With Bush, Arab Nations Can Never Win
New York, Dec.5 - In an unexpected move, all 16 U.S. intelligence agencies released a report asserting, in part, that with "high confidence" Iran has stopped it's nuclear weapons program since 2003. This is the biggest blow to the Bush Administration who has been trying to lobby the world to go to war against Iran. In reaction to this report George W. Bush, as a strong credible leader, has said: "What’s to say they couldn’t start another covert nuclear weapons program?” (NYTimes, December 4). Bush has also said that no one could rule out military action against Iran.
So, what can Arab nations do to please the U.S.? In 2002, Iraq asserted that it had no weapons of mass destruction, let the U.N. inspectors do their research, and yet the U.S. claimed it had intelligence reports claiming that the weapons were there. So the U.S. went to War, caused the death of 600,000 Iraqis and found nothing. Fast Forward 2005-2007, Iran claims it has no weapons of mass destruction, wants to use diplomacy to settle the issue, ALL 16 U.S. intelligence agencies say that there is no intention to develop the weapons, and Bush says that the intelligence might be flawed and that the war option stays on the table.
All this regardless of the fact that the 2005 report he was basing his rhetoric on is weak in it's credibility, "Government officials who have read both estimates said the 2005 report (the one that says that Iran had a program) was filled with analysis based on somewhat murky knowledge of Iran’s capabilities and the goals of its leaders.
They said the new intelligence estimate contained very specific information to back up unusually confident conclusions about the state of Iran’s weapons program" (NYTimes, December 4th). The U.S. is destroying foreign policy worldwide (with the support of France, Britain and Israel who have doubted the newest report on Iran) because as the military superpower, they set the tone for International relations.
Any country that is ruled by a totalitarian regime has been vindicated by George W. Bush, there is no reason for them to change or attempt to because the U.S. foreign policy starts with a conclusion (we need to go to war with ...) and works (creates) it's way to the premises. And any good logician will tell you that premises are to support a conclusion, not the other way around. I want to finish this article with a disturbing quote from Bush :"Look, Iran was dangerous, Iran is dangerous, and Iran will be dangerous, if they have the knowledge necessary to make a nuclear weapon.” (NYTimes, Dec.4).
How does one estimate knowledge? Does developing Uranium for a nuclear energy power plant count as knowledge for the bomb itself? And if "Iran will be dangerous" is he implying that no matter what happens the U.S. will go to war (he seems to know the future and has drawn his own conclusions)? If all intelligence agencies tell him that there is no program, where does he get his sources from? This man is objectively the most dangerous leader in the world, and he has access to weapons of mass destruction.
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