'Each man takes the limits of his own field of vision for the limits of the world'
-- Arthur Schopenhauer, Essays and Aphorisms

'Artists are tricky fellows sir, forever shaping the world according to some design of their own'
-- Jonathan Strange, Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell

Tuesday, 13 March 2012

Iran and Media-disseminated Evidence

Satellite images of key installations may be all too familiar. Colin Powell's 'worst day' at the United Nations (a former aide, Col. Wilkerson called it the 'lowest point' in my life), pointing to images to show evidence of ongoing Iraqi WMD programmes are still fresh in the memory.

But among several media outlets that run a recent satellite "bust" on Iran was USA Today, under the headline, Satellite images indicate Iranian nuke cleanup. "Possibly" the cleanup was to erase traces of the testing of a nuclear trigger. All the diplomats cited were accredited to the IAEA.

The BBC reported on British Prime Minister's visit to Washington. One pundit asserted that the Israelis wouldn't act against Iran without US support, and that Obama wouldn't act without Cameron, which shows a wonderful Anglocentric worldview. The NYT reports Cameron will join Obama in calling for diplomacy not war.

Obama does want to proceed through multilateral intiatives when venturing into foreign policy and many pundits argue that Israel doesn't have the ability to take out Iran's nuclear installations unilaterally. According to some sources Netanyahu made a request for weaponry from the US during his visit including bunker-busters, allowing Israel to increase the window of time it had before commencing a strike, which would give diplomacy more time. The article does not say whether the request was granted.

Meanwhile the Jerusalem Post is working on the when not if premise, in running a story that Netanyahu won't attack Iran before his wife gets to see Madonna.

We are living, after all, in a material world.

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