Iran,  Iraq


I wonder what the prospects for peace in the Middle East would be right now if there’d been no Iraq war and Saddam Hussein was still in situ?…what with his mortal enemies across the border blocking weapons inspections and *possibly* developing a nuclear weapons arsenal? I wonder what Saddam Hussein’s own response to inspections would be given the international community’s inability to force compliance from Iran?

Just imagine it for a second: an Iran-Iraq nuclear arms race with the UN and IAEA standing impotent on the sidelines. Doesn’t bear thinking about, does it?

Is the fact that we don’t have to contemplate this nightmare scenario what they call a ‘happy corollary’ or an ‘unintended consequence’?