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By Dave Bohon
February 14, 2011
A recently released documentary film has received positive reception for its warnings about Iran’s aggressive efforts to produce nuclear weapons, and the potential dangers to the Middle East, the U.S., and the world. Produced by the Clarion Fund, a non-profit organization that specializes in documentaries on the global threat of radical Islam, the one-hour film, entitled Iranium, combines both historic and current video footage from Iran with interviews from experts in Middle East policy, terrorism, and nuclear proliferation to show how a radicalized Iran radicalized by extremist Islamic leadership has systematically pursued a program to become a nuclear power.
Beginning with the 1979 revolution that saw 52 Americans held hostage for 444 days in Tehran and an Iran under the control of Ayatollah Khomeini start to flex its radical Islamic muscles, Iranium traces how the country’s leadership has sponsored and empowered terrorist organizations like Hezbollah and Hamas, and worked tirelessly over the years to become a nuclear power—a power, the video seeks to demonstrate, it would use with catastrophic results against America and other “infidel” nations.
While Iran’s leadership has insisted that its pursuit of nuclear power is for peace and its own protection, the film includes footage showing the nation’s current president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, declaring his personal goal of destroying both Israel and the United States. One Middle East expert, Frank Gaffney of the Center for Security Policy, notes that Ahmadinejad has publicly speculated about a world devoid of the United States of America, calling such a dream “desirable and achievable.”
Iranium outlines the deadly scenarios that would likely ensue should Iran succeed in producing nuclear weapons, warning that an attack on the U.S. would be a distinct possibility, and would result in death and destruction of unbelievable proportions. “The first thing that often comes to mind when visualizing a nuclear attack is the explosion of a nuclear warhead attached to a ballistic missile in the heart of America’s cities,” the film’s narrator explains. “Such an attack could cause unthinkable damage, radiation, and loss of life.”
The film also demonstrates the extent to which America’s own presidential administrations, beginning with Jimmy Carter, have been responsible for giving Iran a free pass to pursue nuclear capabilities. At a showing of the film on Capitol Hill on February 8, foreign policy expert Michael Ledeen recalled how in 2006 the Bush Administration was convinced it had persuaded Iran’s regime to stop its uranium enrichment program. As reported by Ken Timmerman of NewsMax.com, Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice and Undersecretary of State Nicholas Burns flew from Washington, D.C. to New York, where they were to meet up with top Iranian presidential adviser Ali Larijani to make the announcement to the world.
The only problem was that Larijani never left Iran, “which is what happened in every previous case, and what undoubtedly will happen in several future cases,” said Ledeen. “Iran doesn’t want to deal with us. It just wants to buy more time to add more weapons to its arsenal.”
Timmerman quoted U.S. Representative Allen West (R-Fla.) as warning the audience of fellow congressmen and other D.C. dignitaries assembled to view Iranium that President Barack Obama is repeating some of the same mistakes Jimmy Carter made, which led to the 1979 Iranian debacle. Recalling the Cold War and the theory of mutually assured destruction (MAD) that supposedly kept the Soviet Union and the U.S. from dropping A-bombs on each other, West noted that the “MAD theory does not work with the mullahs. It’s time we recognized them as our enemy and that we confront them.”
In the movie, Dr. Bernard Lewis, a professor of Near Eastern Studies at Princeton University, notes that for Iran’s radical leadership, “mutual assured destruction is not a deterrent — it’s an inducement.”
The film’s director, Alex Traiman, noted that the events sweeping through Egypt are “eerily similar to
the revolution that swept Iran in 1979. And the results of Iran’s Islamic revolution set the course for 30 years of terror and brutality.” In order to fully comprehend the powder keg that is exploding in Egypt and across the Middle East, Traiman said, it is crucial to get a clear understanding of what started in Iran beginning with the fall of the Shah of Iran and the rise of Khomeni. “We encourage concerned citizens across the U.S., Canada, and around the world to view this timely film and see firsthand the statements of Iranian leaders on their intentions for America and the international community,” said Traiman. “This film sounds an alarm that must be heard if we are to prevent the perils that may result if Iran crosses the nuclear threshold.”
While Iranium has received wide critical praise from a host of conservative individuals and organizations, Art Thompson, CEO of The John Birch Society, warned that with the number of high-level government leaders and talking heads sounding off about a nuclear Iran and the need for sanctions against it, there is the danger that the issue could become the latest cause célèbre among those pushing for greater “international cooperation” to deal with troubled spots around the world.
“We’re certainly not discounting the dangerous potential that would exist if a country like Iran should succeed in producing a nuclear weapon,” emphasized Thompson. “But we’ve seen this type of issue raise its ugly head too many times in the past, only to have it co-opted by those with an internationalist agenda. If America’s own security and interests are threatened by Iran or any other potential enemy, then America must have the courage and foresight to deal with the threat accordingly, independent of outside political pressure.”
Thompson also noted the extent to which both China and Russia have worked behind the scenes to aid Iran in its nuclear program. “Throughout the entire hour-long movie, this crucial point is only briefly touched upon in passing,” said Thompson. “Tiny Iran could never become a nuclear threat without the help of these two powers, and so it is impossible to deal with this issue without confronting their complicity. The movie really fails to address this crucial concern.”
With these caveats in mind, the movie Iranium is nonetheless worth viewing for the perspective it provides on Iran’s extremist mindset toward both Israel and the U.S., and as a warning of what might occur should the country succeed in producing nuclear weapons. The film’s producers are making it available for free viewing for a limited time at IraniumtheMovie.com.
This article was originally published here.