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See nothing – hear nothing

July 31, 2015 by Michael Kuttner
First published in jWire

Reverberations from the misconceived and much touted Vienna agreement continue to rumble forth on a daily basis... writes Michael Kuttner.

Just as defenders of the calamitous Munich agreement frantically pulled out all stops to justify it and incidentally with the aid of most of the newspapers of the day denigrated all those who warned of its toxic consequences, so today, the same methods are being employed to sell an odiously flawed piece of paper.

A parade of US administration officials from the President down, are testifying that this agreement is the best thing since sliced bread and that rejection by Congress &the Senate will be a calamity of epic proportions. These declarations remind me of the frenetic expressions of support that issued forth when Neville Chamberlain arrived back from Munich. Reading through an analysis of what transpired then, I was struck by the eerie similarities to today’s situation.

According to historical scholars, Chamberlain's supporters settled for hope over other credible options. British foreign policy at the time was predicated in favor of allowing Germany ... More

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Submitted to The NZ Herald on July 20, 2015

Your editorial (17 July) describes the recent nuclear deal as a triumph for Iran and the US. Well, certainly for Iran. In exchange for a few promises, Iran will now be given effectively a free hand in the Middle East, while Obama’s US continues its withdrawal into isolationism. It may be that Iran will use its new clout peacefully and constructively, but no commentators other than your leader-writer are betting on it. The fact that the only regional leader strongly in favour is Syria's Bashar Assad should sound a clear warning that this is not about justice, peace and stability in the Middle East.

While Israel predictably opposes the deal, which undeniably poses a potential security threat, others expressing concern are more likely targets for a nuclear Iran. Saudi Arabia, as Iran’s regional and religious rival, might be well-advised to start its own nuclear research programme - for peaceful purposes, of course - or buy in the technology from, say, Pakistan.

Perish the thought, but a nuclear Saudi Arabia - and perhaps Turkey and Egypt - might be the best deterrent to Iran's regional adventurism.

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