Wednesday, August 25, 2004

U.S. confrontational stance on Iran

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CAIRO: The last thing the United States needs in this part of the world is one more enemy. Yet last week, all indications were that the Bush administration was marching straight into a confrontation with Iran. The U.S. national security adviser, Condoleezza Rice, issued ominous warnings to Iran over its nuclear research program. Rice stated the resolve of the United States - undoubtedly with Israel's help - to destroy Iran's Bushehr nuclear reactor and other nuclear research facilities, insisting that Iran was building nuclear arms. Neoconservatives in Washington appear to have convinced themselves that Iran is a country boiling with discontent, so rife with opposition to the clerical regime that all it needs is a little military nudge for that divided society to erupt in revolt and for the regime to collapse. This logic is simple, convenient and wrong."

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