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Dueling Banjoes-Ahmadinejad Vs Bush

The war of words between Western nations and Iran continues at full volume. The United States and Great Britain are pushing ahead to tighten international sanctions against Iran although it is clear Russia and China will not be as ready to accept such actions in light of the recent American intelligence report which claimed Iran did not have nuclear weapons nor was it pushing toward such goals. President Bush told a press conference that most nations “understand that the Iranian nuclear issue is a problem” that must be addressed. China believes, according to a spokesperson, “that the Iran nuclear issue will get resolved appropriately through peaceful and diplomatic means.”

Meanwhile, back in Iran, President Ahmadinejad is hailing the US Intelligence report as a personal triumph. “This is a declaration of victory for the Iranian nation against the world powers over the nuclear issue…Today is the day of victory for the Iranian nation and thank God all plots hatched by the enemies of Iran have failed.” Mohamed ElBaradei, head of the UN nuclear watchdog agency, said the report was a “sigh of relief” because its conclusions jibe with those of the IAEA. He added that “Iran has obviously been somewhat vindicated” in saying they have not been working on nuclear weapons.

Upon reflection, this entire matter could have been handled quite differently by the United States. The Bush inflammatory rhetoric exacerbated the situation and allowed Ahmadinejad to assume the role of victim. Quiet diplomacy was never given a chance by Bush in 2003 and it appears his similar strategy in 2007 has also resulted in failure. Fortunately, no one in 2007 got killed.

US Intelligence Claims No Iran Nuclear Weapons

A new report by an American intelligence estimate(NIE) that Tehran had ceased its nuclear military program in 2003 was greeted by cries of outrage from Israel and those advocating warlike actions against the government of Iran. The US NIE, a consensus of 16 intelligence agencies, concluded that Iran had suspended its attempt to build a nuclear weapon in 2003. Last month President Bush warned that a nuclear armed Iran posed a threat to world peace and Vice President Dick Cheney threatened Iran with “serious consequences” if it did not cease to abandon its nuclear weapon development.

Israel’s Defense Minister Ehud Barak, rejected the American report and insisted his nation must continue its efforts to end Iran’s nuclear weapons development. “We cannot allow ourselves,” he said, “to rest, just because of an intelligence report from the other side of the earth even if it is from our greatest friend.” However, the Iranian government greeted the report noting, “It’s natural that we welcome it when those countries who in the past have questioned” our information, “now amend their views realistically… The condition of Iran’s peaceful nuclear activities is becoming clear to the world.”

Republican Senator Chuck Hagel commented that the report removes, “if nothing else the urgency that we have to attack Iran, or knock out facilities..I don’t think you can overstate the importance of this.” This web site has continually urged patience in dealing with issues of the supposed Iran nuclear weapon program and we support Senator Hagel’s evaluation. It is now a time to resume efforts to negotiate with Iran over nuclear development and to cease making threats. One can only wonder if Israel’s Defense Minister would have accepted the report if it claimed Iran was pursuing nuclear weapon development.