Published on Thursday, June 17, 2010 by CommonDreams.org
Tale of Two Nuclear Whistleblowers
Reliable sources have revealed that as a result of a secret trial, Iranian nuclear whistleblower Amid Nasri has been sentenced to 18 years in solitary confinement. Nasri, a former worker at an Iranian uranium enrichment plant, revealed to the The Sunday Times in
The government of
Nasri has been incarcerated in
There have been widespread protests from Western governments about Nasri's treatment at the hands of the Iranian government. A high-level
Before you become too concerned about the harsh treatment of this Iranian whistleblower acting for the common good, I need to tell you that he is fictional. He does not exist. There is also no proof of an Iranian nuclear weapon program, although there are concerns about its nuclear enrichment program.
The story, though, is not entirely false. There is an Israeli nuclear whistleblower by the name of Mordechai Vanunu. He worked as a nuclear technician at the
Vanunu was released from prison in 2004, but under harsh parole terms. He is not allowed to leave
What are we to learn from this tale of two whistleblowers, one fictitious, one real? One important lesson is the danger of nuclear double standards. We cannot be content to make a hero of a fictional Iranian nuclear whistleblower, while turning a blind eye to the treatment of a real-life Israeli nuclear whistleblower and to the Israeli nuclear arsenal.
Nuclear weapons are not reasonable weapons in the hands of any nation -- not
If we are going to prevent future replays of
David Krieger is President of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation (www.wagingpeace.org ), an organization that has worked for the abolition of nuclear weapons since 1982.
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