The Truth Gets a Deserved Recognition Congratulations Mr. El-Baradei [Archives:2005/885/Opinion]
The Nobel Prize Committee was right in announcing that the 2005 Nobel Peace Prize should go to one of the most importantly international agencies for the promotion of peace and the elimination of the use of weapons of mass destruction. Moreover, its accompanying recognition of the head of this agency, Mohammed El-Baradei, the stalwart upholder of the truth and his firm commitment to objectivity, rational judgment and his fair appraisal of the countless charges and countercharges amidst an international atmosphere of misguided belligerency is worthy of praise as well. Needless to say, the General Manager of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), one of the many specialized agencies of the United Nations, is indeed managing one of the toughest international portfolios. The sensitive matter of nuclear proliferation, with all its complex technical and diplomatic intricacies is simply not a very easy chore for any man (or woman) to tackle. With a world now under the mercy of a single Superpower that possesses the biggest arsenal of destructive ordnance and run by an Administration that has its own ominous outlooks of the present world and the world to come, Mr. El-Baradei is not in any enviable position, especially as a Moslem Arab. In the context of the latter, this affiliation is subject to excruciating pressure from his own people, as well as the United States and Israel and to a lesser extent the other members of the “Western Alliance.
One of the most important factors going for Mr. El-Baradei was his relentless insistence not to fall for the pre Iraqi invasion deception by the United States on the alleged eminent threat that Iraq posed as a possessor, or would be possessor of WMD, that his professional assessment could not lead to any affirmation of such innuendos. In short, there was no need for any drastic violent action to bring Iraq to heel and all the fictitious intelligence packages drawn up by the Administration of George W. Bush to seek international legitimacy and favor for its intended submission to the ill advice of its mentors in the International Zionist Establishment, were nowhere to be seen on the ground, or the drawing boards of the Iraqi regime. The result was an American Administration that lied to the entire world and which refused to take note of the observations of experts mandated by the international community to come out with an honest appraisal of the real risks posed by Iraq, if any. For Mr. El-Baradei it seemed a tough choice to make: succumb to the make believe realities that power wielders, with bad intents, insist on shoving down the throat of all of humanity or else face the possibility of loosing favor with a decisive voice in most of the agencies that are supposed to regulate the behavior of nations. The IAEA General Manager wisely stuck to his conscience first, and second to upholding his professional integrity. Like his counterpart in the non-nuclear WMD search in Iraq, Mr. Blitz, he decided to speak his mind after having scrupulously searched the field for hard facts and evidence, which would give the entire world the truth about Iraq's WMD standing: There were no grounds for any acts of belligerency against Iraq and it would have been wiser to save Iraq from the ugly bloody mess that we are now seeing on a daily basis. The obvious displeasure of the position of the United Nations teams (IAEA and UNSCOM) was bound to bring trouble to Mr. El-Baradei, as he was facing initial US opposition to his continuing management of the IAEA. But, even with such delicate factors going against him, Mr. El-Baradei continues to defiantly insist that war drums should be put away when seeking to achieve a stop to the proliferation of nuclear weapons, and Iran is no exception to this wise attitude. But, apparently the United States is inclined to beat its war drums on anyone that is especially disliked by Israel, even if it means shifting the orientations of the Global War on Terror to accommodate this attitude of ongoing hostility that is nurtured by Israel and her influential lobby in the United States. Still, because of the strength of the truth and the excellent team work inspired by El-Baradei's leadership of the IAEA, the efforts of the United States to seek a finale to El-Baradei's tenure as head of the IAEA was reluctantly abandoned, as there was not anybody found ready to succumb to superpower hegemony and to turn the important work of the IAEA into a superficial abstract routine of deceptive intelligence photos and make shift eyewitness accounts that have no sound backing on the ground.
The Nobel Committee insisted that the decision to give the award to El-Baradei and his professional team of some 2000 dedicated and demonstratively objective and diligent monitors of nuclear proliferation had nothing to do with the stand of El-Baradei vis a vis the United States both on Iraq and on Iran. The Committee stated that its decision was purely based on an assessment of merits and a firm belief that the IAEA should continue following the same methodic and objective appraisal of the nuclear positions in the world. The work of the IAEA must continue along the same professional foundations and the IAEA should never regard itself as a tool for international engineering of any kind, even if pushed for by the Global Superpower. That was the inherent statement of the Nobel Prize Committee. The world has not lost sanity and continues to believe that nations must pursue peaceful means to achieving the world peace that will help nations mobilize their resources for the betterment of their people's lives. Belligerence only breeds belligerence and contempt for those who pursue their own ambitious agendas under misleading pretexts that seek to misrepresent facts so they can pursue their own non-peaceful mischievous quests. Even superpowers are not immune to being told that they have to be on the level with the rest of humanity. They should also give the institutions that the international community has mandated to keep the behavior of nations under watch a chance to exercise that mandate without pressure and hindrance. In addition, the IAEA should work towards finding ways to bring under some regulation those countries that have yet to relinquish the destructive powers that often give the basis for their chauvinistic drives. After all it is senseless to make noise about a country that has yet to possess any destructive nuclear capability, while Israel already possesses a real threatening arsenal of nuclear weapons and does not even recognize the IAEA or the importance of its work. This is the obvious hypocrisy that one sees in US policy in the region, as it succumbs to the policies dictated by Israel vis a vis Iran (and Syria and others), while it refuses to even suggest that Israel is the last one to be trusted with nuclear capability as its whole mischievous existence is based on the elimination of an entire indigenous population.