Obama’s last chance (fuel for Iran’s TRR)

Iran’s Tehran Research Reactor

Obama tutorial 1

Iran has offered Barack Obama a chance, to be a leader.

I think it’s Obama’s last chance.

And I don’t think he’s man enough, to seize it.

A chance to announce this:

“Iran needs fuel, for their Tehran Research Reactor, and I urge those who can, to supply it, as soon as possible, no string’s attached.”

This fuel, and this small reactor, have nothing to do with fantasies, about atomic bombs. It’s vital. It saves lives. It’s humanitarian. “It produces medical radioisotopes for therapeutic and diagnostic procedures,” to detect and treat cancer (IAEA).

It’s the poster child, of Atoms for Peace, and nobody pretends otherwise. It’s harmless, it prevents harm.

Iran bought this reactor, from the U.S., long ago, in 1960, commissioned it 42 years ago, into operation, in 1967 — the TRR (Tehran Research Reactor, 5MW: megawatts).

The TRR runs on 19.5% LEU, “low enriched uranium”. (IAEA defines anything above 20% U-235 as HEU, “highly enriched uranium”). The Tehran reactor has been safeguarded by the IAEA for more than 30 years, including all its spent fuel.

The U.S. has a treaty obligation to supply this fuel, or facilitate others to supply it (NPT articles, 3, 4, quoted below).

Instead, the U.S. issues threats, makes demands, imposes conditions.

Using peaceful nuclear fuel, as a bargaining chip, to threaten and bully Iran–

Threating to withhold that fuel, or demand anything in return for it (besides payment)–

This is moral depravity. And, a violation of the NPT.

The U.S. has company, in its rogue enterprise, the gang of 4, the U.S. and the EU3 (U.K., France, Germany), in cahoots, collectively, the P3+1.

Obama inherited this dishonest plot, invented by a gangster regime, which propelled the U.S. to the top, in the annals of world hatred, Obama’s predecessors, G.W. Bush & Co.

Now, Obama can part company with them, plant his anchor, pivot, and say this,

“No. This is not who we are.”

Will he do it? So far, Obama has said this,

“Yes. This is who we are.”

Obama, and his gang, if they won’t sell fuel to Iran for this reactor — no strings attached, or urge others to do it — the vital, safeguarded, Tehran Research Reactor — what hope then for safeguarded electricity plant fuel, down the road, when the lights start to flicker, in Iran.

That’s what Iranians say, the government, and the people, in unison.

The U.S., and its gang, they agree. They endlessly reassure Iran — by their threats and demands — that if Iran wants nuclear fuel, for peaceable purposes, then Iran can trust only itself.

Why do I say this is Obama’s last chance?

Obama talks good, he talks morality, rationality, persuasively, with passion, convincing argument.

But he won’t lead. He won’t enforce his good words with deeds.

Those he once actuated, with hope, they now depart his company, one by one, in small groups, now in swelling numbers, a cascade which will sweep him from power, 3 years from now, in the next election.

His seeks consensus, and that’s good management, but leadership is something more.

A leader recognizes it, when a consensus is not possible, when a consensus is wrong, and then decides on a course, in the teeth of the objecting parties.

This is the simplest issue on Obama’s plate, Iran’s treaty request for reactor fuel. It’s black letter law, a chance for Obama to be a leader, to get used to the feeling of it, to stand tall, declare his decision, give his reasons, and then ensure his orders are carried out.

He has many other simple, clear-cut, decisions, just like this one, he can also make, once he gets used to that feeling, the feeling of being a leader.

I hope he’ll do it. His departed crowd of disillusioned admirers, they will soon reassemble, if he does.

If Obama won’t take this simple step, make this simple decision, then he’s no leader, he’s just a toy, a tool, a manager, an operative, of the dishonest consensus, the failed status quo, the dishonest people who have brought the U.S. to ruin, taken and ruined the lives of millions of innocent people.

Charles Judson Harwood Jr (Warlaw)


Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons, 729 UNTS 168 (t.reg. 10485, dep.UK)

Article III

3. The safeguards required by this Article shall be implemented in a manner designed to comply with Article IV of this Treaty, and to avoid hampering the economic or technological development of the Parties or international co-operation in the field of peaceful nuclear activities, including the international exchange of nuclear material and equipment for the processing, use or production of nuclear material for peaceful purposes in accordance with the provisions of this Article and the principle of safeguarding set forth in the Preamble of the Treaty.

Article IV

1. Nothing in this Treaty shall be interpreted as affecting the inalienable right of all the Parties to the Treaty to develop research, production and use of nuclear energy for peaceful purposes without discrimination and in conformity with Articles I and II of this Treaty.

2. All the Parties to the Treaty undertake to facilitate, and have the right to participate in, the fullest possible exchange of equipment, materials and scientific and technological information for the peaceful uses of nuclear energy. Parties to the Treaty in a position to do so shall also cooperate in contributing alone or together with other States or international organizations to the further development of the applications of nuclear energy for peaceful purposes, especially in the territories of non-nuclear-weapon States Party to the Treaty, with due consideration for the needs of the developing areas of the world.

Source: IAEA INFCIRC/140, April 22 1970 (boldface added).


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