Saturday, July 28, 2007

Ahmadinejad Calls Iran One of "Nine" Nuclear States

Iranian President Imajihadi (or whatever his name is) says quite a bit in this story:

He stated, "The three options are almost out of question ... Their call for suspension of our nuclear activities is not legal." Ahmadinejad said, "The West has carried out whatever measure it could and will do the same in the future but it has concluded that it cannot put Iran under pressure by imposing sanctions in an effective way as it wishes."

"The West thought sanctions would give a big shock to the Iranian nation.

"They (Western countries) issued two resolutions against the Iranian nation but as they admitted, Iranians continue their lives in peace and have no fear of sanctions."

So, okay, sanctions don't work. Check.

"Even if the number of resolutions against Iran reached 300, it cannot prevent materialization of the country's rights." He stressed, "Iran is among the world's nine nuclear states."

Okay, so, I believe that there are more than nine nations using nuclear power in general. And so, he basically just said that Iran is one of the states possessing nuclear weapons (and he apparently left out Israel, because unofficially they make the ninth already).

And finally:

"Western countries are unhappy not because of Iran's fuel production but over the issue that nuclear fuel production will make Iran have a share in management of the world."

Why would Iran's possession of nuclear fuel production intended purely for peaceful power production give Iran "a share in management of the world"? Of course, only the possession of nuclear weapons could possibly give Iran such influence.

And yet, there are people who believe that we should use diplomatic methods to contain this madman. And for those who say, "Why should America and the rest of the nuclear states have the right to nuclear weapons, but nobody else?" the answer is relatively simple. The genie can't be put back in the bottle, but that doesn't mean that every tinpot dictator who wants to blackmail his enemies should be able to control it.

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