Potatoe, Po-ta-toe

It isn’t uncommon for us to see old methods re-warmed and repeated throughout history, though it’s less common for us to see the same technique twice within the same administration. Add to the fact that the technique itself has been exposed and condemned openly in the public, and you have to wonder if certain politicians are just not amply prepared to play the game.

UN atomic watchdog, Mohamed ElBaradei, has been quoted by major news outlets as having declared that the International Atomic Energy Agency cannot find any evidence that Iran is constructing nuclear weapons, contrary to what the Bush administration has been saying for the last… who knows how long.
Quoted from CNN on the Democracy Now site, ElBaradei states his concern that the confrontation over fictitious weapons will escalate under the current approach, and cautions that the “only durable solution is through negotiations and inspections.”
Both things that the Bush administration has a proven track record of having used to avoid military confrontation in the Middle East during its tenure…
Despite the lack of hard evidence, Dubya has warned that World War III is nigh, and that the only way for us to stop this from happening is if we find a way to take Tehran’s toys away. This sounds more than strikingly reminiscent of the rhetoric that led up to the U.S. occupation of Iraq, the success of which is supported by the 4142 coalition deaths recorded in 1683 days of fighting, as reported by Icasualties.org. Thank whatever diety you praise that we had that stellar “Mission Accomplished” celebration so long ago on that aircraft carrier; if we hadn’t and the mission had continued un-accomplished, I’d hate to see what the death-toll would be today.
So, although the spectre of nuclear armament and various other weapons of mass destruction was raised and used to get boots on the ground in Iraq, and despite the fact that none have ever been found and the justification for the war has been proven to be a fabrication, the global community finds itself further down the road and facing the same rhetoric. This time the target is Iran. One wonders if certain government officials are working their way through countries that sound similar.
In fairness, it’s safe to say that Ahmadinejad wants the bomb, as it would have been safe to say that Hussein wanted the bomb as well. Of course Iran and Iraq want weapons of mass destruction; they’re Middle Eastern countries within firing range of Saudi Arabia and Israel, both powerful in their own right and strong proxies for the American interest in the Middle East. This isn’t exactly an area known for peace and prosperity, so it shouldn’t surprise anyone that any of those countries would want powerful armaments.
The better question is whether the Western approach to diplomacy in the Middle East, which currently involves carpet-bombing, is likely to deter or energize these interests.
That’s a question that needs to be asked before the same tired, debunked and dangerous rhetoric leads us to further chaos in a place already populated by plenty as it is.

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