- Those who regularly follow the developments of Iran might
have come across to the website of "United Against Nuclear Iran",
a "non-partisan, non-profit advocacy organization" that seeks
to "prevent Iran from fulfilling its ambition to become a regional
super-power possessing nuclear weapons"
- UANI has compiled an elaborate list of the foreign companies
and firms which do business with Iran and calls on its readers and visitors
to send condemnatory letters and complaints to these companies so as to
persuade them to withdraw their capitals and resources from Iran and stop
doing business with a country which the United States and its European
allies consider to be an emerging nuclear threat in the Middle East.
- Interestingly, UANI has listed each and every foreign
company which is active in Iran, from the food production companies to
internet service providers, medicine manufacturers, industrial conglomerates,
news agencies, transportation infrastructure providers and private consortiums,
and its objective is to convince these companies to put an end to their
activities in Iran.
- UANI runs a divestment campaign which contains pressuring
foreign corporations to stop conducting business with Iran. So far, it
has succeeded in pulling out General Electric, Caterpillar and Ingersoll
Rand from Iran's market.
- UANI's advisory board consists of a number of U.S. government
insiders and big shots who have close ties with the U.S. statesmen including
R. James Woolsey, the former head of CIA, Fouad Ajami, a John Hopkins University
professor and a close associate of the Council on Foreign Relations, Henry
D. Sokolski, the former Deputy for Nonproliferation Policy in the Office
of the Secretary of Defense and Gary Milhollin, the director of the Wisconsin
Project on Nuclear Arms Control and the publisher of "Iran Watch"
website which is dedicated to promoting financial sanctions against Iran.
- The activities of UANI, however, are not limited to lobbying
for the intensification of sanctions against Iran. Each year and on the
advent of UN General Assembly, UANI runs an advertorial campaign to prevent
New York hotels from accommodating Iranian President and his colleagues
and dissuade the city's convention centers from hosting events in which
the Iranian officials are slated to deliver a speech.
- By publishing propagandistic reports and articles on
the purported hazard of Iran's nuclear activities, UANI also functions
as a mouthpiece which is exclusively dedicated to fear-mongering and spreading
falsehood about Iran.
- UANI's President is Mark Wallace, the former United States
Ambassador to the United Nations and a close companion of ex-President
George W. Bush. Wallace had played a key role in the Florida election recount
of 2000 which finally resulted in the installation of Bush to the presidency
of the United States. Wallace also presides over Tigris Financial Group
Ltd, "a multifaceted investment, advisory and asset management business
with areas of focus that include resources and the natural resources sector,
real estate, art and collectibles."
- UANI is a well-funded group which regularly runs anti-Iranian
TV ads on cable news stations. With budgets which are seemingly devoted
to UANI by the U.S. government, this "advocacy organization"
produces anti-Iranian materials which are on sale in its online store.
These materials include lapel pin, bumper sticker, baseball cap, yard sign
kit and T-shirts on which several anti-Iranian slogans are printed.
- This anti-Iranian group which is spearheaded and funded
by the extremist neo-conservatives in the United States has emerged as
a duplicate of "Freedom's Watch", a lobbying organization which
pursues similar objectives to those of UANI in confrontation with Iran
and its nuclear activities. It's chaired by Ari Fleischer, a former Press
Secretary to ex-President Bush and Matthew Brooks, the executive director
of the Republican Jewish Coalition. American billionaire businessman Sheldon
Adelson funds this group sumptuously and helps them in running political
campaigns and TV programs against Iran.
- According to peace activist and political journalist
Richard Silverstein, the website of UANI is backed bu Henley MacIntyre,
a former Bush political operative who was involved in the RNC/White House
email scandal. Times reported in April 2007 that more than 50 White House
staffers violated the Presidential Records Act by "inadvertently"
removing 2,400 pages of electronic documents which were relevant to the
discriminatory firing of eight U.S. attorneys by the direct verdict of
President George W. Bush.
- A little bit of research demonstrates the fact that UANI
and its major players are not afraid of a nuclear threat by Iran. It is
Israel that is the sole possessor of nuclear weapons in the Middle East.
Why have they turned a blind eye to the striking reality that it's only
Israel that poses a fundamental threat to the global security with its
hawkish politicians who don't know anything of peace and stability? The
specifications of Dimona nuclear facilities in Israel are almost known
to everyone. If nuclear disarmament was the intention of UANI's actors,
they would start by disarming Israel and the permanent members of United
Nations Security Council whose nuclear arsenals are filled with thousands
of atomic warheads. If UANI was looking for peace and nuclear non-proliferation,
it would have advocated a nuclear-free Middle East by demilitarizing the
sophisticated arsenals of the Zionist regime.
- UANI claims that its goal is to prevent Iran from possessing
nuclear weapons, so it persuades foreign firms and companies to stop helping
Iran in ways which could lead to the development of nuclear weapons. Had
they been honest in their claims, why do they target Iran's food, communication,
housing, pharmacy and oil sectors? What do these industries have to do
with nuclear weapons?
- In a nutshell, UANI is a fraudulent organization that
merely seeks impairing the Iranian nation. They already know that Iran
is not after nuclear weapons, because the power of Iranian nation does
not essentially emanate from military might. They already know that the
Iranian nation is unique and strong against those who nurture malicious
intentions for this powerful and robust country. UANI wants a weak, demoralized
and unstable Iran without an active role in the international community.
UANI is not United Against Nuclear Iran, it is United Against the Nation