January 17, 2006

LIBERTARIANS MAY HATE GOVERNMENT, BUT THEY STILL CALL FOR THE FIRE TRUCKS WHEN THEY NEED THEM:

U.S. Wins Support In Iran Dispute: China, Russia Join Call to Suspend Nuclear Program (Mary Jordan and Dafna Linzer, January 17, 2006, Washington Post)

China and Russia agreed with the United States, Britain, Germany and France on Monday that Iran must completely suspend its nuclear program, the British Foreign Office said. Although the countries failed to agree on whether Iran's case should be referred to the U.N. Security Council, the Europeans applied new pressure on the Iranian government by calling for an emergency meeting of the U.N. nuclear watchdog agency on Feb. 2.

With all six nations declaring that they sought a diplomatic solution to the escalating confrontation with Iran, Russian President Vladimir Putin offered a glimmer of hope for a compromise. Putin said the Iranian government was considering a proposal from Moscow that Russia would produce enriched uranium for Iran, to ensure the material could be used only for peaceful purposes.

Iran has adamantly reserved the right to develop its nuclear program, stating that its intention is to produce peaceful nuclear energy.

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 17, 2006 2:13 PM
Comments

Who are the libertarians here? Russia or China?

Posted by: See-Dubya at January 17, 2006 2:41 PM

Libertarians? Try gangsters. Or oligarchs. Or running dogs.

Posted by: ratbert at January 17, 2006 2:54 PM

"Libertarians Reluctantly Call Fire Department" was one of the last funny Onion articles I can remember reading.

Posted by: Mike Beversluis at January 17, 2006 4:23 PM

looks like the deal is done. the cosmically funny thing here, is that iran allowed itself to become a piece on the international chess board. and now they have been sacrificed by their would be protectors. bet those mullahs are feeling a little naked and nervous. even kim il jong won't take their calls.

Posted by: toe at January 17, 2006 5:54 PM

I guess the checks to Russia and China must have cleared.

"Pleasure doing business with you! Don't hesitate to call - or have your successor call - after the Yanks attack. We sell a wide range of clean up equipment that will help you get those soon-to-be-scrap-iron tanks out of the way in no time!"

Posted by: Mikey at January 18, 2006 7:59 AM

Why wouldn't I call them? My taxes f---in' pay for them. You've got to limit yourself to eating the non-toxic finger paints.

BTW, what's the big deal about everybody ganging together to talk sternly to Iran? Has that ever worked in the entire history of dealing with dictators?

Posted by: Tom at January 20, 2006 4:10 PM

It always works on authoritarians--never on totalitarians.

Posted by: oj at January 20, 2006 4:20 PM
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