"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

Thursday, May 04, 2006

Dominique de Villepin - the Sage Poet speaks of Iran

According to Reuters:

Military action is not a "magic wand" that can be used to resolve the international community's standoff with Iran over its nuclear programme, French Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin said on Thursday.
de Villepin makes a good point, the French Revolution led to his government so he should know best.
"You know as I do the situation in the Middle East, in Iraq and the Near East, the idea that by waving the magic wand for a military shortcut we are going to solve the Iranian problem doesn't seem to me today to be something to talk about."

"It's a question of finding a solution that will allow us to control things on the ground, to be able to assure ourselves that there is no proliferation without crossing the military line."
I do not recall ever hearing of the "military option" being the cure all, but it is and can be an effective part of the diplomatic process. To hold out and ignore all options is to possibly miss an opportunity for resolution.

Quoting from IRNA:
There is another solution which is to let UN inspectors resume their inspection of the country's nuclear installations.
This will work because Iran's Ambassador to Finland Javad Kochoian said:
"Iran has lived up to its commitments under international treaties and has had constructive cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)

He also indicated Iran's readiness to review proposals and initiatives put forward by countries in order to remove ambiguities or misunderstandings.
Misunderstandings and ambiguities put forward by Iran every time Iranian government officials open their mouths.

We can point all day to misteps, errors or results that we don't care for in Iraq, but with the ups (not that the msm reports them) and downs are all part of taking action. The action of de Villepin's stripe is more akin and better served at the hopelessly deluded and self inflated U.N.


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