Less scary than we thought?
IT REPRESENTS a remarkable change of opinion. Just two years ago the consensus view of America’s 16 intelligence agencies was tough and unambiguous: Iran was “determined to develop nuclear weapons despite its international obligations and international pressure.” The fact that Iran then, in 2006, overtly restarted nuclear enrichment—the process to make nuclear fuel which can also be used to make fissile material for bombs—in defiance of United Nations Security Council resolutions only increased the sense of alarm. Speculation has since grown that America might take matters into its own hands and bomb Iran. George Bush said in a recent speech that an Iranian bomb could contribute to “world war three”. Dick Cheney, the hawkish vice-president, gave warning of “serious consequences” if Iran did not suspend uranium enrichment. Full Story