In 1984, Prime Minister David Lange barred nuclear-powered or nuclear-armed ships from using New Zealand ports or entering New Zealand waters. Under the New Zealand Nuclear Free Zone, Disarmament, and Arms Control Act 1987, territorial sea, land and airspace of New Zealand became nuclear-free zones. This has since become a sacrosanct touchstone of New Zealand foreign policy.
The US was very upset and angry with this upstart Prime Minister David Lange taking a stand on Principle, and unilaterally declaring New Zealand a nuclear free zone. This was a bold challenge to US nuclear policy, like a rebellion in the ranks, taking an Independent position within the US dominated Western Alliance.
Although New Zealand was exercising it’s Democratic Sovereignty, the US downgraded New Zealand from ally to friend and imposed economic sanctions on a friendly Democratic Country for daring to deviate from US dictates. This was a modern Day variation of the old David vs Goliath story as David in little New Zealand stood up to the American Goliath.
In 1985 The Ottawa Citizen published a little 3 x 3 notice David Lange was going to debate America’s most prominent religious leader at the Time, the Rev. Jerry Falwell at the Oxford Debating Union on the question of the morality of nuclear weapons. It didn’t say who was for or against, but I knew the American religious leader made in the image of the Americanized Jesus would argue for nuclear weapons.
I wrote a letter to Prime Minister Lange including many of my writings and Bible verses I felt would support his position and be useful in debating a religious leader.
I enclosed all the information in a large brown manila envelope using mail as it was before the arrival of the Internet. I was very pleased when he wrote back using such precise language.
In 1984, as an individual, tossed my hat into the ring, paid the fee, registered and ran for the Seat of Ottawa-Centre as an Independent Candidate for The Parliament of CanaDa. Having no money, organization or supporters, I knew I didn’t stand a chance of winning unless it was a miracle and that didn’t happen.
That experience opened my eyes to see the only choices presented to the Canadian people in any election are the Party Leaders for the 308 seats in Parliament. They get massive free publicity every day of the election and all the local party candidates benefit from all that free publicity.
Even though I paid the same registration fee as any party candidate as a serious contender, the local TV would not allow me to participate in the only local TV debate, and many “All Candidates” debates excluded Independents who paid the same registration fee as party members to be heard by the voters. Our electoral system and the system itself is subtly and overtly stacked against any challenger of the Status Quo.
What moved me to run for the 1st Time in 1984 on impulse, was being mindful of George Orwell’s ‘1984’, and did it for the Spiritual, symbolic reasons as it is now in the Public Record.
We are way beyond George Orwell’s ‘1984’ and it appears in Today’s world of power, to Israel, the US & the West, War is Peace when it comes to Iran.
Western news media never report Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran’s Supreme Religious Leader, said this on February 12, 2012,
“The Iranian nation has never pursued and will never pursue nuclear weapons. There is no doubt that the decision makers in the countries opposing us know well that Iran is not after nuclear weapons because the Islamic Republic, logically, religiously and theoretically, considers the possession of nuclear weapons a grave sin and believes the proliferation of such weapons is senseless, destructive and dangerous.”
He has been consistent saying the same thing in 2010,
“We have said repeatedly that our religious beliefs and principles prohibit such weapons as they are the symbol of destruction of generations. And for this reason we do not believe in weapons and atomic bombs and do not seek them.”
and in 2009,
“They (Western countries) falsely accuse the Islamic republic’s establishment of producing nuclear weapons. We fundamentally reject nuclear weapons and prohibit the use and production of nuclear weapons. This is because of our ideology, not because of politics or fear of arrogant powers or an onslaught of international propaganda. We stand firm for our ideology.”
Could this be because most people on this earth might agree with Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and more pressure would be placed on the other nuclear nations having 13,890 nuclear bombs between them to make a more serious genuine effort to negotiate the elimination of all nuclear weapons as called for under the terms of the NPT and inspire by example rather than by Dictatorial edicts pronounced on Iran?
Taking the Supreme Religious Leader of Iran at his word, I can see the basic idea and Spirit of his words are rooted in these ancient words and ideas behind them in the Bible:
But when you shall see the abomination of desolation, (A-bom-i-Nation of desolation) spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing where it ought not, (let him that reads understand,) then let them that be in Judea flee to the mountains:
Believing the God of Abraham lives Today, it is the Spirit of God that gives Spiritual meaning to the literal word. If one is to be realistic, the ancient Biblical word “abominations,” in the Spirit of Today’s world, means A-bomb-i-nations and the desolation that would be if they are ever used. (let him that reads understand,)
U.S. and allies agree: Iran does not have a nuclear bomb, may not want one and is far from building one
Anyone remember John Aristotle Phillips the A-Bomb kid? In 1976, while attending Princeton University as a junior undergraduate, he designed a nuclear weapon using publicly-available books and papers. Any terrorist group determined enough to build one can without Iran.
The information is out there and the Genie cannot be put back in the bottle. Iran has been under attack by the US and the West since the peaceful, non-violent people’s revolution and break from the past and the American installed proxy Dictator the Shah. Democracy was not for the Iranian people when the US had the dominant influence, but only for American domestic consumption.
The world has quickly forgot the US, British, Saudi Arabia and the lessor kingdoms in the Middle East financed Saddam when he was useful to them to start the brutal 8 year war against Iran in 1980 to nip the ’79 Iranian Revolution in the bud.
I could see Iran sees itself facing an “existential threat” equally as much and as justifiable as Israel sees itself facing an “existential threat.” If those fears are mirrored and magnified, the whole world is in grave danger.
I know the Holy One of Israel has Declared: Blessed are the Peacemakers, for they shall be called the Children of God. This transcends all notions of Judaism, Christianity, Islam & Atheism. Those Children of God are needed to be seen NOW more than ever before.
The last thing the International Arms Merchants want to see is peaceful non-violent revolutions happening in this world as it happened in Iran in ’79. That would put them out of business. The US is the biggest arms merchant the world has ever produced. The more violent the revolution the better for business.
The Spirit of the Iranian People’s revolution of ’79 was rekindled with the Arab Spring that morphed into the Global Occupy movement in 2011.
Why single out only Iran when Israel has nukes outside of the NPT and it is not questioned at all or held accountable? Why single out Iran for violation of UN resolutions while Israel violates many UN resolutions with impunity and leads the charge against Iran for violating UN Resolutions? I applaud Iran for standing up against Western hypocrisy and double standards.
The NPT allows all nations, including Iran, to develop nuclear power, including enriching uranium. There is absolutely no evidence Iran is producing a bomb and it is only fear, paranoia and suspicion, standard essential parts used in peaceful nuclear power have dual use capability in producing bombs.
The latest round of US sanctions in addition to UN sanctions is tantamount to a Declaration of Economic Warfare on the people and Nation of Iran with the intention of destroying the Iranian economy. There are no more economic sanctions left to apply. The only step left is War and the world is on the path to the slippery slope of Armageddon. The people of Iran are being punished unjustly even though Iran is legally operating within the terms of the NPT.
Although Iran and Israel are bitter enemies, few know that Iran is home to the largest number of Jews anywhere in the Middle East outside Israel.
About 25,000 Jews live in Iran and most are determined to remain no matter what the pressures – as proud of their Iranian culture as of their Jewish roots.
It is dawn in the Yusufabad synagogue in Tehran and Iranian Jews bring out the Torah and read the ancient text before making their way to work.
It is not a sight you would expect in a revolutionary Islamic state, but there are synagogues dotted all over Iran where Jews discreetly practise their religion.
“Because of our long history here we are tolerated,” says Jewish community leader Unees Hammami, who organised the prayers.
He says the father of Iran’s revolution, Imam Khomeini, recognised Jews as a religious minority that should be protected.
As a result Jews have one representative in the Iranian parliament.
“Imam Khomeini made a distinction between Jews and Zionists and he supported us,” says Mr Hammami.
The temporal Zionists in Israel, and not all Israeli Jews are Zionists, have only one belief from the Bible adhering to it with the most rigid ideology. The words in that old Bible say God gave the land to the Jews, and the Jews exclusively, and to hell with what the Palestinians and the world thinks. Temporal Zionists treat the Palestinians in Israel and in the conquered territories as an inferior people, and continue to encroach on the very land that is the purpose for Peace negotiations, contrary to all the UN resolutions condemning temporal Zionism.
Iran’s proud but discreet Jews
September 13, 1976, The Kansas City Times records the Vision God opened my eyes to see way back then when the Middle East was not on the mind of the people like it is Today.
The newspaper records in these express, explicit words, “there are 30 months before the Fate of the world will be sealed with either Universal Brotherhood or Destruction.” The September 13, 1976 article records expressly this figure is based on “a Treaty between Israel and Egypt.”
Not 29 or 31, but exactly 30 months later, on March 26, 1979, a Treaty between Israel and Egypt was formally signed, The Camp David Accord. This Treaty confirmed and symbolized the possibility of the Universal Brotherhood part of the September 13, 1976 prophecy.
Personally, at the Time I was surprised The Kansas City Times printed and published these words:
“He came to town for the Republican National Convention and will stay until the election in November to do God’s bidding: To tell the world, from Kansas City, that this country has been found wanting and it’s days are numbered.”
For those who don’t know or grasp the significance, temporal Israel is a recreation from the Bible in this real, non-religious world. The words above are the 1st two parts of the 3 part Writing on the Wall story in Daniel 5.
The 3rd part describes the decline of the world’s superpower and the rise of Persia-Iran which also happened in 1979 in tandem with the hope of Universal Brotherhood implicit with the signing of The Camp David Accord, the alternative being War and Destruction.
As for the Writing on the Wall, the whole world saw it for the 1st Time at the same Time with the Global Financial Meltdown-Economic Pearl Harbour/Tsunami in September 2008. Global government deficit financing maintained the illusion of business as usual, but that illusion is quickly dissipating with hard core austerity on the way and everybody knows it, whether one believes in God or not.
The Destruction part in the September 13, 1976 prophecy is evidenced, confirmed and signified in the 2nd article The Kansas City Times published on ALL SOULS DAY, November 2, 1976. It’s taken all these years but it’s finally upon us if Israel attacks Iran.
What amazes me, when I post this link so anyone can see the proof and evidence for themselves, the stats tell me it is a very rare person with the courage or mental curiosity to expand on the original 1976 Kansas City Times Markers of Time to read and see for themselves in this link. There’s nothing I can do about that, but the historical facts are not changed one iota. Many are called, but few are chosen.
I speculate that’s because of the implications, people would rather delude themselves into thinking ‘what I don’t know won’t hurt me’ or change their fixed ideas.
Israel starting a war with Iran concurrent with the Witch’s brew developing in Syria, people delude themselves thinking it will not affect their lives here as that happens over there.
From the Revolutionary Spirit of ’76 to the Revolutionary Spirit of ’11
The Revelation is when you can see it happening in Today’s world. It appears to me from the two choices presented in 1976, the world is opting for the Destruction part of the prophecy these Days and I don’t know which of the EITHER/OR is sealed yet. That depends on you.
Jesus admitted He doesn’t know the Day and said the Angels of God don’t know the Day. Only God knows the Day.
I don’t think it’s too late to opt for Universal Brotherhood even as the world appears to be heading on the Path of Destruction in the Middle East and because of oil, the world with it.
The Signs of the Times are clear for those who have eyes to see.
Why not get the Law and Politics Right in Iran?
by Richard Falk, Professor Emeritus Princeton University and International Law Scholar.
Western News media do not cover anyone deviating from the line the West must go to war against Iran
13 thoughts on “THE NUCLEAR QUESTION? IRAN – DIFFERENT FROM THE REST?”
Maybe you’re right Ray, maybe the leaders of Iran are actually honorable people with integrity who’s rigid morals would prevent them from ever considering getting a nuclear bomb. But it’s easier to assume that they’re all as two-faced as all politicians, and to not trust them.
BTW:Good article overall, I like the caricatures!
With all the negative press/propaganda since the ’79 Revolution it’s normal for most people to accept the propaganda and not undertake any independent investigation of the facts. Who cares? It’s so far from here and won’t affect me is the prevailing thought. All that will change if Israel starts the war.
I was happy to find the continuity in Google images from Khomeini making a distinction between Jews and temporal Zionists and seeing Presidents Khatami and Ahmadinejad his successor, in the company of Iranian Jews. They too must make a distinction between Jews and Zionists. By the pictures, they do not have an irrational blind hatred for Jews or they would not appear with them no matter what the propaganda over here wants us to believe.
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You draw a very clear picture of Iran and the despots in our world that continue to hate Iran for no good reason.
Iran was a democratic country in 1953 when the CIA and MI6 created a coup and took out the democracy that was Iran and put the Shah in power as a puppet monarch.
The USA and Britain went on to steal Iran’s vast oil reserves ant to split it 50/50 between themselves; the USA and the UK – under a new oil business British/American Oil. As a kid there was a B\A station at the top of my street. An impoverished little place.
The CIA, in 1957, created SAVAK which became the secret police of Iran. It was used by the CIA/USA to clean out any dissidents in Iran that were not enamoured by the take over of Iran by a foreign power.
People were disappeared, a term we became much more familiar with in Central and South America as the USA cause coups and other military actions throughout these poor countries under the guise of preventing communism; yesteryear’s terrorists.
Many in Iran under the sub-control of Iran did not realize they were being controlled by the USA. Many more today, even, are unsure of the horrors that went on by the CIA in Iran; nor do they realize the control they had over the Shah in the executions that went on beneath the surface but also in blatant disregard as student activists were thrown from the roofs of their schools to their deaths for speaking up about what actually was going on.
It’s sad that our world doesn’t look closely at the USA and its cruel activities that abound still in our world. People that claim The Rule of Law loudly but act in very opposing directions. No country seems to have the guts to stand up to the complete ignorance of the USA in our world but to just go along like beggars hoping to grasp the crumbs dropped for them to chew.
Very well written Ray, lots of truth and reality here.
Thanks for your comment, Lee.
too much religion in your essay. (I am born Roman-Catholic, so I know of what I am speaking.)
However, overall its a good founded article you wrote.
Moslems respected Christianity as well as Judaism (Mosaic belief) right from the beginning.
Jewish people were very well treated and much respected within the Moslem societies !
Same with the Christians.
This is completely contrary to what Christians, foremost the Roman-Catholic church, did with believers of other religions. In most of Europe, hundreds of years long, Jewish people were denied to live within the society where they want, no, they were restriced to certain places, quarters. Also they were denied to establish certain shops, forbidden to work in some professions.
They were allowed to lend money and make with it their “trade”. From this it is why they gained so much versatility in the fields of – in modern language – banking.
Its a very grim time we are living: those countries who harm other countries right on purpose and for their own sake are “pleased” and others, like Iran, living within its borders, not interestend in wars, are faced with an extremely grim face of some Western countries !
PS: It seems that how many people die isn’t of any importance nowadays !
Of those approx. five millions orphans created by USA in Iraq: nobody in the Western countries speaks about, same as with the many, many raped women by US soldiers.
There is a big silence – at least in Europe – about such facts. And the died Iraqis are downplayed !
monalisea, saying there is too much religion surprises me. I use only 1 Bible verse and one paraphrased verse in the whole article. I guess you haven’t seen the other articles where I use many more Bible verses. I know Bible verses turn many people off but I have to remain true to the mission..
Thanks for your comment.
Ray as usual your info is very good, thank you for sharing.
Thanks for visiting, Kenneth.
Washington knows that Iran doesn’t pose a military threat to either to the US, Israel or any of US puppet Arab regimes. However, Iran has become a model of a political and economic model for the region. In December 2011, former British foreign minister, Lord David Owen in his Op-Ed in daily Mirror wrote that Iran since 1979 Islamic Revolution has become the most powerful nation in the region. Israel Lobby has already blamed Barack Obama for gifting Iraq to Iran and many political analyst believe that once the US-NATO occupation forces leave Afghanistan, the country will also come under Iranian influence.
So, the threat is not a nuclear Iran in the future, but a deterrent against Israel’s expansionism.
On January 17, 2012 – Maj. Gen. Amir Eshel, head of the Israel Occupation Force (IOF) planning department, told reporters in Jerusalem that once Iran poseses nuclear arsenal, it will make hard for Israel to defeat Hamas and Hizbullah….
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A great article Ray. After their success in devouring Libyan people, the Zionist vultures are now preying upon Iranian people as their next victims. The Israeli Hasbara (propaganda) assault is picking momentum each day. The warmongers from all walks of Zionist spectrum have joined the ‘war cry’.
Last year, I wrote a response based on Gideon Levy’s article, published in Israeli daily Ha’aretz (November 10, 2011) and other by Jason Smith who wrote about his personal experience while visiting Islamic Republic.