Introduction and Foreword
By Craig R. Smith
CEO, Swiss America
Mar 22, 2005
INTRODUCTION: A TICKING NUCLEAR TIME BOMB
"We are not warmongers like U.S. leaders. They are warmongers. They are after war, but we are men of sacrifice," Iran's supreme leader Khamenei told a crowd of several thousand in the northeast city of Mashhad on Monday. His speech was interrupted by crowd chants of "Death to America!" and "Oh, our leader, we are ready for sacrifice!"
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) reported on March 2, 2005 that Iran has backed away from cooperating in key areas with UN experts investigating possible atomic weapons work.
Then comes news that a Russian plant has announced they're ready to deliver nuclear fuel "at any time and in a necessary amount to the first reactor of the Iranian nuclear power plant in Bushehr, Iran" -- over strong American objections.
What's wrong with this picture? Are the inmates running the prison?
This reminds me of the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty that North Korea agreed to back in 1994, only worse, because the radical Islamic ideology calls them to either death or domination.
You may remember that the "treaty" was violated back in 2002, when U.S. officials accused N. Korea of running a secret uranium-enrichment program in violation of international treaties. In early 2003, N. Korea restarted their plutonium-based nuclear weapons program and last week announced that today they have five nuclear weapons!
President Bush took a huge chance going into Iraq. Recently Libya has agreed to give us back its nuclear weapons. Afghanistan, Palestinians, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, and now perhaps Lebanon have had, or may soon have democratic elections. Hezzbolah and the Syrians are now going to have to fight the people or leave.
It appears that the wall of repression in the Arab world is falling just like the wall of Communism fell under Reagan. Can you imagine where this puts the extremists? We Americans need to be careful of what terrorist may do when they see that they're losing the battle.
Political pressure is forcing Mid-East citizens to choose between accepting a new democracy or destruction —- specifically the destruction of the two “great satans,” Israel and The United States.
New intelligence indicates that Osama bin Laden is now enlisting Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, his top operative in Iraq, to plan potential attacks on the United States.
Can any America really imagine that when Iran becomes armed with nukes that they are not going to use it against Israel and/or America?
Dr. Corsi's new book will expose the corrupt Iranian mullahs’ scheme to acquire nuclear capability and the help they have had from within the U.S. democratic party.
The goal of ATOMIC IRAN is to educate Americans about the danger that Iranians and the rest of the free world will face if these mad mullahs are not stopped in time.
Dr. Corsi and I want to remind Iranians that they can peacefully effect change in their own government, as Afgahnastan and Iraq are now doing.
The threat of an attack upon the U.S. via a dirty bomb in a major city is growing daily. If smugglers can manage to deliver 4 tons of cocaine or heroine, they can easily deliver 4 pounds of nuclear material -- enough to kill tens of thousands and create economic havoc in the United States.
Here is my Foreword to this upcoming bestseller...
ATOMIC IRAN: The Foreword
The truth is stranger than fiction.
NUCLEAR PROLIFERATION is the most serious international security threat the world faces today. When the cold war ended and the Soviet Union imploded, many Americans thought the risk of nuclear war had been greatly reduced. But today, because of terrorism, the threat of a nuclear attack on a major city-in the United States or somewhere else in the world-may be higher than ever.
This threat is only increased as terror-sponsoring states achieve nuclear capability. Iran, arguably the leading terror-sponsoring state in the world, is about to join that club.
In Atomic Iran, Jerome R. Corsi brings this issue home, starkly raising the question: Can the free world tolerate the growing threat that a major city could be blown off the face of the earth by a softball-sized lump of uranium-235 "yellowcake" that could easily be smuggled across borders in a briefcase by a terrorist under orders from Osama bin Laden or a mad Iranian mullah?
Corsi's impeccable research, similar to that which undergirded the runaway New York Times best seller Unfit for Command, explains exactly how close Iran is to achieving this nuclear capability. You are about to discover the shocking truth, which has until now been largely overlooked by the U.S. mass media-even after the glaring agreement on this crucial issue by both candidates during the 2004 presidential debates.
Hold on tight as you travel with Corsi on a nuclear fact-finding mission that reads more like a best-selling suspense novel than the journalistic exposé it is. This book documents the cold, harsh truth about this urgent issue with style. It is simultaneously easy to understand for the layman yet meticulously documented for the skeptic or naysayer.
Americans are typically short-term thinkers. We're so busy working to produce and enjoy the "good life" that it's easy to miss our growing vulnerability to another major terrorist attack. Tom Ridge, former secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, observed: "Homeland Security has to be right 100 percent of the time, but the terrorists only have to be right once!"
My hope is that this book will serve as a wake-up call, not only to Americans who have grown complacent about their security since the end of the cold war and even since September 11, 2001, but to our policy makers as well.
As a businessman-and as an American-I urge you to take Corsi's admonitions seriously and to use them to make wise decisions about preparing for your future and the future of your country. I shudder to think about the potential consequences if the message of this book is not heeded by our leaders and elected officials at all levels-especially by our president, vice president, senators, and representatives.
After reading this book, I felt compelled to share it with my family, friends, and associates. I hope you will do the same. -CRS
PRAISE FOR "ATOMIC IRAN" - BOOK REVIEWS
"Jerry Corsi has 'connected the dots'—offering readers accustomed from Unfit for Command to his incisive analysis and vivid commentary, an understanding of the grave danger posed to America, Israel, and other freedom-loving nations by the 'mad mullahs' of Iran, with their nuclear ambitions and global support for terror."
–Frank J. Gaffney Jr.
Center for Security Policy
"Washington lobbying. Political influence. Millions in campaign contributions. Mad mullahs running a rogue regime hell-bent on bringing America to its knees. Add a couple of nuclear weapons and you’ve got the makings of a terrific Hollywood thriller. But it’s all true. Jerry Corsi has painstakingly researched and documented a book that should concern every American."
Host." The Point with Mark Hyman"
Sinclair Broadcast Group
"If a society has no religious freedom, it lacks freedom of speech, press, and assembly and is by definition therefore tyrannical. In Atomic Iran Jerry Corsi has exposed how this core deficit of religious freedom in Iran has led to a tyranny with a nuclear capacity it is willing to use to spread its intolerant brand of enforced religious beliefs. [Corsi] gives vivid details of the nuclear disaster that could result inside the borders of the United States."
–William J. Murray
Religious Freedom Coalition
"Jerry Corsi has pieced together the powerful Iranian mullah network of influence. Corrupt dealings and cashed checks by American leadership, including Kerry-Edwards, the Clintons, Kennedy, Biden, and Soros, have put our national security in peril.
"Corsi understands Iran's Islamic theocracy and the mullahs' powerful motive in Iran's quest for nuclear weapons, and he spells out the cost if we fail to carry out the Bush National Security Strategy."
"I'm a former U.S. Marine and don't scare easily, but after reading Atomic Iran, I'm scared. I'm scared for my country, scared for the Middle East, and scared for Europe. Nuclear conflict is going to happen unless the United States helps bring about regime change in Iran. The mad mullahs are unfit to rule."
–James L. Martin
The 60 Plus Association
"For too long the mainstream media have failed to inform the public on Iran. While the people of Iran are largely pro-American, their regime is now the greatest threat to U.S. national security. Dr. Corsi provides a critical service to us all by exposing the true nature of the regime, its mission, and, even more shockingly, their American political allies at the highest levels of the U.S. government."
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3-22-05 -- Iran's Leader Blasts U.S. 'Warmongers'-- TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - Iran's supreme leader said Monday he would put on military fatigues and fight to the death if his country were attacked - unlike U.S. ``warmongers'' who he said cower in the rear far from the front lines.
President Bush has said The United States is not preparing to attack Iran, but no option is ruled out if Tehran does not abandon what Washington views as efforts to build a nuclear bomb. Iran insists its nuclear program is only to generate electricity.
"We are not warmongers like U.S. leaders. They are warmongers. They are after war, but we are men of sacrifice," Khamenei told a crowd of several thousand in the northeast city of Mashhad on Monday. His speech was interrupted by crowd chants of "Death to America!" and "Oh, our leader, we are ready for sacrifice!"
3-17-05 -- Bestselling Author: Iran Nuclear Talks 'A Charade' -Newswire ... NASHVILLE, TN /Send2Press Newswire/ -- Bestselling author, Jerome Corsi, whose forthcoming book "Atomic Iran," to be published by WND Books, addresses the Iranian regime's nuclear aspirations, calls the current Iran, EU, and United States nuclear talks 'a charade.' "The mullahs will agree only if they can get the Europeans to grant them enough loopholes to drive an Ayatollah through," he stated. "‘We'll just enrich a little bit of uranium,' they will say. ‘It's our right to enrich uranium,' they will claim. If the mullahs do not agree to destroy their centrifuge factories and their heavy water facilities, they are making bombs. Anyone capable of seeing through their lies will not be played yet again for a fool."
Israel plans strike on Iranian nuclear plant -TOL
Uzi Mahnaimi, London Times
Mar 14, 2005
ISRAEL has drawn up secret plans for a combined air and ground attack on targets in Iran if diplomacy fails to halt the Iranian nuclear programme.
The inner cabinet of Ariel Sharon, the Israeli prime minister, gave “initial authorisation” for an attack at a private meeting last month on his ranch in the Negev desert.
Israeli forces have used a mock-up of Iran’s Natanz uranium enrichment plant in the desert to practise destroying it. Their tactics include raids by Israel’s elite Shaldag (Kingfisher) commando unit and airstrikes by F-15 jets from 69 Squadron, using bunker-busting bombs to penetrate underground facilities.
Report Lists 12 Possibilities for Terrorist Attacks -NYT
By ERIC LIPTON, New York Times
March 16, 2005
WASHINGTON, March 15 - The Department of Homeland Security, trying to focus antiterrorism spending better nationwide, has identified a dozen possible strikes it views as most plausible or devastating, including detonation of a nuclear device in a major city, release of sarin nerve agent in office buildings and a truck bombing of a sports arena.
The document, known simply as the National Planning Scenarios,(PDF version) reads more like a doomsday plan, offering estimates of the probable deaths and economic damage caused by each type of attack.
Iran has warned that Gulf Arab oil would be endangered by any U.S. attack on the Islamic republic.
In the first such threat, a leading Iranian official raised the prospect of Iranian retaliation against Middle East oil exports. The official said such Gulf oil states as Kuwait and Saudi Arabia could be threatened, Middle East Newsline reported.
"An attack on Iran will be tantamount to endangering Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and – in a word – the entire Middle East oil," Iranian Expediency Council secretary Mohsen Rezai said on Tuesday.
U.S., Iran Face Off Over Nukes -AP
VIENNA, Austria, March 2, 2005
The "ball is very much in Iran's court to come clean" IAEA head Mohamed ElBaradei.
(AP) Explaining Tehran's decision to bar the United Nations from some sensitive sites, a senior Iranian envoy told a 35-nation meeting Wednesday that his country fears leaked information the inspectors gather could help those planning a possible military strike.
At the same meeting — of the board of the International Atomic Energy Agency — the United States, which has not ruled out such an attack, urged U.N. Security Council action against Tehran, saying it is "cynically" pursuing nuclear arms.
Jackie Sanders, chief U.S. delegate to the International Atomic Energy Agency board of governors, also urged North Korea to commit to a "verifiable and irreversible end" to its nuclear program and to return to six-party talks.
North Korea "needs to make a strategic choice to step off the dangerous path it has set for itself," Sanders said as the board sought agreement on a statement.
Iran backing away from cooperation with nuclear inspections - UN agency
Mar 1, 2005
VIENNA : Iran has backed away from cooperating in key areas with UN experts investigating possible atomic weapons work, including blocking a follow-up visit to a military facility, the UN atomic agency said.
Iran refused to let UN nuclear inspectors follow up on a first visit to a the Parchin military camp, where Washington charges Tehran is simulating testing of atomic weapons, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said.
Iran has also refused to answer IAEA questions about the Lavizan site in Tehran where there was suspicion of nuclear activities, Pierre Goldschmidt, the agency's deputy director general for safeguards, told a meeting in Vienna of the 35-nation IAEA board of governors.
In addition, Iran is pressing ahead with work on a heavy-water reactor that can make weapons-grade plutonium, despite an IAEA resolution last September asking the Islamic Republic to refrain from this "as a further confidence-building measure."
And "Iran had failed to report in a timely manner" about tunnels it is building at a uranium conversion facility in Isfahan where nuclear material or equipment can be stored, Goldschmidt said, according to a copy of comments made available to reporters.
Russia plant ready to deliver nuclear fuel to Iran -Tass
March 1, 2005
NOVOSIBIRSK, March 1 (Itar-Tass) - Novisibirsk’s plant of chemical concentrates has produced nuclear fuel for the first reactor of the Iranian nuclear power plant in Bushehr and is ready to deliver its product at any time and in a necessary amount, a spokesperson at the plant’s public relations service told Itar-Tass on Tuesday.
He refused to say where fuel is stored, citing “anti-terrorist considerations”.
The first reactor of the nuclear power plant in Bushehr is to be launched in 2006.
“According to technological regulations, fuel for the energy unit must be delivered approximately during half a year,” an official of the Federal Agency for Atomic Energy earlier said.
Lebanon government quits office -BBC
Feb. 28, 2005
Lebanon's Prime Minister Omar Karimi has announced he and his government are resigning, two weeks after the murder of former PM Rafik Hariri.
The move comes as crowds protest in Beirut, calling for Syrian troops to leave the country.
The Lebanese parliament was also debating an opposition-sponsored motion of no-confidence in the government.
"I am keen the government will not be a hurdle in front of those who want the good for this country," Mr Karimi said.
"I declare the resignation of the government that I had the honour to head. May God preserve Lebanon."
'DIRTY WAR' Dramatizes Terror Attack -Tribune
1-25-05 -- HBO's chilling docu-drama "Dirty War" offers a quick primer on the works of a terrorist organization. "Dirty War" also explores the complexities facing governments. Officials debate how much information should be released to the public before panic ensues.
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