Scott Horton Interviews Nima Shirazi

Scott Horton, January 11, 2011

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Nima Shirazi, creator of WideAsleepinAmerica.com, discusses his catalog of the numerous failed predictions – primarily by the US and Israel – of Iran’s imminent creation of a nuclear weapon; how the latest Israeli estimate of a 2015 Iran nuke is explained, not by a longtime mistaken assumption about Iran’s nuclear intentions, but by the effectiveness of sanctions, espionage and assassination; the vastly overstated Iranian “breakout” capability that could also be ascribed to well over 100 other countries; Israel’s genuine concerns of an emboldened Hezbollah and a “brain drain” of educated Israelis migrating to the US and Europe; and how Iran’s leaders are portrayed by Western media as irrational “mad mullahs” that want to destroy the world and can’t be reasoned with.

MP3 here. (18:38)

Nima Shirazi is the creator of the Wide Asleep in America website. It is described as “dedicated to confronting the rampant and widespread falsehoods (usually about Iran, Israel, Palestine, and US policy thereof) found and repeated in the media and/or presented by politicians and pundits, and to exposing this propaganda for what it is: hegemonic efforts to manufacture consent and delegitimize the independence, sovereignty, and self-determination of nations, governments, and peoples who oppose imperialism, colonialism, oppression, and hypocrisy on a world stage, all while stifling and criminalizing dissent and resistance to such actions here in the United States.”

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  2. Awesome stuff. I am so pleased Nima made it to this podcast. I knew you'd love him Scott.

  3. I agree with all the points made by your honourable guest. Nonetheless Iraninan regime is a dictatorship disregarding the most basic human rights , let alone, democratic principles.

  4. Okay…so would you prefer a shock'n awe regieme change? Would a few million dead please you?

  5. And in 2015 it will still be described as "two years away…"

  6. Despite the apparently overwhelming influence in western industrial countries of the American "Mustache Jack" aka "Bonkers Bolton" view that immediately upon their inevitable acquisition of one nuclear bomb the Iranians would launch a nuclear attacks upon Israel, the US and various European countries, most specifically Poland, against which latter threat from Iran the US has specifically proposed to defend with a missile shield (Mrs Clinton said the agreement would "protect Poland and our allies from evolving threats, such as those from Iran"- http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/10497684) there is at least some evidence of sanity in Europe.

    See here: "Polish foreign minister: We’re not actually worried about Iranian missile threat" – http://thecable.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2010/04/2

  7. "Nonetheless Iraninan regime is a dictatorship disregarding the most basic human rights , let alone, democratic principles. "

    While that might be true, it won't be resolved by bombing the country.

  8. The Polish Prime Minister said, "We´re not actually worried about Iranian missile threat". Why does he then accept new US missiles on the border with Russia ? And why does Romania accept the same – and Bulgaria with nissiles on ships in the Black Sea ? The missiles in the three countries are to be operational by 2015. Because of a non-existent Iranian threat ? Trident missile engineer Bob Aldridge -www.plrc.org-resigned because the Pentagon aims to achieve a disarming first strike capability and wrote First Strike! The Pentagon´s Strategy For Nuclear War and Nuclear Empire (ch. 9 on anti-submarine warfare). Bob Aldridge wrote on the missiles in the three countries: "Whether they are on ships or land, they are still a necessary component for an unanswerable first strike". Minuteman-3 and Trident-2 have an accuracy of 30 meters or less and according to Professor Paul Rogers they are designed to minimize nuclear winter effects when used against hard targets like missile silos. The Russian answer will probably be Launch On Warning.

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