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Iran: The war is over, finally!
With the Obama administration playing down the Bushehr reactor issue, US finally accepts Iran; B&E brings out a completely hidden fact of the timing of the State Department’s pro-Iran statement
16/09/2010

“We recognize that the Bushehr reactor is designed to provide civilian nuclear power and do not view it as a proliferation risk!” With this one statement on August 13, 2010, Darby Holladay of the US State Department created history by changing a decades’ long policy stand of United States towards Iran. The statement was brilliantly timed, given the propensity with which Israel was preparing to attack Iran’s nuclear plant. The statement also defined a historic moment in US-Israel relations, by communicating to Israel that the US was no longer ready to blindly accept any anti-Iran tirade.

These voices from the Obama government express an opinion considered improbable just a few months back, when US was said to be on the brink of attacking Iran. In February 2010, Obama had warned, “Despite their (Iran’s) posturing that their nuclear power is only for civilian use, they in fact continue to pursue a course that would lead to weaponization.” Given such a negative statement, the current US stand is momentous.

For the trained political analyst though, the past year should have been enough to give much evidence of what was around the corner in not only Obama-Iran relations, but most importantly Obama-Israel relations. Last year, when US Vice President Joe Biden, during an interview with ABC Sunday, announced that US would not “stand in the way” of Israel attacking Iran, US President Barack Obama had immediately backtracked asserting that US had “absolutely not” given any go ahead to Israel for attacking Iran. Obama had reiterated further, “We have said directly to the Israelis that it is important to try and resolve this in an international setting in a way that does not create major conflict in the Middle East.” For Israel, that was bad news, and not just because of worsening political relations with US – Israeli fighter crafts would have had to pass over Iraq to attack Iran; and Iraq was under US control then.

And that brings us to the huge importance and brilliant timing of the Holladay statement, which no analyst or media channel has till date understood or analysed. The US withdrew its presence completely from Iraq last week, leaving Israel considerable free air space over Iraq. Given this situation, Obama – who has no love lost for Israel – ordered the US Department of State to immediately release the statement supporting Iran.

Holladay deliberately added to the support, “(The reactor) is under IAEA safeguards and Russia is providing the needed fuel and taking back the spent nuclear fuel, which would be the principal source of proliferation concerns.” Amusingly, this has been the situation since 2008, when Russia started supporting the Bushehr nuclear plant – bringing out the fallacy of Holladay’s reasoning and exposing the fact that the historic pro-Iran statement has purely been given to send a message to Israel to not attack Iran.

Still, it would be foolish for the world to be blind to the fact that Ahmedinejad being what he is, would leave no stone unturned to pull down Israel in the future, either through the nuclear option or any other means. But without US support, Israel would not dare to attack Iran, at least till Obama is in power. The celebrations have already begun in Iran – the war is over!

By:- Sray Agarwal
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