The man who knew too little

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The recent National Intelligence Estimate on Iran saying Tehran does not have the intention of acquiring nuclear weapons questions the very essence of the hawkish US policies.

The recent National Intelligence Estimate on Iran saying Tehran does not have the intention of acquiring nuclear weapons questions the very essence of the hawkish US policies.

The tragedy in the US policies, which is gradually turning the world into a graveyard, is never based on facts but on probabilities and possibilities. It is a sure thing that the situation could have been different in Afghanistan and Iraq if the US government had relied more on facts in their calculations.

Is the new report going to mitigate the nuclear debate? Or is it pursuing some other objectives by the report? The US government has never been honest in their dealings with the Islamic Republic of Iran so they should never be trusted.

The NIE was actually meant to reexamine a 2005 NIE that accused Iran of trying to create a nuclear armament and assessing Iran’s relatively current intentions and capabilities.

“We judge with high confidence that in fall 2003, Tehran halted its nuclear weapons program; we also assess with moderate-to-high confidence that Tehran at a minimum is keeping open the option to develop nuclear weapons,” the US intelligence community (or IC) concludes.

“We judge with high confidence that the halt, and Tehran’s announcement of its decision to suspend its declared uranium enrichment program and sign an Additional Protocol to its Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty Safeguards Agreement, was directed primarily in response to increasing international scrutiny and pressure resulting from exposure of Iran’s previously undeclared nuclear work.”

Then in concluding remarks, the report writers say “This NIE does not assume that Iran intends to acquire nuclear weapons.”

Thank God everything is turning to the best interests of the Islamic Republic and the true face of hypocrisy is being put to shame. Yet, is it sufficient guarantee that the Bush administration will stop mounting economic pressure on the Islamic Republic for its peaceful nuclear program and avoid leveling ill-founded accusations in the vain hopes that they may convince the international community that Iran is after nuclear weapons, thereby legitimizing its possible attack as it did in Afghanistan and Iraq?

Never have the Iranian leaders said they have been seeking a nuclear weapons program; rather, they have kept saying the nuclear program is only geared for peaceful purposes. In fact, Bush once claimed the Iranian leaders had admitted to following a nuclear weapons program. He denied what he said later.

Let us not forget: A liar does not have a good memory.

It seems that there has been a drastic aversion to Bush’s plan to attack Iran. The recent war rhetoric on Iran has faded. Admiral Fallon and other senior military commanders have expressed their displeasure over and opposition to going to war with Iran despite Bush’s war rhetoric.

The International Atomic Energy Agency says the new US intelligence report confirms what the UN agency has been saying for years. A senior IAEA official said Tuesday in Vienna the report reinforces the agency statements that Iran is not pursuing any secret nuclear program, and that there is no imminent danger. Ergo, the talk of war is invalid.

However, there have been diverse reactions to the new US intelligence report.

Shrugging off the new report, Israeli War Minister Ehud Barak said Israel is confident that Iran is still trying to develop nuclear weapons.

The British government said it would stick to pressing for increased international pressure on Iran over its nuclear activities saying Iran had halted a nuclear weapons program.

“There’s an international community approach to dealing with the Iranian problem,” a spokesman for Prime Minister Gordon Brown said.

“We will continue to argue for increased pressure on Iran through the (United Nations) Security Council and the EU (European Union).”

“We think the report’s conclusions justify the actions already taken by the international community to both show the extent of and try to restrict Iran’s nuclear program and to increase pressure on the regime to stop its enrichment and reprocessing activities,” Brown’s spokesman said.

Bitterly exasperated by the new US report, the western and Israeli warmongers will not remain silent but will do everything in their power to manipulate public opinion about Iran’s nuclear program. But to their great chagrin, all their efforts will go waste in view of the constructive role of the report for Iran.

On the other hand, the report clearly shows that Bush does not have sources whom he can trust in his allegations against Iran.

Boiling with disillusionment and anger, Bush said in a press conference on Tuesday the international community must continue to maintain pressure on Iran because the Iranian government could restart development of a nuclear weapon at any time.

“Iran was dangerous, Iran is dangerous and Iran will be dangerous if they have the knowledge necessary to make a nuclear weapon. What’s to say they could not start another covert nuclear weapons program.”

The National Intelligence Estimate belies previous US judgments of Iran’s intentions. Bush warned in October that a failure to stop Iran from getting a nuclear bomb would risk World War III.

Bush said the US knows that Iran is “still trying to learn how to enrich uranium. We know that enriching uranium is an important step” in developing a weapon. They also are testing ballistic missiles, which could deliver an atomic bomb.

He said the report provides an opportunity for us to rally the international community’ to continue to press Iran.

“If Iran develops a nuclear weapon, the world would be a very dangerous place. Diplomatic pressure has caused them to change their mind.”

The man who talks about being an instrument of God, prophesies future events in the manner of a prophet, speaks of World War III and the apocalypse and claims to be talking to God and sheds innocent blood should never be trusted.

Despite all this political and propagandistic brouhaha, Bush and his cronies will face a humiliating defeat in their efforts to smear the Islamic republic and push ahead with their expansionistic policies.

In the final analysis, the only people to be left in the arena to beat the drums of war, continue to level accusations and pile pressure on Iran will be Bush and his minions in the West and Israel.


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