Baird says Iran could build nuclear bomb within months screams the CBC headline over Evan Solomon interviewing John Baird under a giant picture of visiting Israel PM Shimon Peres.
Fans of the Iran got nukes! cry-wolf sweepstakes will recall both Peres and Netanyahu predicted in 1992 that Iran would have nuclear warheads by 1999, 1992 also being the year a former Mossad official advised “Iran has to be identified as Enemy No.1.”
“Remember,” said former IDF Chief of Strategic Planning Shlomo Brom in 2004 (page 167):
“the Iranians are always ﬁve to seven years from the bomb. Time passes but they’re always ﬁve to seven years from the bomb.”
Juan Cole lists his top four Iran got nukes! predictions in the 90’s from a longer list at Christian Science Monitor, which notes that the alarums predate the 1979 Islamic revolution to a time when the US, Germany, and France were selling 20 nuclear reactors to Iran.
Wide Asleep in America has a more extensive list beginning in 1984.
Boris : “Baird also won’t talk about why Iran might want to develop a threshold capacity for nuclear weapons for regional strategic reasons.”
Let’s go to the map, shall we?