Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Mushroon clouds a'bloomin'

This from CSM.

Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad boasts that world powers are getting weak knees about stopping his country's nuclear program.
Is the fiery leader right?

Unfortunately, probably so.

The United Nations Security Council is considering a watered-down resolution of sanctions aimed at punishing Iran for pursuing its uranium- enrichment program - a process that could lead to development of a nuclear weapon. But with the United States seemingly occupied with Iraq, and with Russia and China still balking at any action that would suggest "humiliation" of a valued trade partner, doubts are rising over how much the Europe-sponsored resolution will be worth.

Resolutions don't mean a goddamn thing and Iraq proved that. They're nothing but a symbolic and dismissive gesture of disapproval that inevitably results in a larger problem further down the road.

On a side note, Russia and China aren't trustworthy anyway. Russia is led by a criminal and China smiles at us through dragon teeth.

Noting that Saudi Arabia and other Gulf countries announced over the weekend their interest in developing a cooperative nuclear-energy program, former Middle East negotiator Dennis Ross said, "Who is that message for? Let me tell you, it's not for Iran. It was for us."
Ambassador Ross, now at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, also said at an event Tuesday that the Saudis are telling the US, "Stop them - or that [nuclear power] is the way we go, too."

That's a comforting thought. The most backwards cultures in the world (yes I said it) arming themselves with the most destructive weapons humanity has ever devised. I'm starting to get heartburn over here.

Others note that while the US goes along with diplomatic efforts to curtail Iran's nuclear progress, President Bush continues to insist that "no options are off the table" in terms of guaranteeing that Iran never develops the bomb. They speculate that if Iran continues its nuclear march, the US could take military action to at least seriously damage its program before the end of Mr. Bush's term, claiming it had favored diplomatic action until the risk dictated another course.

I don't much care for Bush, but I have to admit I find such strong words comforting. Let's hope he lives up to it. No doubt the U.N. will stand on the sidelines and wag their reproachful fingers at us. The U.N. is the most utterly useless and destructive bureaucratic body in existence today. Period. Their negligence borders on the criminal.



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