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August 08, 2007

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JimPortlandOR

Lying to start a war or to generate the anger that leads to a war has got to be the most despicable thing a government can do.

Iran has never declared an intent to build a nuclear weapon, and have repeatedly denied that goal.

Equating the enrichment of nuclear material to the lower level required for nuclear power (compared to the much higher level of enrichment needed for a bomb) with 'opening declaring they want to build a bomb' is just a flat-out lie.

In addition, the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, which Iran has signed (but Pakistan, Israel and India have not) allows all countries to enrich uranium for peaceful nuclear-powered electricity generation. They have an internationally protected right to do this enrichment when under appropriate inspection regimes by international bodies (the IAEA).

What is disagreed with Iran, is whether they have fully disclosed all that IAEA requires, and they have begun the disclosures that IAEA requires.

BushCo is playing the role of lying war-monger on this issue. They did it before, and it looks like they want a repeat performance of the Iraqi disaster - this time in Iran.

Helen Highwater

AFP is French. I'd expect no less. Now if an American news outlet had reported facts for a change, THAT would be news. Still, kudos to Yahoo for carrying it.

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