Sunday, March 05, 2006

When Are We Going to Stop the Iranian Masquerade?

At a press conference in Tehran today, Ali Larijani, Iran's top nuclear negotiator, reiterated that his country won't renounce its right to enrich uranium and might reduce its oil exports in response to UN sanctions.

Once again, Iran uses the oil blackmail to influence our policies and it can easily do so, as it has the world's second largest natural gas reserves (after Russia) and the third largest oil reserves in the world. How ironic is it that a country that pretends to be desperately in need of (nuclear) energy is using the very fact that it hold so much (oil) energy to force us to agree. Is that not the biggest masquerade, or farce, of all time?

Iran does not need nuclear energy, but needs a nuclear bomb. And until we recognize this fact and confront Iran accordingly, we will expose ourselves to great dangers. Speaking of which, letting the Russians negotiate on our behalf may prove to be a highly dangerous move, as Russians are too biased toward Iran to be trusted.

This farce would be almost funny if we were not dealing with the most dangerous Islamo-fascist country in the world and with a weapon that can destroy the planet in a matter of minutes.

Some would say that even if Iran gets nuclear weapons, that would not be a threat to Europe and to the US, but just to Israel. But that would be as stupid as saying in the 30s that Hitler would only be a threat to Austria… We are dealing with a country led by fascists driven by the desire to impose Islamic law on the world, and strategically placed in the middle of a region that holds the largest reserves of oil. Do we want Iran to have nuclear bombs? If not, it would be about time to stop this masquerade…

9 Comments:

At Sun Mar 05, 01:13:00 PM PST, Blogger NYkrinDC said...

I just came accross your site. I recently wrote about Iran and the internal infighting going on between the establishment figures and Ahmedinejad's new guard. I would note here, that Ahmedinejad does not possess the power to do anything more than talk at this point in time. Ayatollah Khameini is in control, and has sided with the establishment against Ahmedinejad. Our failed policy on containing Iran, has failed and we need a new way. Ahmedinejad has about as much power as Khatami did before him, what's more, Rafsanjani, whom he defeated in the election, was appointed by Ayatollah Khameini as his supervisor of sorts, so that nothing can be done without Rafsanjani's approval. As such, Ahmedinejad is doing what any politician would do under the circumstances, he is pushing the envelope to solidify his core supporters and forcing the establishment to challenge him. Our policies only help him, not us to draw Iran from the isolation he wants to drive it to. Please see here for a full version of my argument. Also see here and here.

 
At Sun Mar 05, 01:20:00 PM PST, Blogger Alexandra said...

Filou,

Check out Powerline's post today on Iran here which will lead you to a link with an interesting discovery I made on my blog on Tuesday.

All the best
A

 
At Sun Mar 05, 01:51:00 PM PST, Blogger GrenfellHunt said...

Agreed. But what policy do you suggest to deal with Iran? It's interesting to me that Michael Ledeen, whom I would regard as 100% purebred hawk, does suggest military action. But what does that leave?

 
At Sun Mar 05, 02:10:00 PM PST, Blogger Filou said...

Alexandra,
Great post. The negotiation with Iran is just a long story of deception. Your post reminded me of another recent dicovery: Last January, satellite imagery revealed that Iran has secretly extended a key uranium enrichment plant while negotiating in ‘good faith’ and pretending to be respecting a 16-month pause in research and development at the site...

 
At Sun Mar 05, 02:19:00 PM PST, Blogger GrenfellHunt said...

Oops: I should have written that Ledeen does NOT suggest military action.

 
At Sun Mar 05, 02:24:00 PM PST, Blogger Filou said...

grenfeelhunt,

What policy do I suggest to deal with Iran? As we all know, that’s a very tough question, to which I hope I would have an answer. In the short term, my guts tell me that we should:
- Stop pretending that we are not sure that Iran wants a nuclear bomb
- Force Russia to stop selling advanced weapons to Iran
- Convince Arab Gulf states that it’s in their best interest to not let Iran acquire a bomb
- Find the weak link in Iran nuclear system (scientists, software, etc.) and destroy it ASAP
- Massively finance and actively promote a regime change in Iran

By the way, I would leave the military option aside for now, but put it on the table as a credible alternative.

What do you think?

 
At Sun Mar 05, 02:31:00 PM PST, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What policy?

Depends on how much time we do have before they announce their first nuke test!! Right?

 
At Sun Mar 05, 07:59:00 PM PST, Blogger The Jewish Freak said...

I hope that no one in this country thinks that any of our "friends" in the UN will lift a finger to stop this threat. They are comfortable because they know that when push comes to shove, the US will do the dirty work and bear the cost in money and lives. Then they will be free as usual to criticize us for doing so.

 
At Tue Mar 07, 02:39:00 PM PST, Blogger NYkrinDC said...

I would also advise that you guys read this article from Thomas Barnett. It gives a good argument for why and how we can coopt Iran. And this one from his book, Blueprint for Action. The second is a more indepth argument for why we need to do this, and why fighting Iran or continuing our policy of isolation is a bad idea.

 

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