Ten years after Colin Powell sold a war to Americans and the world on a fake premise — that Iraq was on the verge of having nuclear weapons, it just could be that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is in the same market. The linkage ten years apart is a campaign to wage preemptive wars — perpetrated by the same alliance of neoconservatives.
Netanyahu appeared before the UN General Assembly in late September and, armed with a cartoon-like bomb diagram, said that Iran is within months of the point of no return–having nuclear weapons.
Is that true? Or are the purveyors of agitprop at work again.
A dispatch from Reuters quotes intelligence analysts and nuclear specialists as saying Iran could be years, not months from being able to produce and deliver a nuclear bomb.
(Reuters) – Iran already has enough low-enriched uranium for several atomic bombs if refined to a high degree but it may still be a few years away from being able to build a nuclear-armed missile if it decided to go down that path.
Israel’s warning last week that Iran will be on the brink of developing a nuclear weapon by mid-2013 seemed to refer to when it could have a sufficient stock of higher-grade uranium to make a quick dash to produce a bomb’s worth of weapon-grade material.
But, analysts say, Tehran would need time also for the technologically complicated task of fashioning highly refined uranium gas into a nuclear warhead small enough to fit on a missile – if it opts for such weapons of mass destruction.
What if the same people who brought us the war in Iraq — some of whom actually still cling to the empty notion that Iraq did have weapons of mass destruction — now are at their dangerous hi-jinks once again?
Propaganda is powerful business and so is manipulation of popular opinion. A large percentage of Americans still believe that:
–Iraq was responsible for the 9-11 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon;
–Iraq was close to building a nuclear weapon in 2002;
–The United States acted in Iraq “based on the best available intelligence at the time.”
These are all lies.
Now, because Iran appears to be the enemy du jour, a sales campaign is underway to push public opinion toward the need for quick action against Iran. When will we learn? And will a new Obama administration follow through on diplomacy and neutralize the purveyors of lies?