My, oh my, it's been a bad 24 hours for those loveable, truthful, peace-loving creatures, the neo-cons (the intellectual founder of the neo-conservative movement is pictured above). First, the 'evil dictator' Hugo Chavez reacts to his referendum loss by er....accepting defeat and congratulating his opponents, then the party of fellow 'evil dictator' Vladimir Putin wins a landslide victory in Russia, and now this breaking news from The Guardian:
"Iran halted its nuclear weapons programme in 2003, intelligence agencies said today, in an unexpected finding. A new national intelligence estimate on Iran concluded, in contrast to two years ago, that Tehran had halted its nuclear weapons programme in 2003."
So, would you believe it? All the time during the past couple of years that those loveable, truthful, peace-loving neo-cons were telling us that Iran was developing nuclear weapons and it really wasn't.
I wonder if this news will stop neocon propagandists like the historian Niall Ferguson from writing about Iran's 'nuclear weapons' as if they are a fact- in the same way they wrote of 'Iraqi WMDs' as if they were a fact, in the lead up to the 2003 invasion?
The author of this blog has maintained all along that the talk of a Iranian nuclear weapons programme was baloney- in the same way he consistently rubbished the claims about Iraq possessing WMD in 2002/3 and disputed the claim that Yugoslav forces were committing genocide in Kosovo in 1999. How was I so sure that the neocons were lying on each occasion? It's very, very easy. Their lips moved.
UPDATE: Talking of serial liars and Iran, the Guardian has, somehow seen fit to publish this execrable piece of neocon propaganda by someone readers of this blog will be quite familiar with.
UPDATE: So incensed was I on Tuesday morning when I saw that the Guardian had published such a vile piece of pro-war propaganda from such a malicious and deceitful individual as Oliver Kamm, who has tried all he could to get me out of The Guardian (and other papers too) for the 'crime' of critically reviewing his book, that I posted here the details of the Guardian's Readers' Editor and Editor for people who wished to complain. But I've taken them down now, because encouraging people to write into complain about articles/particular writers is something the neocons do. When you're dealing with those who live in the sewer as Kamm does, it's important not to let them bring you down to their level. In the end, the Guardian's decision to publish the piece was extremely fortunate. The author was made to look even more ridiculous than usual as the central premise of his piece- that Iran posed a grave threat- was destroyed by the US Security services report published the same day. The writer then made a very misguided attempt, on the Guardian website later on in the day, to argue that the report, which stressed that Iran did not pose a threat, backed his case that it did. The comments underneath the piece show that what little credibility he had with Guardian readers on the morning of December 4th, had evaporated by the evening.
God really does move in mysterious ways.