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When Yogi Berra said that a certain restaurant was so popular that no one goes there anymore, he was rather delightfully tripping over his tongue. Far less delightful was the Guardian today.
The UN's nuclear watchdog has asked Iran to explain evidence suggesting that Iranian scientists have experimented with an advanced nuclear warhead design, the Guardian has learned.

The very existence of the technology, known as a "two-point implosion" device, is officially secret in both the US and Britain, but according to previously unpublished documentation in a dossier compiled by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Iranian scientists may have tested high-explosive components of the design. The development was today described by nuclear experts as "breathtaking" and has added urgency to the effort to find a diplomatic solution to the Iranian nuclear crisis.
The very existence of the technology is secret. Well, secret in the US and Britain. So, presumably, if the Iranians knew about it, they were in possession of secret information. Unless, of course, they learned about it from non-British or non-American sources. Is this technology secret in China? Are the Japanese using it for something? Is it possible that although it's technically secret in some places, its existence is widely known?

How can the Iranians be held accountable for something they supposedly did not know about in the first place? Was it an open secret? If so, why emphasize that the mere existence of it is secret? If not, exactly whose secret is it now? How very brightly the words may have burn. They may have or they may not have. Maybe it was part of a secret design and maybe it wasn't. So, what's the connection between this "design" that they should not know about and what they may or may not have done that has rendered so many breathless?

An explosion.

If they did explode something, and I'm more than willing to admit that they may have, what proof is it that they knew anything? How does it prove that whatever they knew was something they shouldn't? And how in the world does an explosion prove that whatever they knew and however they knew it is a nuclear weapon in the makings? It's almost as if whatever they do proves whatever we wish to believe.

I worked with a young man years ago whose father owned a landscaping company and three Ford trucks. In a desperate effort to inflate his father's importance, and thereby his own, he said that because he was such a good customer, Ford Motor Company was always eager to get his father's opinion on things, especially trucks. So, he was privy to products that had not yet been released, and the son, therefore, knew certain secrets concerning Ford Motor Company. One Monday morning he showed up swollen with pride. Over the weekend, he had test driven a secret Ford Ranger four-door pickup with a half-dozen secret features in a color that was exactly the color he intended to tell them about. Not just his father this time, but he himself. They wanted the son's opinion on this one, since it was obviously a young person's truck. Well, this one was so unbelievably special, so absolutely secret, he stretched, that it hadn't even been built yet.

It's the kind of breathtaking lie that leaves one speechless.
 
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