September 18, 2005


Iran's President Does What U.S. Diplomacy Could Not (Dafna Linzer, September 19, 2005, Washington Post)

Five weeks ago, Iran's new president bought his country some time. Facing mounting criticism after walking away from negotiations with Europe and restarting part of Iran's nuclear program, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad asked the world to withhold diplomatic pressure while he put together new proposals.

On Saturday, dozens of international diplomats, including the foreign ministers of Britain, France and Germany, gathered at the United Nations to hear how Ahmadinejad planned to stave off a crisis.

Instead his speech, followed by a confused hour-long news conference, was able to do what weeks of high-level U.S. diplomacy had not: convince skeptical allies that Iran may, in fact, use its nuclear energy program to build atomic bombs.

Why would they believe him--none of them believe any of Saddam's WMD claims anymore...

Posted by Orrin Judd at September 18, 2005 11:05 PM

Iran may, in fact, use its nuclear energy program to build atomic bombs.

Like, duh.

Did ANYONE seriously believe that Iran needed a nuclear power plant to generate electricity ?

It's just that some people and nations don't want to do anything about it, some profit from Iran building nuclear plants and bombs, and others profit from Iran having nukes...

But you'd have to be a total dunce to believe that Iran was all about building the most expensive, technically difficult, and dangerous type of power plant so that they could light up more KFC signs.

Posted by: Michael Herdegen [TypeKey Profile Page] at September 18, 2005 11:29 PM

If you have DISH, 9410(?) has some very interesting programming. Die Welt in English, saw a 10 min or so segment earlier this year as to why Iran needs nuclear reactors, growing population, you see.

Posted by: Sandy P at September 18, 2005 11:39 PM

Iran has, what, the largest natural gas reserves in the world? Like they really need nuclear power.

I wonder what Euro-peons want more -- Iran to nuke Israel or to give a nuke to a terrorist for use in the U.S.? Too bad there would likely be a trial run in a major Euro city first...

Posted by: Randall Voth at September 19, 2005 6:06 AM

Iran WILL gget nukes. We cannot stop them.

The "West" COULD, at one time have stopped them. The West has ceased to exist, as it's European wing consists of crippled, socialism-addicted cowards. Forty percent plus of the US population could say the same thing.

Thus, our stellar military non-withstanding, sixty-odd percent of the US population is not enough to fight the entire middle-east, the UN, and the BBC, the latter as powerful an enemy of the US as, say, East Germany once was.

So Iran WILL get nukes. Maybe we can control them through a variation of mutually assured destruction, I dunno. But that's all we have.

Iran'll get nukes. Hope we are ready. Hope Europe is too, 'cause I don't know who their next sugar daddy will be.

Posted by: Andrew X at September 19, 2005 8:08 AM

They'll certainly have nuclear power and need it--they needn't have nuclear weapons.

Posted by: oj at September 19, 2005 8:25 AM