Thursday, 1 November 2007

Will Bush Attack Iran?

[Commentary]

Common sense dictates it would be madness, but when has Bush been accused of common sense?

One of my Iranian colleagues just asked: Will there be a war? Will the Americans attack?

I wish I knew, I replied. "I hope not," I said. It wasn't a conversation I wanted to get into at that point.

But he was persistent. "I work in the technical department. You get to see more and read more. You speak to more people. What is your feeling. What is your opinion?"

There is a probability, I told him, but all things considered, a small one. Bush and his regime are becoming increasingly belligerent towards Iran. There have been some reports of "anti-Iranianism" in the United States; the frequently repeated accusations that Iranian weapons are killing American soldiers in Iraq seems to have touched a nerve with some people.

But there is no evidence, he argued.

True, I said, but be realistic, evidence can be manufactured or invented.

What about the United Nations, they say we are doing nothing illegal, said my colleague.

Yes, but look, the Americans and French were quick, too quick in my opinion, to dismiss the latest statements made this week by the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Mohammed ElBaradei who reiterated that in his opinion Iran did not pose a nuclear threat.

It was a knee-jerk reaction. They didn't give themselves time to analyze the ElBaradei report. They don't want to be convinced that Iran does not pose "a clear and present danger" to its neighbors.


Read the complete article here at Ohmynews International.





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