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Wednesday, September 28, 2005
The Siren Song of Diplomacy
For those who continue to blather on about 'diplomacy' and 'UN Resolutions' as a method of dealing with the flagrantly volatile fascists of Iran, I want to ask -- What the hell are you thinking?
I've come across 2 interesting articles today. They are both on the subject of Iran, but are conspicuously incongruous with each other. The first one relates to British Foreign Secretary, Jack Straw's assertion that even the discussion of ...
military action against Iran was "inconceivable".
Mr Straw said he hoped diplomacy could still end the international stand-off over the country's nuclear programme.
Beggin' your pardon Jack, but who's side are you on? And while you take military action completely off the table, Iran's murdering mullahs and their fascist puppet-dictatorship are resounding a fat, maniacal laugh -- right in your puckered up little face, as they prepare to blow the lid off the razor-thin falsehood that they are, even remotely interested in diplomacy.
Think I'm overreacting? Let me crush your hopes and dreams with this article...
Iran's conservative-controlled parliament took a first step Wednesday toward halting snap inspections by the UN nuclear watchdog of its atomic facilities
On Tuesday, Iran threatened to resume uranium enrichment and to cease implementation of the additional protocol allowing for tightened inspections if the West does not modify the resolution passed by the IAEA.
That's right, Jack. Not only have they resumed uranium enrichment in defiance of UN resolutions, but they are also making a move to expel UN inspectors and continue on their path towards obtaining
nuclear weapons (ahem...) I mean nuclear energy without any checks or balances from the international community. Not that I have much faith in the faceless cabal at the UN, but it would be better than giving Iran carte blanche to develop the technology that would make it a simple task to turn the entire eastern seaboard into a smoldering crater. Where are all the hippie eco-freaks when you need them? Don't they realize how many endangered sea otters could be wiped out in an instant, if Iran decides to play dirty?
Call me 'Chicken Little' if you like. I would sleep a whole lot better if the West would stop sending flowers and love-notes to Tehran and instead, had the butt end of a shotgun parked right where President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad parks it.
They're laughing at us...and we're giving them a good reason to.
[ Thanks to Cox & Forkum for the toon ]
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Well, it only makes perfect sense that it's crucial for Iran to develop nuclear capability for the sole purpose of power generation. After all, what other source of energy do they have?
I mean, think about it...
Posted by: Rob R | 2005-09-28 12:15:25 PM
I have said before, and I stand by -- I do not feel safe with nuclear energy (even just for power generation) being in the hands of a nation where 70% of it's inhabitants live like cave-dwellers. This is a volatile and precise technology, and they haven't even mastered hot and cold running water.
Ask the Russians what can happen when a country races to embrace technology that it doesn't fully understand.
Besides...Are you really still fooled into thinking this has ANYTHING to do with power generation? Why didn't they rush out to build windmills? They've got lots of wide open desert - I'm sure it gets pretty windy out there.
The Iranian government has never been proactive about supplying their population with heat and electricity. Their too busy making sure the women have their hair covered.
Posted by: Wonder Woman | 2005-09-28 1:10:33 PM
Wonder Woman: Please, 70% of Iranians do not "live like cave-dwellers". The are a considerably more advanced society than Pakistan (for which one can largely thank the Shah), and the Pakistani nuclear program has, unfortunately, been quite successful and safe.
But the Iranians are clearly up to no good.
Posted by: Mark Collins | 2005-09-28 2:01:18 PM
Good point about Pakistan. I didn't think about that. ...Oh,(sigh) you know what? You're right, I'm just looking for an excuse - I don't want them to have nuclear capabilities because they have expressed an unending desire to see us all dead. So I don't care what they want it for, it won't be good for us either way.
Posted by: Wonder Woman | 2005-09-28 2:16:16 PM
Like North Korea, Iran's nukes are intended to be a shield to prevent another country from invading and forcing a regime change. Not necessarily the USA either - it could be China, S. Korea or even Japan someday in the case of N. Korea; and it could be Iraq, Russia or Pakistan in the case of Iran.
As such, they are more of a weapon against their people than against others.
Given the paranoia and the ultimate insolubility of these tensions by the "preferred" solutions of diplomacy and trade sanctions, it would probably be best to leave them alone, continue to trade with them as way of improving their citizens' lives, and hope that they achieve regime change from within - with the understanding that any offensive use of nuclear weapons will lead to their extermination.
Posted by: Justzumgai | 2005-09-28 2:59:16 PM
There have been many western interventions in the internal affairs of Iran in the past. Take for example when a conspiration led by UK put out Mossadegh. We understand it was part of the cold war moves. And the Shah was brought on the throne by western powers. There was quite a bit of persecution in Iran at that time by the Shah.
And since the Shah was backed by the Americans, guess what the people in Iran felt?
Maybe this explains to a point why the Ayatollahs could get hold of power.
I think we should be very careful with Iran. If a working democracy could be implemented in Irak, maybe this could bring a shift in power in Iran and bring a reform. Before the election, things were not too bad. I would be interested in trying to get the actual regime to hold true democratic elections with external observers. Should we use economic means to do that?
A good question to be answered as accurately as possible would be: what pecentage of Iranians really support the actual regime?
I definetely would apply economic sanctions not to prevent nuclear energy but to obtain true democratic elections. And let the people living in Iran know that we want to see real elections in Iran.
Posted by: Rémi houle | 2005-09-28 5:24:33 PM
Germany's Road Map Folly
John Rosenthal's re-vamped Transatlantic Intelligencer has an excellent article by German scholar Matthias Kuntzel on the history of Germany's involvement with the "Roadmap for Peace." It's a lengthy but worthwhile refresher course on just how damaging and counter-productive European involvement in the Middle East has been. (Also note this past entry here: Matthias Kuntzel: National Socialism and Anti-Semitism in the Arab World)
A Dubious Achievement: Joschka Fischer, the Road Map, and the Gaza Pullout
...It is tempting to ridicule the Hamas Chart[er] as lunacy, just as in the past Hitler’s ravings were ridiculed. However, it is precisely such demonization of Jews as the source of all evil that transforms the murder of Israeli civilians into an act of liberation and that provides the phantasmagorical reason for Hamas’ ambition to destroy Israel. This is why an uncompromising combat against anti-Semitism in Palestine and the Arab world is a key precondition for any genuine peace in the Middle East.
But on precisely this point, German foreign policy under the direction of Joschka Fischer has not merely refused to join the battle. It has deliberately turned a blind eye, proceeding as if hating Jews were a normal feature of the Oriental world – like hookahs or mosques. Consequently, the “red-green” government has not treated the militants of Hamas and Islamic Jihad as combatants waging war on Israel. Islamist suicide terror has instead been presented as a false, though, in the final analysis, comprehensible reaction to poverty and hopelessness. “It is not the violence of the second Intifada which has caused the failure of the peace process,” the Green Party member of parliament Christian Sterzing remarked in a discussion of the Fischer proposal, “it is rather the failed political process which has caused the violence.”...
John's site is well worth having a peek through if you haven't seen it before, BTW.>>>
Posted by: maz2 | 2005-09-28 7:14:40 PM
Justzumgai: I think you are right. And, from the Iranian point of view, why should their neighbours, Russia and Pakistan have the bomb and not Iran (not to speak of India)?
Of course that means a Turkish bomb. Let us just hope the line can be held at Syria, Iraq, and Egypt.
Posted by: Mark Collins | 2005-09-28 7:15:26 PM
National Socialism and Anti-Semitism in the Arab World
Anti-Semitism based on the notion of a Jewish world conspiracy is not rooted in Islamic tradition but, rather, in European ideological models. The decisive transfer of this ideology to the Muslim world took place between 1937 and 1945 under the impact of Nazi propaganda. Important to this process were the Arabic-language service broadcast by the German shortwave transmitter in Zeesen between 1939 and 1945, and the role of Haj Amin el-Husseini, the Mufti of Jerusalem, who was the first to translate European anti-Semitism into an Islamic context. Although Islamism is an independent, anti-Semitic, antimodern mass movement, its main early promoters - the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt and the Mufti and the Qassamites in Palestine - were supported financially and ideologically by agencies of the German National Socialist government.
"Listen!" says a rabbi to a young Jew. "We have received an order from above. We need the blood of a Christian child for the unleavened bread for the Passover feast." In the following shot, a terrified youngster is seized from the neighborhood. Then the camera zooms in on the child for a close-up of his throat being cut. The blood spurts from the wound and pours into a metal basin.
The Al-Manar satellite channel that broadcast this episode is run by the Islamist Hizbollah ("Party of God"). The scene is part of a twenty-nine-part series entitled Al-Shatat ("Diaspora"), produced by Al-Manar with Syrian government backing and broadcast for the first time during Ramadan in 2003. Episode by episode, the series peddles the fantasy of the Jewish world conspiracy: Jews have brought death and destruction upon humanity, Jews unleashed both world wars, Jews discovered chemical weapons and destroyed Hiroshima and Nagasaki with nuclear bombs.>>>> more
Posted by: maz2 | 2005-09-28 7:21:54 PM
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