By Dr. Erick San Juan
The recent revelation of the declassified National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) which confirmed the halt of Iranian nuclear weapons development as early as 2003 has dashed the warmongering rhetoric of US President George Bush and should teach Washington that the world will never be safe as long as the hawks continue to hold sway at the White House.
For one, it proved Bush's critics right and further diminished the worth of US policy in inveigling the entire world to join a campaign of hate and aggression against Iran.
Second, it made Bush look silly and the caboodle of US officials boosting his tirades as nothing but nattering nabobs of nuclear blackmail.
Third, it shattered the myth of Washington basing its policies and demeanor on good old intelligence and exposed the incredible vice of Bush and company on creating a reality of their own, a solipsism that is dangerous to world peace and the lives of Iranians, Americans and all other peoples on earth.
We are outraged by the insistence of US officials that their May 2005 assessment that Iran was on the verge of creating a nuclear weapon was correct in all essentials, even in the face of incontrovertible evidence that Bush and company had lied.
This is akin to the amentic proclivity of Bush to insist that the executed Saddam Hussein was guilty of harboring Osama bin Laden and Al-Qaeda when facts showed that Hussein hated Osama and fundamentalism so much that he would hunt them down the way honey badgers hunt down cobras.
Alas, the world will never be at peace if Washington will continue to insist in its version of reality and wrong policies, in utter disregard of its own intelligence.