Trifkovic: Netanyahu Wants War
Transcript of the Mike Church Show live interview, posted March 16, 2015
Mike: Dr. Srdja Trifkovic is on the Dude Maker Hotline with us, live from Belgrade, Serbia. You had written about how Benjamin Netanyahu, the Prime Minister of Israel, doesn’t want any of these negotiations [with Iran], doesn’t want a nuclear deal, certainly doesn’t want the United States and the P5 to enter into any sort of an arrangement with the Iranians. Why not?
Trifkovic: Because he wants the United States to fight a war against Iran. It’s crudely put but accurate. What he suggests is a zero nuclear program, which means no enrichment for medical purposes, no enrichment for electricity generation. That would put Iran outside the pale of other signatories of nonproliferation treaties – of which Israel is not a signatory, by the way. It will never be accepted in Tehran, regardless of the kind of regime – whether it’s Islamic, whether it’s monarchist, whether it’s Persian nationalist. To cut a long story short, the checks and balances put on Iran under the current proposal make it well nigh impossible to jump to nuclear weaponry. It would take really a complete abdication of Western intelligence agencies and International Atomic Agency supervision program to perform such a feat. I am not suggesting for a moment that the Iranians should get a bomb. I’m just saying, if you want to follow Netanyahu’s prescription, it is really whether Iran fights for what – reasonably speaking – is the right to enrich to five percent or ten percent or fifteen percent, or whether you want an outright ban, which no self-respecting sovereign country will ever accept.
Mike: If they don’t accept it – when you say war, that means he wants the United States to start a war with the Iranians. Unfortunately, most of the American neocon population that’s not in the political class has bought that this is the inevitable solution here, as though the 3,000-year-old people of Persia that we call Iran today… as though this is going to be some sort of cakewalk that Iraq was supposed to be. These people are significantly advanced both militarily and otherwise, aren’t they?
Trifkovic: I’m really glad you mentioned Iraq. Netanyahu told Congress in 2002, “Once Saddam has nuclear weapons, the terror network will have nuclear weapons.” He said, “If you take out Saddam, I guarantee you that it will have enormous positive reverberations on the region.” We know what the reverberations have been. Iraq is in chaos. Iran is actually more influential in Baghdad now than it would ever have been under Saddam.