Thursday, August 31, 2006
Ahmadinejad made it official again today, to mark the offical Security Council deadline of August 31: Iran is not going to stop its nuclear program regardless, and Ahmadinejad essentially told the UN,`take your best shot.'
"They [the West] should know that the Iranian nation will not yield to pressure and will not accept any violation of its rights," Ahmadinejad told a large crowd in Orumiyeh in northwestern Iran. "Arrogant powers want to stop our nation's progress... I am telling them that they are wrong...Iran will not back down an inch... and will not accept being deprived of its rights."
Ahmadinejad also had a few things to say about the threat of sanctions.
".. many of our successes, including access to the nuclear fuel cycle and production of heavy water, have been achieved under sanctions. It would be better for the European countries to make decisions independently and settle the issue through negotiations."
How much plainer could he make it? Ahmadinejad and his mullah bosses know damn well that sanctions aren't going to happen, and even if they do they will be meaningless.
Russia and China have already stated that they will not support sanctions, and even some of the Western Europeans are wavering.
The French, predictably, were first to start weaseling. The French foreign minister, Philippe Douste-Blazy, said in Paris today that Iran’s response was “not satisfactory” but warned that it would be worse "to lend fire to a confrontation between Iran on one side —- the Muslim world with Iran — and the West." At least Douste-Blazy apparently realizes that this is a war between the Muslim world and the West, even if he doesn't want to actually do anything about it.
The Italians also are wavering, Italy’s Leftist Foreign Minister Massimo D’Alema said in response to Ahmadinejad's statements "If Iran is looking to use nuclear energy for peaceful purposes, it is not only legitimate, but can also clear the way for cooperation."
Here's a little clue for those who think that an Iranian nuclear program is no big deal, and that they might really just be using it for `civilian purposes' after all.The difference between a civilian nuclear program and a military nuclear program have nothing to do with different design or equipment. It simply depends on what the output's used for. Iran’s military is already in firm control of the Iranian nuclear program, the regime has already threatened to destroy a neighboring country and is involved in proxy hostilities in Lebanon and Iraq, all of which are pretty clear indicators of Iran's aggressive intentions.
And since all this is true, what we're really talking about - and what no one wants to mention - is the issue of trusting the good intentions of a nation that had a clandestine nuclear program for years and is the world’s premiere state sponsor of Islamic terrorism.
And by the way, that sponsorship of terorism is another very good reasson to make sure by whatever means that these fascists never get within spitting distance of dangerous toys like nuclear weapons.
Maybe D'Alema and his ideological soulmates feel like trusting the mullah's good intentions, but frankly, my mother didn't raise any dumb children.
So now, the diplomatic danse macabre begins all over again, with more endless rounds of debate and diplomatic lobbying...to no purpose whatsoever.
I will repeat this again and again - a confrontation with Iran is inevitable, and the longer we put it off the more costly it will be.
Posted by Freedom Fighter at 9:01 AM