The Warhawks try to mascarade as doves

The Republican warhawks who seem to want a war with Iran, in spite of the disastrous and unnecessary many-year involvement in Iraq, are now egging us on toward another misadventure in the middle east.  A Facebook  posting appeared spouting the headline: Stop a bad Iran nuclear deal | Citizens for a Nuclear Free Iran.  Under this headline is the provocative question:

“Would your member of Congress vote for the Iran nuclear deal if they knew that it would allow Iranian military sites to prevent surprise ‘anytime, anywhere’ inspections? ”

This is an obvious attempt to frighten people by continuing to give voice to the myth that some Iranian military sites will be immune to inspections as a result of this agreement.  This notion has been shown to be untrue.  The government site https://www.whitehouse.gov/issues/foreign-policy/iran-deal summarizes the protections against covert cheating on the agreement as follows:

“International inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) will not only be continuously monitoring every element of Iran’s declared nuclear program, but they will also be verifying that no fissile material is covertly carted off to a secret location to build a bomb. And if IAEA inspectors become aware of a suspicious location, Iran has agreed to implement the Additional Protocol to their IAEA Safeguards Agreement, which will allow inspectors to access and inspect any site they deem suspicious.”

The agreement extends the break-out time to a bomb from the current 3 to 4 months to at least a year if they start cheating ( no bomb without cheating.)  A full text of the agreement can be read at https://www.whitehouse.gov/issues/foreign-policy/iran-deal .

Finally it pains me to see those in thrall to the military-industrial complex trying to cloak their war fervor with the seemingly dovish name of Citizens for a Nuclear Free Iran.  A wolf in sheep’s clothing is still a wolf.

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About P. W. Fox

P. W. Fox, a.k.a. Wayne Howard, born in Mississippi, grew up in Nevada, Japan and Guam, returning to Mississippi where he attended high school and college in Mississippi where he received a degree in chemistry from Mississippi State University, and after working as a plant chemist for two years, he returned to the university, for graduate study in geology and geochemistry both at Mississippi State and the University of Texas at Dallas. On leaving school, he worked for a number of years in the oil and gas industry in Texas before moving to Oregon, where he has lived for the last 22 years. He has always been drawn to fiction writing and won a story writing contest at the age of nine. He began but later abandoned a science fiction novel while an undergraduate at Mississippi State. In recent years he began a more deliberate and sustained writing effort, producing short plays, poems, short stories and meditations as well as lyrics for choral pieces. Current projects include a science fiction novel and a children’s story.
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