Introduction – Jan 10, 2020
Like they say, if at first you don’t succeed, try, try again and this is exactly what is happening with efforts against Iran. Like earlier media coverage of Saddam Hussein’s Iraq, new efforts to malign Iran are being broadcast by the Western mainstream media almost daily.
The objective is to turn Western public opinion against Iran so as justify some sort of military action.
Apart from Trump accusing Iran of being a “leading sponsor of terror” in a recent statement, the president went on to say that Iran’s “pursuit of nuclear weapons threatens the civilized world”.
In fact in his recent address Trump listed a string of crimes that Iran was guilty of. From the Iranian authorities killing 1,500 protesters during recent protests in the country, to helping create “hell in Yemen, Syria, Lebanon, Afghanistan, and Iraq”.
Even if we ignore the massive overestimation of deaths in recent protests in Iran, or the probability that the CIA had a role in inciting those protests, Trump’s hypocrisy is nothing short of astounding. If only because he pointedly ignored the part the U.S. played in the other countries he mentioned.
After all, it was the U.S. and its allies that invaded Iraq and Afghanistan. It was American ally Saudi Arabia that “intervened” in Yemen and fought against the Houthi militia. While it was America’s Saudi allies that funded the Free Syrian Army, who were then armed with U.S. weapons and who brought terror to large parts of Syria.
None of this was even alluded to in Trump’s recent address.
If that wasn’t bad enough, Iran has now admitted that it “unintentionally” shot down the Ukrainian Boeing 737, which crashed near Tehran on Wednesday. The admission only adds weight to the accusations aimed at the Islamic Republic.
Worse still, it’s now also being claimed that Iran could have a ‘nuclear bomb “within a year”. Of course we’ve heard these claims before, on numerous occasions over thirty years, and nothing ever came of them. Like claims about Saddam’s Weapons of Mass Destruction, which also proved to be entirely fictitious, they are simply being used to turn public opinion against what Washington views as a potential target.
So what follows is propaganda of the worst sort. It starts of by claiming: “experts fear Iran could have atomic weapons in just a year”.
That’s a serious charge but the Mirror doesn’t name these “experts” or even quote them. To make matters worse it doesn’t even say precisely why these supposed experts believe that Iran could have nukes “within a year”.
In other words the Mirror makes very serious claims against Iran without providing one bit of evidence to substantiate them.
This is not “journalism”, it is nothing more than propaganda in the guise of journalism.
It’s no wonder that many now refer to mainstream media journalists as presstitutes — in effect intellectual whores in the service of the powers that be. Ed.
Iran could have nuclear bomb ‘within a year’ as it’s accused of downing plane
Neil Murphy – The Mirror Jan 10, 2020
Experts fear Iran could have atomic weapons in just a year which could push the region on the brink of nuclear war.
Tensions remain high after Iran was accused of downing a Ukraine International Airlines jet bound for Kiev on Wednesday, claiming the lives of all 176 people on board.
Western leaders say they have intelligence that links Tehran to the tragedy which occurred as Iranian forces launched a revenge missile attack against US troops stationed in Iraq.
On Thursday, a US official, citing an extensive review of satellite data, said Washington had concluded with a high degree of certainty that anti-aircraft missiles brought the plane down.
The official said the Boeing 737-800 had been tracked by Iranian radar
Earlier this week Donald Trump declared “Iran will never have a nuclear weapon”.
He added: They understand that. We have told them very strongly. Iran now is not wealthy like it was when President (Barack) Obama handed $150 billion. They are much different country,” he said.
EU foreign ministers will hold an emergency meeting on Friday to seek ways to guide the United States and Iran away from confrontation, knowing that a miscalculation on either side could be costly.
Iran is believed to be pursuing its atomic energy programme in secret, despite promising in 2015 it would halt its nuclear research.
French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said on Friday that the country has failed to respect the 2015 Vienna nuclear accord.
“If they continue with unravelling the Vienna agreement, then yes, within a fairly short period of time, between one and two years, they could have access to a nuclear weapon, which is not an option”, Le Drian said on RTL radio.
“Iran’s desire to prevent the crisis from escalating has bought us some time, it has the effect of cooling this down just a little,” a senior EU diplomat said.
Canada’s prime minister, Justin Trudeau said that the destruction of the airliner, which carried 63 Canadians, “may well have been unintentional.”