War cheerleaders celebrate IAEA’s lastest report on Iran
On November 20, 2008, the New York Times ran an article on Iran’s nuclear program with the sensation headline “Iran Said to have Enough Nuclear Fuel For One Nuke.” The article produced a general frothing in the Western mainstream media and among the online contingency of war cheerleaders, and has energized the campaign for another Middle East conflict.
The article, along with other mainstream media reports heralded the latest routine findings of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), which states that Iran has now produced roughly enough nuclear material to make, a single atom bomb. Much of the furor focused only on the headline and Richard L. Garwin’s statement “They clearly have enough material for a bomb”
What was ignored, or glossed over was in the very first sentence in the article: “Iran has now produced roughly enough nuclear material to make, with added purification, a single atom bomb…”
Also ignored was the following key statement:
“Several experts said that was enough for a bomb, but they cautioned that the milestone was mostly symbolic, because Iran would have to take additional steps. Not only would it have to breach its international agreements and kick out the inspectors, but it would also have to further purify the fuel and put it into a warhead design — a technical advance that Western experts are unsure Iran has yet achieved.”
It would seem that the media and powers that be, while thoroughly discredited, are gearing up for yet another push for a confrontation with Iran based on assumed threats, half truths and outright fabrications.