December 23, 2003


Gadhafi: North Korea and Iran Should Follow My Lead (Chosun Ilbo, 12/23/03)

In an interview with CNN on Monday, Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, who recently announced that he would end his weapons of mass destruction (WMD) programs, advised North Korea, Iran, and Syria to give up their WMD programs as well. Gadhafi said that by following in his footsteps, those nations can escape from their current difficulties.

Posted by Orrin Judd at December 23, 2003 2:26 PM

Given where some of the key al Qaida terrorists reportedly are hiding right now, if the terror group somehow does stage a successful attack against the U.S. over the holidays, Iran may have their "current difficulties" solved for them within a matter of months.

Posted by: John at December 23, 2003 3:37 PM

I don't know why the Mullahs don't understand that either. Something big happens in any NATO country and they are done (Maybe). Hmmm...

NATO going after Iran would be quite painful to watch as well as needlessly costly. After months of dithering, whining, and moaning for the Mullahs to turn over AQ hanchos, most NATO members would want to turn it into Balkan Blast II. A few members wouldn't even want to go that far, they would just want to try targeting AQ in Iran (Goodluck). And if they hit a non NATO member country (Vatican City) the Mullahs and AQ will probably get away scot-free.

Such an attack would also mean full mobilization for the U.S. and U.K. so it would be more than a matter of months.

Posted by: Vea Victis at December 23, 2003 4:59 PM

Iran is much dicier than Iraq, but the mullahs have to know that Putin won't save them. Bushehr will be a smoking hole no matter what Russia does.

The only unknown (and it may not be unknown when the time comes) is whether the population will follow the mullahs or drive them out before the hammer falls.

I wonder if Qaddafi's interview was broadcast in Iran.

Posted by: jim hamlen at December 23, 2003 5:36 PM

Boy, this guy is turning surrender into an art form.

Posted by: Peter B at December 23, 2003 7:15 PM

No, Qaddafi does not do things by halves.

(That is, if one considers allowing "spot checks" on "all of" Libya's WMD facilities to be "surrender"....)

Posted by: Barry Meislin at December 24, 2003 3:36 AM