Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Crazy Iranian Leader Does Make A Point

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, speaking on the eve of a UN
Security Council deadline to halt unranium enrichment, called on Western nations Tuesday to stop their own enrichment programs if they wanted his country to stop its own and return to negotiations.

Ahmadinejad told a crowd of thousands in northern Iran that it was no problem for his country to stop, as long as Western nations did the same.

One of the worst kept secrets in the world is that there is a great deal of hypocrisy when it comes to weapons of mass destruction. North Korea just cut a nice deal with us because they already proved they could build nuclear weapons. Iraq, which hasn't gotten that far yet, got bombed and invaded. Notice the difference?

Vladimir Putin's point is apt. President Bush's bellicose behavior only encourages rogue states to hurry faster to get their program going. North Korea, Pakistan, India, or Israel for that matter are in no danger of being seriously invaded by anybody because they are already nuclear powers.

We have tons of nuclear weapons, we have biological weapons, and President Bush wants to resume testing of next generation of nuclear weapons at the same time we are demanding that third world nations better not dare to develop these things because they are "bad".

Assume Iran is a rational or even rational actor. What is their incentive to stop? So, we won't invade? Bush invaded Iraq on dummied up intelligence even when they stopped their program, so that isn't a great motivator. The only legitimate way that Iran can feel safe from us bombing them to kingdom come is a slew of nukes aimed at Tel Aviv. Period. It sucks for the Israelis who in this respect are pawns for the US foreign policy. But, that is reality.

Until we give genuine incentives for Iran to stop, they realistically won't because it isn't in their self interest to wait until GWB decides that the four horsemen of the apocolypse were messengers of Jesus telling him that we got to smoke out those persians before the President's personal philosopher can get funding for a sequel.