TEHRAN, YJC. - An American professor of politics says US President Barack Obama is following in the footsteps of his predecessor George W. Bush in fabricating pretexts for military strike on Iran.
"Despite ample evidence of the
devastating effects of the gratuitous invasion of Iraq that began a
decade ago, the president and his buddies are now drumbeating for an
attack on Iran,” wrote Falguni A. Sheth, a professor at Hampshire
College, in a column on salon.com
"In essence, the increasingly menacing public posture of
US officials toward Iran — coming in the same month as the 10-year
anniversary of the jingoistic, imperially smug, and devastatingly
destructive invasion of Iraq — cannot but remind us of the spurious
calls for war made back in 2002," she said.
She noted that no weapons of mass destruction (WMDs), the pretext
used for the US invasion of Iraq in 2003, have been unearthed in Iraq.
Sheth underscored "the extensive documentation of Iran’s lack of
destructive nuclear capabilities” and "its explicit disinterest in
She praised the Islamic Republic for its "goodwill in cooperating
with the conditions of the Nuclear Proliferation Treaty (NPT).”
"The same cannot be said of Israel, which not only has
refused to join the NPT, but is considered the fifth-largest nuclear
power in the world,” noted the professor.
Sheth stated that Hollywood’s Oscar-winning Argo was part of the campaign running up to a confrontation with Iran.
The United States, the Israeli regime and some of their allies have
repeatedly accused Iran of pursuing non-civilian objectives in its
nuclear energy program.
Iran has categorically rejected the allegation, arguing that as a
committed signatory to the NPT and a member of the International Atomic
Energy Agency (IAEA), it is entitled to acquire and develop nuclear
technology for peaceful purposes.
In addition, the IAEA has conducted numerous inspections of Iran’s
nuclear facilities but has never found any evidence showing that the
Iranian nuclear energy program has been diverted toward non-civilian