October 23, 2006.americanfreepress.net
THE IRAN CRISIS
Expert Says It's `Made in Israel'
. . .Americans should take note: He was right about the fact
that Iraq had no weapons of mass destruction. Now,
Scott Ritter, the former top United Nations weapons
inspector in Iraq, is taking on the international clamor
over Iran’s burgeoning nuclear program, remarking flatly in a new
book that the controversy is “a crisis made in Israel.”.
See IRAN CRISIS, Page 10
P. 10, AMERICAN
FREE PRESS * October 23, 2006 Behind the Scenes
Michael Collins Piper
`Made in Israel'
By Michael Collins Piper
. .The ongoing controversy over alleged
nuclear weapons development by Iran
is “a crisis made in Israel.” This charge
is made in a new book by Scott Ritter,
who — for seven years — was one of the
top United Nations weapons inspectors in Iraq.
. . .A tough-talking Marine, who was a ballistic missile advisor
to General Norman Schwarzkopf in the first Gulf War,
Ritter says that the same pattern of lies and disinformation
used by the Bush administration and its allies in Israel to get
the United States engaged in the war against Iraq is now
being used to drag the United States into a war against Iran.
. . .Ritter’s book, Target Iran, subtitled “The Truth About the
White House’s Plans for Regime Change,” issues a warning
Americans need to heed, because everything Ritter said earlier
about the drive for war against Iraq was proved correct.
. . .As famed investigative journalist Seymour Hersh has said:“The most important thing to know about Scott Ritter, the
man, is that he was right. He told us again and again in 2002
and early 2003 as President George Bush and Prime Minister
Tony Blair prepared for war in Iraq that there were no
weapons [of mass destruction].”
. . .Ritter is able to speak out so profoundly because he is virtually
inoculated from the charge of being “anti-Israel” or“anti-Semitic.” As Ritter notes in his book, in his service in
the military and in the weapons inspection field, he placed
his life on the line in defense of Israel. Ritter writes:
. . . “The conflict currently under way between the United
States and Iran is, first and foremost, a conflict born in Israel.
It is based upon an Israeli contention that Iran poses a threat
to Israel, and defined by Israeli assertions that Iran possesses
a nuclear weapons program. None of this has been shown to
be true, and indeed much of the allegations made by Israel
against Iran have been clearly demonstrated as being false.
And yet the United States continues to trumpet the Israeli
claims, and no individual more loudly so than the U.S.
ambassador to the United Nations, John Bolton.
. . . “If Iran were to attack Israel without provocation, I would
argue long and hard for America to come to the aid of its
friend and ally. But I cannot tolerate the idea of America
being pushed into a war of aggression against Iran when Iran
threatens neither Israel nor America. And this is what is happening
today. Israel has, through a combination of ignorance,
fear and paranoia, elevated Iran to a threat status that
it finds unacceptable.
. . . “Israel has engaged in policies that have further inflamed
this situation. Israel displays an arrogance and rigidity when
it comes to developing any diplomatic solution to the Iranian
. . . “And Israel demands that the United States take the lead in
holding Iran to account. Israel threatens military action
against Iran, knowing only too well that in doing so Israel
would be committing America to war as well. “When it
comes to Iran, Israel can no longer be said to be behaving as
a friend of America. And it is high time we in America had the
courage to recognize this, and take appropriate actions.”
. . .Ritter notes the United States and Israel are “two completely
distinct nations, and should never be treated as one
and indivisible.” He says the United States must rein in powerful
Israeli lobby organizations such as the American Israel
Public Affairs Committee. Americans also need to recognize
that “national loyalty is a one-way street, and in America, for
Americans, that one-way sign points only toward the United
States of America.
. . .Those who are interested in an in-depth examination of
the realities — not the propaganda — about Iraq and its
nuclear program (and the way the truth has been twisted by
Israel and its allies in the Bush administration) should read
Ritter’s book. It is available for $25.95 at most bookstores or
by going on the Internet to nationbooks.org or by writing:
Nation Books, 245 West 17th Street, 11th Floor, New York,
(Issue #43, October 23, 2006, AMERICAN