|Southwest Asia News Digest
Obama Defends Israeli Nuclear Arsenal
May 2 (EIRNS)The only obstacle to a nuclear-free zone in the Middle East is Israeland the British Empire has set up the conflict in that way. Israel has refused to sign the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), in order to protect its undeclared nuclear arsenal, but the call for a "nuclear-free Middle East," which was adopted by some 180 countries in 1995, has been put on the agenda of the month-long conference to review the NPT, by Egypt, with the support of most of the other countries in Southwest Asia and the Arab World. The NPT review meeting opens at the United Nations on May 3; it is held every five years.
President Barack Obama is obsessed with the desire for a "breakthrough" there in disarmament, as his crowning foreign policy achievement, well-placed Washington sources report. But British agent Obama has failed in every foreign policy area, and instead, pushes the empire's doctrine of "permanent revolution, permanent war." Obama has been pressuring Egypt, soft-cop style, to alter its nuclear-free-zone proposalto protect Israel from international attack, since Israel refuses to sign the NPT, and is the only power with nuclear weapons in the region.
"This is typical Obama stuff," said Lyndon LaRouche, "covering for Israel when they are the only obstacle," to the nuclear-free Middle East. "It's called the Israeli factor, but it's actually the British factor.... Today, the British Empire's control depends on their ability to continually unleash chaos."
On April 14, in Washington, Obama threatened the first use of nuclear weapons against countries that don't follow the NPTa statement directed at Iran and North Korea, while ignoring Israel's nuclear arsenal. At the same time, there are growing indications that Obama has given the green light for an Israeli attack on Iran, if Iran, a signer of the NPT, refuses to stop enrichment of uraniumwhich is permitted under the NPT for energy purposes. This double standard infuriates Middle Eastern and other developing countries, which see the Anglo-American policy on restricting uranium enrichment as "technological apartheid," to deny them nuclear energy.
Obama's Cronies Promote War Against Iran
April 29 (EIRNS)An Iran war is on Obama's agenda. Promoting this war drive is the group United Against a Nuclear Iran (UANI), which is both modeled on, and overlaps with, the British war-propaganda operation against Sudan, the Save Darfur coalition.
UANI boasts leadership from well-placed Obama cronies, especially Dennis Ross, Richard Holbrooke, and Alan Solow, a UANI director, who is the current chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations.
On April 20, Obama wrote to Solow to answer the criticisms about his pressure on Israel. "Let me be very clear," Obama told his friend Solow. "We have a special relationship with Israel and that will not change." Years earlier, Solow was one of the regular financial backers of Obama's career in Illinois, and The Forward quotes Solow saying, in 2008, "I said with a smile that he will be the first Jewish President." The Israeli daily Ha'aretz highlights Obama's letter to Solow in an April 29 article titled, "Analysis: Why Obama Suddenly Loves Netanyahu."
Obama and friends are carrying out a two-tiered operation for war against Iran. Under the existing Iran Sanctions Act, the U.S. is pressuring one country after another to cancel all its business dealings with Iran. Through the Treasury Department, pressure is also being put on companies, like Malaysia's Petronas, India's Reliance, and Russia's LUKOIL, to stop selling gasoline to Iran. According to the Congressional Research Service, all three of these major companies have capitulated to the U.S. demands.
However, in parallel to this official operation, UANI (corporate name: American Coalition Against a Nuclear Iran), an ostensibly private group, registered in the State of Delaware as a charitable, 501(c)(3) organization, is running a terror campaign against corporations that are still selling productswhether energy-related or notto Iran, or trading with Iran in matters of construction or industry.
UANI shares members with the British Empire's "Save Darfur" coalition, including the right-wing pro-Netanyahu group, Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations (through director Solow), and the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies.
Founded in 2008 by two current Obama officialsDennis Ross, the National Security Council expert on Iran, and Richard Holbrooke, the special envoy for Afghanistan and PakistanUANI, like Save Darfur, uses exposés, stockholder actions, billboard campaigns, and pressure tactics against companiesboth U.S. and foreignthat trade with Iran. They run their operations in coordination with Assistant Treasury Secretary Stuart Levey, and the Treasury Department's Enforcement Division, which publishes lists of people, groups, and companies under U.S. sanctions.
UANI wrote major parts of the "crippling sanctions" legislation against Iran, working with Florida Representatives Ron Klein (D) and John Mica (R).