When Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad arrives in New York next week to address the United Nations General Assembly, he will present himself as a great "humanitarian." Many of the America haters at the U.N. will shower him with accolades and commend his "untiring efforts" to gain the release of Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal, two Americans jailed in Tehran since they were detained on the Iraq-Iran border in 2009. And seeing as past is prologue at the annual UNGA soiree, the participants will then get down to the work at hand: bashing the United States and Israel, demanding recognition of "Palestinian independence" and ignoring the most serious threat to world peace, Iran's nuclear weapons program.?
The attention focused on the release of the young Americans is simply the most recent example of how we consistently underestimate the ability of the theocrats in Tehran to manipulate world public opinion. Last year, just before Ahmadinejad's UNGA appearance, they released Sarah Shourd, a third "adventure hiker" arrested with Bauer and Fattal. All this has been part of an elaborate smoke screen to distract international attention from the ayatollahs' atomic aspirations, a monumental, decades-long project shrouded in secrecy. That may be about to change.?
On Sept. 18 at 9 p.m. EDT, Fox News Channel will air "Iran's Nuclear Secrets" -- a stunning documentary based on solid investigative journalism. It's a well-timed expose on how the Islamic republic has managed to gain the technological know-how to build a bomb and acquire the materials and equipment necessary to do so, the means of delivering such a weapon and the means of bankrolling such an expensive project despite "international sanctions."?
Sunday evening's special ought to give the global elites indigestion as they sip their drinks and munch hors d'oeuvres at the inevitable UNGA cocktail parties. The broadcast reveals a web of deception, murder, cyber-warfare and international financial fraud -- all part of Iran's effort to build nuclear weapons and the means of delivering them. It's also an indictment of the U.N.'s inability to perform its most essential mission, collective action to prevent war.?
Oliver North is a nationally syndicated columnist, the host of War Stories on the Fox News Channel, the author of the new novel Heroes Proved and the co-founder of Freedom Alliance, an organization that provides college scholarships to the children of U.S. military personnel killed or permanently disabled in the line of duty. Join Oliver North in Israel by going to www.olivernorthisrael.com.