Remember the 1990s and early 2000s hunt for WMD in Iraq headed by the former director-general of the IAEA, Hans Blix? No WMD has been found, but during that period, the propaganda within the NATO countries arguing for war ultimately led to the 2003 Iraq invasion.
Now, fast forward to 2011. I get the sinking feeling we are witnessing the repeat of that. Remember the supposed plot by Iran to hire some Mexicans to assassinate the Saudi ambassador to the U.S. just few weeks ago? And now the IAEA report? Given the headlines in the NATO countries, does it really matter what the real truth is? Patrick Hayes from spiked summed up the sentiment, as expressed in this China Daily opinion column comic, rather well:
In many ways, this produces the worst of both worlds. The West still intervenes, but in a dishonest fashion, using the IAEA and UN weapons inspectors as a neutral, independent-looking Trojan horse with which to intervene in another country’s affairs. From the role of the UN’s weapons-inspection regime in Iraq onwards, it is increasingly evident that ‘weapons inspections’ act as a tool to administer a modern form of colonisation, where disobedient, unruly foreign nations are pushed around by their international superiors.
People in the West forget the fact that Israel posses nuclear weapons. With so much hostility expressed in the Western media towards Iran, it almost seems like these same people are encouraging Iran to build nuclear weapons. How else do they ensure their survival.
Now, let’s suppose the U.S. and Israel launch an attack on Iran within the next few years. What then? With Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya in shambles, does adding a decrepit Iran into the mix make our world a better place?
Is invading a foreign country every two or three years the norm for the United States? Is this the type of future we want for our children? The U.S. has the might to mold our world into a different norm. Each day she squanders in leading towards it is a day lost in opportunity.
On my way to lunch earlier today I heard on the radio an NPR commentator (NPR being one of the most professional media in the U.S. in my opinion) saying something to the effect of “Iran’s identity is based on being anti-American.” If that is not propaganda, I don’t know what is.
Perhaps those were ‘nicer’ words, but how truly different are that from Hitler’s pronouncements to the Germans against the Jews?