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Robert D. Onley

The death of truth

Fallout of the misleading intelligence from the War in Iraq in 2003 is now leading the international community into dangerous, reactive skepticism, beginning with the International Atomic Energy Agency’s damning report on Iran’s now exposed nuclear weapons program. This ill-founded skepticism extends to American allegations last month that the Iranian government backed a plot to assassinate the Saudi Arabian ambassador to the United States.Despite the comprehensive, wide-ranging IAEA Report on Iran’s covert nuclear arms research, Russia and China have already rejected the possibility of increasing sanctions against Iran, arguing on disingenuous grounds that the UK, France, and US will use sanctions as an “instrument for regime change in Iran.”Major news outlets across the world and particularly in the Middle East are similarly casting complete doubt on American and Israeli claims that Iran is actively working on nuclear weapons. “The Americans are lying once again,” is the commentators’ chorus.There is no arguing that the release of the IAEA Report was preceded by loud sabre rattling from the American and Israeli political establishments with leaked pronouncements that Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is allegedly preparing Israel for unilateral air strikes against Iran’s nuclear sites.The timing of the release of these statements was certainly no accident, designed both to spark global discourse on Iran prior to the IAEA Report and to intentionally expose the Israeli government’s willingness to undertake military action. But since his election in 2009, Netanyahu has repeatedly stated Israel’s deep existential fears about the Iranian nuclear weapons program. As such, none of his recent statements should in any way discredit the catastrophic implications of the IAEA Report, which sets out in unprecedented detail the extent of Iran’s covert nuclear research and experimental nuclear detonator testing.Some critics have been quick to point out that Iran’s research into the design of nuclear weapons… Read More