It looks like the war in the Gulf with another “coalition” being led by the ear into Iran will be on a rain-check at the moment. At least until the Bush administration finds another excuse to inflict upon us another of its failures and waxes lyrical about how Iran (or whatever country in vogue at the time) is the real axis of evil and should be exterminated.
Why? Simple. Their own Director of National Intelligence has released a simple 9 page report in which it convincingly ascertain that Iran’s nuclear weapons ambitions ceased in 2003, even though they continue to enrich uranium, ostensibly for peaceful purposes, generation of power is one of them.
I am glad they didn’t bring out the ILM-style smoke and mirrors to “convince” us with absolute certainty that the Iranians are dangerous and should immediately be attacked “in order to save the world,” and all that tired hogwash.
To be fair; though, let me put it on record that I – as a Gulf individual – am not happy that Iran is pursuing nuclear technology, nor am I thrilled that the countries on this side of the Gulf decided to act in an amateurish manner and initiate a dangerous and expensive nuclear energy race when all scientific indications suggest that covering just one third of the Saudi desert with solar panels can generate enough power to satisfy the world’s current energy needs! Add to that the state of education that this whole region suffers from and don’t even mention the inherent political instability and you would be mad to support such notions as nuclear energy in our area is “safe”.
Let me emphasise that I recognise and raise my hat to the DNI for having the courage to release such a report, even though their various intelligence agencies seem to have taken a strategic approach to not communicate with each other and to habitually inflate findings to be “aligned” with the administration’s plat du jour.
We can now breath a sigh of relief and enjoy the feeling as it might very well be temporary. Knowing this region, I am sure that we will either create a bigger problem to maintain our collective insomnia, or simply import one to keep us busy. We’re good at both.