Dennis Blair told the Senate Intelligence Committee that his organization has assessed that Tehran does not have nuclear weapons design and weaponization work....The UN nuclear watchdog, which has carried out the highest number of inspections in its history on Iranian nuclear sites, has also found nothing to indicate that the program has diverted toward weaponization....The US official added that the intelligence agency believes Iran is unlikely to be able to produce enough enriched uranium for a nuclear weapon before 2013.Therefore, it would be the gravest mistake to allow an attack on Iran, which would in all likelihood trigger WW III, for a problem that does not exist.
We have no emergency with Iran. None. Who keeps banging this drum? Israel. Who else. But of the three stooges currently vying for power there, Netanyahu and Lieberman have pushed the nuclear Iran canard harder than Livni. Here is Bibi before Davos, standing truth on its head.
Avigdor Lieberman is possibly even worse, if that can be imagined.
Mr Netanyahu said that despite all its intractable problems, the financial and economic crisis would ultimately prove reversible and be beaten by governments and central banks. [I doubt it.]
But in an ominous alert to world leaders, he said: “What is not reversible is the acquisition of nuclear weapons by a fanatic radical regime committed to a pre-medieval view of the world. [Describing Israel to a T.]
“We have never had, since the dawn of the nuclear age, nuclear weapons in the hands of such a fanatical regime.” [No shit.]
In private Lieberman is said to have urged that Tehran be levelled if Iran goes ahead with its nuclear weapons programme. In public he told listeners to Israel Radio’s Persian service: “You will pay a high price. You, the good Iranian citizens, will pay for your leaders’ actions.”The interesting thing about these ifs, whens and buts is how they connect to the supposed peace process. The logic goes like this: IF Tehran develops a nuclear weapons program, THEN a) Iran will be flattened because we cannot allow a fanatical regime to have these weapons, and b) efforts to secure Middle East peace would be scuppered.
Well, let's think about this. First of all, Iran does not have a nuclear weapons program. So there's that. In a normal world that deals with facts and behaves rationally, the conversation would be over by now. But we don't live there, so we continue past the threats to focus on the "peace process."
Insisting that he [Netanyahu] wanted to “move rapidly to advance a workable peace”, with moderates in the Palestinian Authority and to “drive down the radicals”, the former Israeli finance minister went on: “All of this will fall by the wayside if the world fails to stop Iran from arming itself with nuclear weapons.He's setting the expectation that "the world" must stop Iran from procuring nuclear weapons. Otherwise, Israel will stop moving toward peace with the Palestinians.
Well, gee whiz. "The world" has determined that Iran does not have a nuclear weapons program, so therefore, Israel can now make peace with the Palestinians. Right? Is that not the logic that follows from Bibi's statement? What's the problem?
The problem is that Israel never wants peace with the Palestinians. Never ever ever, unless the Palestinians have all been killed or otherwise disposed of from the land that Israel covets. But nobody can come out and say this, because that would be anti-Semitic or something, to ascribe such dastardly motives to the Israelis, even though Zionists have been making genocidal comments about the Palestinians for decades upon decades. It's just rude to notice. This whole cock-up with Iran simply provides cover for Israel to continue its murderous policies toward the Palestinians. That's all it is.
You can see it in the articles about the political gridlock, this constant referring back to the peace process that doesn't exist, and how the imaginary peace process will fall apart if the imaginary nuclear weapons that Iran doesn't have don't disappear. These people are completely fucking nuts, and yet this all gets discussed over and over again as if it were reality.
Israel braced on Friday for weeks of political uncertainty and a paralysed Middle East peace process after final results confirmed the Kadima party narrowly won the election but suggested Likud is better placed to form a government.WHAT PEACE PROCESS??!!?? THERE IS NO PEACE PROCESS. ISRAEL DOES NOT WANT PEACE. ISRAEL JUST FINISHED MURDERING 1300 PALESTINIANS AFTER SIX MONTHS OF PREMEDITATION.
So backing up, if Israel wants to avoid peace, then "the world" must fail to stop Iran from arming itself with nuclear weapons, and therefore any information about the fact that Iran has no nuclear weapons program must be studiously ignored. Because that information ruins everything. And that's why Americans must not learn about Dennis Blair's testimony to the Senate Intelligence Committee. Furthermore, you can tell that Israel wants to avoid peace (if by any chance you weren't convinced by their actions) just because they refuse to embrace this information. After all, by Bibi's logic, this news should allow Israel to "move rapidly" toward a lasting and workable peace with the Palestinians. Instead, we will get months of foot-dragging and stalling with the new, gridlocked Israeli government. Hopefully, we won't get WW III.
By their fruits shall ye know them.