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Feared nuclear threat prominent on Special Report

Reported by Chrish - August 9, 2005

The drumbeat continues as Jim Angle anchored Special Report today 8/8/05. Two segments dealt with Iran's continuing use of nuclear technology, both of them leaving the viewer with a feeling of impending doom.

First Angle announced that Iran had "thumbed its nose at the European Union and resumed some of its nuclear activities that had been on hold during negotiations with three European countries." Iran was "insulted" by incentives offered in an effort to persuade Iran to abandon work that could lead to nuclear weapons.

Major Garrett reported that Iran had resumed uranium conversion in defiance of US and European threats of international economic sanctions. The enrichment process can be used for nuclear energy or, if taken further, for weapons materials. A spokesperson said (through a translator) that "Iranians are determined to benefit from peaceful nuclear technology." He said the demands (of the so-called EU3, Germany, France, and Great Britain) were illogical, and they expected the other side to be rational.

The IAEA will discuss Iran in an emergency session Tuesday. Says Garrett: "Iran says its nuclear programs are for electricity production, but the US and Europe fear it is pursuing nuclear weapons to shift the balance of power throughout the Middle East."

That fear was immediately reinforced by former Sec'y of State Lawrence Eagleburger, who said "You give Iran this weapon, and god knows what they do about it in a region which is already ready...it has caught fire and is ready to blow up as it is. You put this into it and it's almost certain there will be an explosion of major proportions."

Michael Hanlon of the Brookings Institute injected some restraint into the report, saying that Iran does not want a "severe deterioration of relations with Europe" like that which they've already had with us and is conceding that Europe holds some leverage.

But Garrett rained on that, concluding the report with the ominous "Analysts acknowledge there is another, far more troubling possibility that nothing the west can offer in terms of money, technology, diplomacy or security, that Iran would value more than the strategic clout gained by joining the nuclear club."

Back in the studio, Jim Angle changed the subject, slightly, to North Korea and the 6-party talks, which are in recess after 13 days of negotiations. North Korea is insisting on their right to explore nuclear energy, but other nations involved "fear the North Koreans could still use such reactors to make nuclear bombs."

Comment: Isn't this the gang who is always complaining about the "liberal media" being negative, reporting all that death and destruction in Iraq? It's hypocritical to demand "up" news from a war zone where Americans are dying every day, yet turn around and exhort fear and negativity elsewhere to build support for another invasion. We know this is where they're going.

Angle, going to break a few minutes later, asks what are the alternatives if Iran and North Korea refuse to "deal" and give up their nuclear programs.

After the break Peter Brookes of the conservative Heritage Foundation was the sole guest in the six-minute discussion of what to do about Iran and North Korea. The upshot was that should either or both of these nations become nuclear powers, then it is likely that others in the area will also develop nuclear weapons. The international community has agreed that under Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty nations are allowed building of nuclear facilities for peaceful energy purposes, but the worry is that weapons-making uses the same facilities, taking the product through a few more steps.

Angle then turned the conversation to Kim Jong Il and how "odd" he is. To highlight his "odd"ness they showed a picture of KJI "and his aides standing in a very odd array", and Angle referenced that a late night talk-show host said they looked like a Los Lobos album cover, and Angle said (for the 4th time) that, with the sunglasses and the guys arrayed, there's something odd about this guy. He asked how difficult it was to deal with a country with a guy like that in charge.

Brookes said he doesn't necessarily think Kim Jong Il is crazy, perhaps delusional, and he isolates himself and doesn't travel, though he does watch television and supposedly surfs the Internet "endlessly", but he looks at the world through a different prism than we do.

The IAEA meeting today will determine if the situation should be referred to the UN Security Council for further action. After viewing this I suspect Fox viewers are ready to go into these countries and take over their nuclear programs by force if necessary, so we can feel more secure here.

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