As the Obama administration lays the groundwork to isolate Iran economically from the rest of the world over that nation's nuclear program ~ don't forget that Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has recently ordered Iran's foreign currency reserves, currently in US dollars, to be held in euros.
Press TV reports that the order was issued on September 12 following a decision by the trustees of the country's foreign reserves. An ominous reminder that shortly after Iraq announced the same move to oil payments in euros versus dollars ~ the United States attacked Iraq.
Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan recently rightfully condemned Western countries' focus on Iran's nuclear program, stressing that the world should be dealing with Israel's nuclear weapons instead. The Turkish president correctly noted that Israel has "nuclear weapons" and has illegally used "phosphorous bombs" against Palestinians in the Gaza Strip.
"If only Iran is put on the world agenda, then we may neglect other issues such as the Gaza [conflict] that should be addressed," Erdogen sarcastically commented . Upon his arrival to Istanbul from New York, Erdogen said that during his recent meetings in the UN General Assembly and the G20 leaders' summit in Pittsburg, no military option against Iran has been on the agenda.
Tehran says its nuclear program is being pursued within the framework of the IAEA and international regulations. The UN nuclear watchdog in its previous reports has confirmed that Iran only enriches uranium-235 to a level of "less than 5 percent."
Please note, Uranium, which fuels a nuclear power plant, can be used for military purposes only if enriched to high levels of above 90 percent."
And this is precisely what Israel has been doing for some time ~ while hypocritically accusing Iran now for supposedly doing the same thing.
On Sunday October 5th, 1985 ~ almost 24 years ago ~ The Sunday Times Insight Team revealed that Hidden beneath the Negev desert, a factory had been producing atomic warheads for the last 20 years. Now it has almost certainly begun manufacturing thermo-nuclear weapons, with yields big enough to destroy entire cities.
Information about Israel's capacity to manufacture the bomb came from the testimony of Mordechai Vanunu, a 31-year-old Israeli who worked as a nuclear technician for nearly 10 years in Machon 2 ~ a top secret, underground bunker built to provide the vital components necessary for weapons production at Dimona, the Israeli nuclear research establishment.
Here is Israel's Dimona Nuclear Weapons Factory In 3D as revealed in testimony by Mordechia Vanunu. 5 minute must see video ~http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bbjgDERSuiI&;feature
The tide may be changing ~ In a surprise victory for Arab states the UN nuclear assembly voted last Friday to urge Israel to accede to the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and place all atomic sites under UN inspections. Israel promptly promised not to cooperate ~ obviously with the full backing of the United States.
Hypocrisy reigns in the Nuclear world.
Allen L Roland http://blogs.salon.com/0002255/2009/09/29.html