British Intelligence Joins the Pro-Israel Lobby

By Jeffrey Goldberg

Sir John Sawers, the chief of the British intelligence agency MI6, says that Iran will be a nuclear weapons state by 2014, and that an Iran with nuclear weapons would present "huge dangers" to Israel and to the United States. "The Iranians are determinedly going down a path to master all aspects of nuclear weapons; all the technologies they need," he said. "It's equally clear that Israel and the United States would face huge dangers if Iran were to become a nuclear weapon state." He also said that his agency was working to "delay that awful moment when the politicians may have to take a decision between accepting a nuclear-armed Iran or launching a military strike against Iran," and he added: "I think it will be very tough for any prime minister of Israel or president of the United States to accept a nuclear-armed Iran."

These statements suggest one of two things:

1) British intelligence is taking orders from AIPAC and the Likud Party;

2) The chief of British intelligence might be right on the merits; Iran is pursuing nuclear-weapons status, and that this is something that should worry Israel and the entire West.

I'm reasonably sure there are people reading this who believe the answer to be 1).

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