Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Here We Go Again?

There is something familiar about the large splash in the press about Iran's nuclear ambitions. Clearly, a country like Iran possessing a long-range nuclear capability is a worrying situation - although that is not to say that the USA, Israel, Russia, India, Pakistan having the same capability is not worrying! However, how will we know? The debacle over intelligence in Iraq casts a long shadow over my trust of the intelligence services.

What will be interesting to see is whether there will be a drip feed of nuclear/WMD stories about Iran. It is hard to see that public opinion is going to be swayed towards taking action against Iran. But a significant number of us did not support action against Iraq, even when presented with the "incontrovertable" evidence of WMDs, so whether public support means much remains to be seen.

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