It is not clear which is more perilous to society, bigotry or ignorance, but when an 'opinion' piece is pleading with the public to go to war applying both, spiced with deliberate misinformation, we must question the motive (http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,24393-2157918,00.html).
In spite of vigorous intrusive
inspections by the IAEA,
Mr. Liddle should be made aware of
several facts before he trumpets nations to war. He cannot persecute on 'intent' - which
I would call on Mr. Liddle's
expertise to explain what he means by "extremely enriched uranium at Natanz, the
sort of stuff you need to make atomic bombs"; His usage of language, reflecting a lack
of expertise in the nuclear field, would be comical were it not dangerously bent
on scare-mongering to incite a war.
In fact, the IAEA had backed
More importantly, an attack on
Mr. Liddle outsmarts himself when he writes "[There is still a large tranche of the western world that believes with bovine obduracy that because we and the Americans and the French and the Israelis have nukes, why shouldn't poor old Third World Iran?" (notice the inclusion of non NPT Israel and the absence of Russia and China). I wonder if Mr. Liddle had anything to say during the Apartheid years when Israel engaged in massive nuclear cooperation with S. Africa including trade in uranium, transfer of weapons technology and cooperation in staging at least one joint nuclear test. What was his opinion at the time? I would be curious to know what he has to say about Israel's $500 million per year nuclear commerce with India? Of course, it may be that since India and (Moslem) Pakistan are long time rivals, assisting them is the noble man's burden.
The solution Mr. Liddle has for us - an attack on Iran - is an emotional call based on bigotry and hatred. Such emotions rub one of logic and leave one blind to consequences. The Iraq attack left the "coalition of the willing" in a quagmire and created a haven for terrorists, not foregoing the innumerable casualties and a civil war. Iraq was the result of lies, fear-mongering and warmongering of the likes of Mr. Liddle. But what Mr. Liddle must recall is that Iraq was already militarily bankrupt at the time of the invasion - Iran is not.
"I don't know with what weapons World War Three will be fought, but World War Four will be fought with sticks and stones".
Maybe Mr. Liddle has his morbid wish, but I am certain that the rest of humanity has no wish to go back to sticks and stones. Liddle ought to let cooler heads and saner voices lead us through these tiring times.
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