In her August 27, 2013 report on NPR’s All Things Considered, correspondent Mara Liasson describes impending US military action in Syria as a “proxy war” with Iran, who she says “is developing its own weapons of mass destruction.”
While you could interpret a potential US military strike on Syria as a proxy war with Iran, the actual existence of Iranian nuclear or chemical weapons programs shouldn’t be open to interpretation. It either has them or it doesn’t. Liasson offers nothing to refute the latest IAEA findings that point to the absence of any program on the brink of building nuclear weapons nor does she give us even a whiff of evidence that Iran is producing chemical warfare agents.
Unverified claims of weapons of mass destruction should sound vaguely familiar to most Americans. It’s the drum beat that led us marching into the war in Iraq, where we never found any WMD but instead much more than we ever bargained for. Hopefully NPR will change its tune and base the reporting of this story on solid facts we can stand by rather than the sinking sands of speculation.