinyurl.com/yl886c>]

Just a month before these revelations came the first official admission by the US Government that it had played a role in the destruction of Iranian democracy.

On 17 March 2000, the then Secretary of State Madeleine Albright said: `In 1953, the United States played a significant role in orchestrating the overthrow of Iran's popular prime minister, Mohammed Mossadegh. The Eisenhower administration believed its actions were justified for strategic reasons, but the coup was clearly a setback for Iran's political development and it is easy to see now why many Iranians continue to resent this intervention by America in their internal affairs.'

[Source: `Remarks by Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright on Iranian-American Relations', 17 March 2000 <http://tinyurl.com/3669xx>]

Though described in the Western media as an `apology', these words did not actually express regret or accept wrongdoing.

Iran's Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei responded: `The Americans are presuming that such acknowledgments, which did not even include an apology, will cause us to forget America's acts of treason, hostilities and injustices. America can't do a damn thing.' [Source: Dilip Hiro, Neighbours Not Friends: Iraq and Iran after the Gulf Wars, London: Routledge 2001, p. 257]

Stephen Kinzer observes of the US Government: `Democracy in Iran is something that we still claim we want to promote. But my book, I think, shows why Iranians are so skeptical and so dubious when they hear Americans saying: "We want to come to your country and push you towards democracy." They look at us and say: "Are you kidding? We had a democracy and you crushed it." ' [Source: `Stephen Kinzer, Author of All The Shah's Men', a Buzzflash interview, 29 July 2003 <http://tinyurl.com/34nv7k>]


Shirin Ebadi says of the 1953 events: `the Iranian people, who appreciated the freedom during the [Mossadegh] period, will never forgive the Shah or the United States for the coup and the overthrow of the Mossadegh.' [Source: "Democracy is Not Going to Be Given Through Cluster Bombs"—An Hour with 2003 Nobel Peace Prize Winner Shirin Ebadi', Democracy Now, 14 June 2004 <http://tinyurl.com/363r4d>]


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