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Wednesday, April 11, 2007

We have NO Reason to Fear Iran or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

I don’t quite understand what has gotten under Tony Blankley’s craw. At Real Clear Politics today he takes issue with the continuation of the Iranian “peaceful nuclear” program.

Railing at the media for not covering the news of Mondays “Iranian Nuclear Festival,” which is disingenuous when one considers that according to IRNA – “some 600 domestic and foreign reporters,” including mind you the BBC, CNN and Al-Alam; were present filming the festivities LIVE.

Blankley, pisses and moans about Iran, when the problem is really just that of a mathematical algorithm (has nothing to do w/a former VP of the US on a dance floor*). Mr. Blankley carelessly throws out numbers:

Last year Iran revealed having 164 centrifuges

Prior to Monday it was believed they had only 328 centrifuges

Unknown quantity represented as X

Monday Iran boasted at having = 3,000 centrifuges

Obviously someone not only got up on the wrong side of bed, but screwed up what ‘X’ truly was. I agree with Tony Blankley as I, like he dislike math as well with an intensity that rivals my dislike of that Mark Steyn guys mathematical improbabilities that he endlessly drones on about with regard to the “demography, birthrate of Muslims and Muslim countries” or some such.

Blankley takes issue with a comment made by Irans Secretary of Supreme National Security Council (SNSC), Ali Larijani on Monday:

‘"If they [world powers] continue to pressure Iran over its peaceful nuclear activities we have no other choice but to follow parliament's order and review our membership of the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty."’

Clear, concise, diplomatic and to the point as far as I see AND we wouldn’t want them dropping out of the treaty, now would we. Disturbing?” Yes, as how would we negotiate or discuss issues with Iran in good faith if they were no longer a part of it?

I find Blankley’s article as one of bad timing, while just recently the President of the Islamic Republic just made a “peaceful” gesture with the “gift” to Britain of the “15 victims of a misunderstanding.” Details of which can be found here at “A Gift from the Democratically Elected President of an Islamic Republic.”

His remarks also come at a truly poor time when it is revealed by Kathryn Jean Lopez at NRO regarding:

“a German case in which a Muslim, Moroccan-born 26-year-old mother of two was petitioning for an expedited divorce from a man who had beaten her and threatened her life, Judge Christa Datz-Winter denied the woman’s request, a woman who already had a restraining order on her husband after police were called last May because he attacked her.”

The judge’s denial of divorce (as who wants more divorce, right?), was based upon The Koran:

“The Koran instructs that “men are in charge of women.” She explained further that the couple hails from a “Moroccan cultural environment in which it is not uncommon for a man to exert a right of corporal punishment over his wife.”

Timing! Blankley’s remarks made just as a German judge reaches out in a multi-culturally appropriate way and time. We need to work together people….not apart. If one wants to remark on the mixed message supposedly given to Syria by the Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi’s trip there you may want to think twice and consider Mr. Blankley’s timing as well.

Further evidence of his being on the wrong side of history is the news of Iran April 9th reelection as a “vice chairman of the U.N. Disarmament Commission.” Why, if an august body such as the U.N. finds it possible to acknowledge Iran’s “rehabilitation” within five days of the “gift,” can Blankley not?

Also of note to be considered is the fact revolving around the new and improved “U.N. Human Rights Council,” which Blankley chooses to ignore, is the announcement of Ambassador Luis Alfonso de Alba (Mexico) President of the “Human Rights Council”:

“I would like to make the following statement adopted by the Council. One,…the Human Rights Council has in closed meetings examined the human rights situation in…the Islamic Republic of Iran…Two, the Human Rights Council has decided to discontinue the consideration of the human rights situation in the Islamic Republic of Iran…Three,…members of the Human Rights Council should make no reference in the public debate to the confidential decisions and material concerning [the Islamic Republic of Iran]…”

This is one of those times (happens multiple times daily with the Right), when a page should be taken from the play book of the Left, regarding cool headed, rational and logical diplomacy as it truly appears to work.

Chalk one up for the Democrats because they see it as it REALLY is.

“The only thing we have to fear is fear itself” – QUIT FEAR MONGERING TONY BLANKLEY!!!!

*thanks kindly go to Bill Bennetts Morning in America for this little ditty

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