Tehran responded to the incentive package proposed by the major powers by agreeing to talks and demanding the right to retain all of their weapons programs. Essentially, they rejected the incentives package completely but decided the major powers would be fool enough to sit and negotiate rather then act on threats of sanctions. Tehran has successfully bought themselves time to build a nuclear weapon. This in turn will enable Iran to better project their foreign policy beyond their own borders. Since their foreign policy consists primarily of destroying Israel and bringing about the Muslim apocalypse, their success is the worst news possible for the free world.
The picture below accompanied accompanied the first news of the package:
The caption read:
Britain's Foreign Minister Margaret Beckett, center, speaks as, from left, Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Dai Bingguo, French Foreign Minister Philippe Douste-Blazy, U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, EU Foreign Policy Chief Javier Solana, Germany's Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier and his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov listen during a press briefing after a meeting at the British Residence in Vienna, Thursday June 1, 2006. Six world powers meeting to discuss the crisis over Iran's nuclear program agreed Thursday on a 'significant' package of incentives to convince Tehran to halt uranium enrichment, Beckett said. (AP Photo/Ronald Zak)
I wrote at the time that one of the people in the picture would betray us when negotiations with Iran escalated: one of the nation's represented above would decide their short term gain would be best served by siding with Tehran against the rest of the world. Russia has decided to play that role, ruling out any support for sanctions for Iran's defiant rejection of the major powers accord.
Germany's Angela Merkel denounced Iran's response, as did Jacques Chirac. Even Kofi Annan is working to convince Iran to halt uranium enrichment. But Russia will only make token efforts, and is establishing itself as Iran's protector among the great powers.
Now that Russia has assisted Iran's nuclear ambitions, we can understand the news we read as a prelude to the day Tehran tests their first weapon. Iran's former president has aided his successors by reinforcing their cover story:
"Our nuclear program is a peaceful one completely," [former Iranian President Mohammad] Khatami claimed. "We are not trying to create an international crisis, though some countries are trying to do that."
He also repeated a vile threat oft6en heard both from Islamofascists and their appeasers in the West:
Khatami, speaking at a gathering sponsored by U.N. University in Tokyo, defended Iran's "legitimate right" to develop nuclear energy, claiming the program is completely peaceful and poses no threat.
But he warned that pressure aimed at forcing Iran to abandon the program is "creating another crisis in a region that is already ready to explode."
On Friday, he particularly singled out U.S. Mideast policy for criticism, saying it is fomenting tensions. "Many of the policies the big powers are promoting are promoting violence, although in the name (of) fighting terrorism," he said. "This is like pouring gasoline on a fire."
The argument can be summarized as: preventing evil people from expressing their evilness will cause them to do evil things.
Domestically, Iran is claiming it will soon announce a breakthrough in nuclear technology. The timing is too convenient to be a coincidence. The announcement simply furthers Iran's cover story.
What makes the crisis so difficult is that for two reasons, the Iranian people support the mullahs. First, Iran really does suffer an energy crisis, and while more oil refineries would be the most appropriate response, threats to what is allegedly an attempt to aid the population suffering the crisis will not be popular within Iran. Second, ordinary Iranians support the development of nuclear weapons as a matter of national pride. They assume that if Pakistan and India can have the bomb, they deserve the bomb as well. It is schizophrenic state of mind: we're only interested in peaceful use of nuclear power, and even in case we aren't, we deserve the bomb.
Only brute force can protect us from Iranian mullahs who enjoy their own public's support, and sanctions are the first step in applying brute force. Russia has decided the protection of the West is less important than Russia's short term interest.
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