Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Longstanding NYT Iran Bashing

Longstanding NYT Iran Bashing

by Stephen Lendman

Times management and editors march in lockstep with Washington’s imperial agenda - supporting its aim to replace all independent governments with Western-controlled puppet ones.

International law prohibits interfering in the internal affairs of other countries except in self-defense if attacked. 

The General Assembly's 1974 Charter of Economic Rights and Duties of States says no nation may use or encourage use of economic, political or other measures to coerce another country to subordinate its sovereign rights in any way. 

Tehran’s nuclear program is entirely peaceful. Its military development and activities are solely for self-defense. Nothing suggests otherwise. 

Iran hasn’t attacked another country in centuries. It threatens none now. Sanctions imposed on its nuclear program were entirely for political reasons.

Annual US assessments explained no evidence of a military component or intention to have one.

Self-defense is a universally recognized right. International law affirms it. Iran is the leading proponent of regional peace and stability, free from nuclear weapons.

Instead of praising its agenda, Times editors bash it, making outrageous accusations - the latest on what they call “Iran’s Other Scary Weapons Program,” saying:

“The Obama administration is wisely planning (to impose) new sanctions in response to Iran’s two recent tests of ballistic missiles, which violated United Nations resolutions.”

False! Security Council Resolution 1929 only prohibits Iranian development of missiles designed to carry nuclear warheads. 

Tehran has none, has no plans to develop any. No evidence suggests otherwise. It’s ballistic missile tests are entirely legitimate.

Imposing new sanctions will constitute a flagrant breach of last year’s nuclear deal, showing Washington intends dirty business as usual with Tehran - agreeing to terms in principle with intent to violate them unilaterally.

Times editors lied, claiming Iran’s nuclear program was its greatest threat until last year’s agreement was consummated. They urge addressing its “missile tests,” saying:

It’s “advancing the range and mobility of its ballistic missiles and vowing to accelerate production” - its legitimate right left unexplained.

They railed against what they call its “worrisome…collaboration with North Korea” - citing a Congressional Research Service report, calling their cooperation “significant and meaningful.”

They falsely claim Tehran rejects Security Council “attempts to curb (its) ballistic program” - entirely legitimate development violating no international laws or SC resolutions.

They urge new sanctions - to punish Tehran for its right of self-defense, calling imposition “an important and necessary way of keeping pressure on Iran to cease its (nonexistent) unacceptable activities.”

The Times exclusively represents Western wealth and power interests - supporting US hostility against invented enemies, its endless wars on humanity at home and abroad, the greatest threat to world peace.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net. 

His new book as editor and contributor is titled "Flashpoint in Ukraine: US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III."

http://www.claritypress.com/LendmanIII.html

Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com. 

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