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.