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Monday, November 13, 2006

Iran 'Crisis' - Mind Games Still Underway?

Original posting, January 2006 Iran's foreign minister is warning the UK, France and Germany not to act hastily over his country's nuclear programme. Tehran insists it only wants to make reactor fuel to generate electricity. In the light of the growing nuclear crisis the Iranian government has been talking about using diplomacy to argue its case. A translator’s mistake had been made - confusing "nuclear technology" with "nuclear weapon" with the result that he completely changed the president's message - having him say it was Iran's right to have nuclear weapons, which is, of course, not Iran's stated aim. President Ahmadinejad has defended Iran's nuclear programme. The Iranian media started a ferocious campaign against CNN, alleging they had deliberately distorted the president's words as part of a campaign of psychological warfare. The president's news conference was delayed for a week to allow foreign media organisations not represented in Tehran to come - most of them American, it seemed. In the light of the growing nuclear crisis the Iranian government has been talking about using diplomacy to argue its case. The only problem is they have purged key diplomats like the ambassador to London and have yet to replace them. And in the new government there is now no nuclear official who can give interviews in English. Iranians do have a case. The UN nuclear inspectors have yet to find any proof Iran has a clandestine weapons programme [heard this before somewhere], no matter how many times the Americans repeat this allegation as if it were fact. And they do have the right to peaceful nuclear technology under international law. It all comes down to Iran's intentions. Just saying Iran has not been transparent in the past about its nuclear programme is not enough to prove it is going to conceal it in the future. [Repeat a lie enough tims and it becomes the truth - a basic psychology rule] The outside world simply does not trust the mullahs with nuclear technology that can be adapted for bombs and more so now Iran has a hardline (?) president like Mahmoud Ahmedinejad. Xenophobia (an irrational fear of foreigners or strangers) And that has somehow got mixed up with the Iranian sense of nationalism which should be worrying for the outside world. It means those who do not particularly support the Islamic government still feel aggrieved that Iran, a nation with a powerful sense of its great past, is being held back scientifically by the West. The history of Iran goes back many centuries. Originally Persia before it became Iran in 1935. How much history does America have? I do mean the current people who believe themselves to be native Americans. Those that came after the true American. Mayflower the ship that in 1620 brought the Pilgrims, the founders of Plymouth Colony . The name Pilgrim Fathers is given to those members who made the first crossing on the Mayflower. On Dec. 26 the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth, Massachusetts. Before landing, an agreement for the temporary government of the colony by the will of the majority was drawn up in the famous Mayflower Compact, in U.S. colonial history, an agreement providing for the temporary government of Plymouth Colony. The compact was signed (1620) on board the Mayflower by the adult male passengers; it created the first American settlement that was based upon a social contract. Now consider the Australian Aborigine (native Australian) and the South African.