Journalist and author Gareth Porter transports his readers through decades of contentious international diplomatic activity involving Iran and its foes. In Manufactured Crisis: The Untold Story of the Iran Nuclear Scare, Porter “…aims to unravel the false narrative that sustained the decades of crisis and to recover the real history of the Iranian nuclear program and the interactions between that program and the governments of the United States and Israel” (Porter, p. 15). He examines the attempts of Israel, with the aid of the United States, to subvert any normalization of Iran into the international order, in particular, the Islamic Republic’s right to enrich nuclear energy for peaceful purposes, made clear by the Nonproliferation Treaty which Iran is a party to.
Zooming out from the many events detailed, the author also documents the changing relationship between Israel and Iran. It is often suggested that Iran since the Islamic Republics inception in 1979 is controlled by crazed Mullahs seeking apocalyptic change, and to bring about such a scenario they seek nuclear weapons that would target Israel and gravely threaten the world. Porter sees past the rhetoric and engages in the oft-considered facts—that Iran was not always an enemy of Israel, and that Iran’s attempts to reconcile itself with the United States, as an independent nation with all the protections of international law, has been attacked through the manufacturing of one crisis after another aimed at bringing the Republic to its knees.