"How did it come to pass that an opposition's measure of a president's foreign policy was all or nothing, success or "failure"? The answer is that the political absolutism now normal in Washington arrived at the moment--Nov. 7, 2000--that our politics subordinated even a war against terror to seizing the office of the presidency." - Daniel Henninger - WSJ 11/18/05
"the slovenliness of our language makes it easier for us to have foolish thoughts." - George Orwell

Monday, March 13, 2006

CNN.com - UK: Iran going in 'wrong direction' - Mar 13, 2006

CNN.com - UK: Iran going in 'wrong direction' - Mar 13, 2006: "As the U.N. Security Council prepared to begin talks on Iran's disputed nuclear program, Straw said Britain wants the body to go one step at a time, leaving the door open to restart negotiations with Tehran if it reverses course and expresses a willingness to suspend its uranium enrichment program."

There's a nice mixed message for you. "Earlier, he repeated his position that military force is not an option to solve the dispute." So no faking them out on this as we will put where we stand on the table.

According to IRNA, "Iran has repeatedly said that it is ready to accept new plans and proposals on solving its nuclear standoff, in case that they would respect Tehran's indisputable right to produce nuclear energy for civilian use." So Russia has renewed its previous offer with a "new offer for holding a meeting in Vienna by the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council, Germany and head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Mohamed ElBaradei." As I had said yesterday in a post that "Iran is counting on the international community backing down and just letting it happen. But I don't see that as how it is going to play out. They may end up losing the sites that are known." I still believe they are counting on the community backing down and Jack Straw's comments are a clear indication of that. I was just a little naive in thinking diplomats can run out of ways in streatching the inevitable out.

On a lighter note, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said that Iran possesses the means for an active foreign policy, '"We have many tools and opportunities at hand and we should know that the prerequisite to materialization of the aspirations is persistence on principles."' He continued with, '"the Islamic Republic of Iran wants justice for all; rule of justice will be impossible without human dignity while peace and calm will also be everlasting and durable if they are based on justice."' Human dignity and justice as defined by Ahmadinejad, which excludes Iran's doing all it can to feed the insurgency in Iraq. Maintaining the continued difficulties as created by the U.S. the president said, "since the demand by a few states on us to give up the right of our nation is unjust and tyrannical, we will not bow to their dictates; and we know quite well that a step backward from a nation's absolute rights will on some occasions mean losing all the assets and existence." Also, '"There will be no justice in absence of monotheism and worshipping God; and in absence of justice and dignity there will be no peace and tranquility; justice is a basis for us, though we will not impose our beliefs on anybody but will make efforts for their dissemination."'

Ahmadinejad also added specific concerns that he and Iran have regarding human rights abuses; '"we today claim violation of human rights in certain countries, including existence of secret detention cells, sectarian discriminations, injustice against people in Europe and the US, presence of torture rooms in the Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo prisons ad massacre of the people in occupied countries."' So as you can see he is working from reality at least the reality of those within our country and Europe of an alternate universe.


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