Friday, April 2, 2010

Hypothetical but hazerdous hype from the hope man

There is something in the air, the portents are ominious, they are upping the ante, Iran is to be attacked sooner rather than later, a pretext is needed, and we have the Iranian nuclear scientist Shahram Amiri, who disappeared in Saudi last year, supposedly singing the song that they want him to sing and saying that Iran is secretly building two previously unknown nuclear enrichment facilities. Of course, no evidence or sources are provided to substantiate these claims and the CIA tell us what Amiri told them. Well, did Amiri tell them anything? We don't know and if he did, why is this news just being revealed now? After all, the spooks have had their grubby paws on Amiri since he defected. or was he abducted? - in Saudi last June. Moreover, even if Amiri did pass this informaion onto the CIA, is it true, and is it at least part of the "evidence" that Obama was thinking of when he said to CBS's  a few hours ago, that "all the evidence" points to Iran developing nuclear weapons?

Still, Iran is the "baddie" and if you have any doubts about that take note of what the chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, Adm. Mike Mullen has to say. The admiral has accused Iran of arming anti-US militants in Kandahar province. Of course, there is also no need here to supply any proof to substantiate this claim. After all, with Obama telling us that "Iran could "destabilize" life in the Mideast and trigger an arms race in the region", we really cannot take any chances, can we? Yes, the manufacturers of consent will do their job and convince that myopic majority, whose bottom up reading skills are, unfortunately, not sufficiently developed to have picked up on the bit about the CIA admitting in its last declassified annual report to the Congress that it can provide no hard evidence to show that Iran is trying produce nuclear weapons. Of course, that was all before Mr Amiri supposedly passed his invaluable information onto American intelligence and Admiral Mullen discovered that Iran was helping the taliban. Anyway, if there are those among you who are still slightly skeptical think about what might have happened if Iran's neighbour, Iraq, hadn't been attacked and it had then turned out that they actually had weapons of mass destruction. Yes, the evidence would seem to suggest that there are quite a lot of people out there living in a  hypothetical, "If I had known you were coming, I would have baked a cake" world. However, the really scary stuff is not coming out of Teheran, that is for sure.

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