Drumbeats of War or a Smoke Screen?


Four times a year the International Atomic Energy Agency issues reports on Iran's nuclear program, making determined throat clearing a quarterly ritual. The latest update, GOV/2011/65, was always expected to bring more than that: for the first time, the U.N. watchdog laid out a strong case that Iran is working toward the production of an atomic weapon. But when it was circulated Nov. 8, the report landed with even greater impact because Israel had spent the previous week letting the world believe it was on the verge of launching air attacks...

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