'Intelligent discontent is the mainspring of civilization.' -- Eugene V. Debs

Tuesday, August 03, 2010

Iran's Ever Imminent Nukes: A History of Hysteria 

A truly must read article from a couple of months ago, chronicling a history of nearly 30 years of assertions that Iran is developing nuclear weapons. An excerpt:

For nearly three decades we have been hearing or reading dire predictions by the officials of the United States, Israel, and their allies that Iran is on the verge of developing nuclear weapons. Such warnings have been common, but none has come true. Now that the talk of imposing crippling sanctions on or even attacking Iran is heating up again, it is instructive to take a look at the history of such false prophecies.

The most astonishing aspect of the predictions about Iran’s imminent nuclear bomb is that, when Iran actually declared in the 1970s that it was indeed pursuing nuclear weapons, the West and Israel were absolutely silent, but Iran’s declarations since the mid-1980s that it is not seeking nuclear weapons have been greeted with disbelief and mockery.

Again, please consider reading the article in its entirety. It's quite an eye opener.

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