Leon Hadar gives an interesting roundup of what happened in the Middle East and among the so-called “Axis of Evil” since George W. Bush gave start to his “war on terror” in early 2002:

During his State of the Union Address on Jan. 29, 2002, President George W. Bush named Iraq, North Korea, and Iran as members of an “Axis of Evil,” and accused them of sponsoring terrorism and seeking weapons of mass destruction (WMD). The three Evils Ones “threaten the peace of the world,” Mr. Bush declared. “By seeking weapons of mass destruction, these regimes pose a grave and growing danger,” he said.

Hadar begins with these quotes from the President and presents a panoramic view of all these years that passed with “preemptive war” hysteria in the Middle East and finally concludes that, the Neocon regime taught an important lesson to some countries: “If you don’t want to end up like Saddam, make sure that you have a nuclear weapon.”

The below is an excerpt from his article on AntiWar.com – be sure to read the complete thing, it’s highly recommended:

clipped from www.antiwar.com

Well, as we know by now, Saddam had neither WMD nor ties to Osama bin Laden
(never mind), and “liberated” Iraq hasn’t been transformed into a
shining model of freedom in the Middle East, but the regime change in Baghdad
did have one clear, unintended (but not unforeseen) effect.

It taught Dear Leader Kim Jong-Il and Supreme Leader Sayyid Ali Khamenei one
important lesson: If you don’t want to end up like Saddam, make sure that you
have a nuclear weapon. It’s called deterrence, and it would ensure that even
the most ambitious American neocon would think twice before trying to oust you.

And surprise, surprise! This is exactly what the North Koreans and the Iranians
have been doing since the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003. On Oct. 9, 2006, North
Korea announced that it had conducted its first nuclear test, and many intelligence
and military analysts have suggested that North Korea has produced, or has the
capability to produce, up to six or seven such nuclear bombs

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