Saturday, July 20, 2013


Netanyahu's hue and cry about Iran seeking to build nuclear weapons is hollow, according to Gary Sick, who served on the US National Security Council under Presidents Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan.  More than 20 years ago already, Mr. Netanyahu informed us that, unless someone intervened, Iran would have a nuclear weapon within five years. Almost every year since we were assured that Iran would have the 'bomb' within three to five years, sometimes less, unless Iran "were forced to stop". However Israel's nuclear weapons program yielded nuclear bombs in absolute secrecy in only a few years. The Israeli nuclear weapons program was subsequently followed by South Africa, India and even poor Pakistan with virtually no industrial base and more recently North Korea.  Yet Iran which is endowed with a robust industrial base, exceptional engineering universities and a well educated population....has been unable to build a nuclear bomb within those 20 years ?
It is also worth mentioning that all US intelligence services have confirmed that Iran does not intend to build nuclear weapons. In 2007, a US National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) verified Iran was not after nuclear arms. The report, prepared by 16 US intelligence agencies, confirmed with "high confidence" the peaceful nature of Iran's nuclear program. A similar report was published in 2011.
21 July 2013