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  • Houston, we have a problem with Iran

    by Sunny
    26th January, 2006 at 5:46 pm    

    While there is constant rhetoric over what to do about the “Iranian problem”, behind the scenes intense negotiations are taking place.

    Russia and China (more so) are the main obstacles to America’s hopes of referring Iran to the UN Security Council and getting it to withdraw from its nuclear energy programme. While Russia has signalled a movement towards the US point of view, China has dithered.

    Today it openly stated its opposition to sanctions, putting a spanner in the works for the US. Behind the scenes China and Iran are frantically talking, with the latter now signalling it may end up enriching its uranium in Russia.

    That means the security threat is slightly less as Russia will continue to hold the technology in enriching uranium, making it all the more difficult for Iran to develop nukes, if it desired, without outside knowledge.

    India is very much part of the equation since it needs energy from Iran (as with China) and has fairly good relations with it. The US recently agreed to share nuclear technology with India on the implicit assumption it could buy support on the Iran issue, and stated as much yesterday.

    What they did not count on was Indian pride. Today, the US ambassador was summoned to Delhi and told that his comments were “inappropriate and not conducive” to US-India relations. Hah! Meanwhile, what is Iran saying? Errr… it just wants direct flights to the US for its citizens. Look, I see a pig flying!

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    1. raz — on 26th January, 2006 at 5:54 pm  

      IIRC, Indian backed an antI-Iranian resolution earlier this year, which pissed the Iranians off. It’s going to be awkward for India to balance its desire for US nuclear tech with the US’s hostilty towards Iran.

      BTW isn’t there an Iranian-Indian-Pakistani pipeline in the works. Now THERE’s an interesting geopolitical situation :)

    2. StrangelyPsychedelique — on 26th January, 2006 at 8:21 pm  

      The Russkies are playing their own little game, after all they dont want Iran to end up being a big puller on the Caucus states they see as their own and at the same time theyd like to share the oil…

      dum dee dum..

    3. FOB — on 26th January, 2006 at 9:21 pm  

      The US ambassador has put the government of India in a difficult position with this moronic statement. Even if India was inclined to support the US on this issue, it becomes very difficult now for fear of being labelled stooges of the US.

      I am still hopeful that the nuclear deal can de done.India needs oil for sure, but to suggest that India needs to balance out the US and Iran is sheer lunacy. The US is today THE most important country for India for a host of reasons and really Iran cannot be compared at all to the US in terms of its importance to India.

      The pipeline deal is the dumbest idea ever floated.Imagine trying to lay a pipeline through the heatland of terrorism, Pakistan and more so now that Baluchistan is burning, no company can afford to insure this project.It is a non starter .

    4. leon — on 27th January, 2006 at 11:18 am  

      Looks like Murdoch (via the Times) wants us to get ready for war:,,19269-2011570,00.html

    5. Col. Mustafa — on 27th January, 2006 at 11:59 am  

      So the plan is do it in Russia. I didn’t notice Murdoch go into that in very much detail.

      We got Hamas in power and dude that thinks israel shouldn’t exist because there was no Holocaust; its shaping up well.

      I don’t get Ahmedejan; if he thinks that israel shouldn’t exist, hence the whole “inquiry” into the holocaust; then why does he feel as though he has to let the world know.
      Especially when hes trying to pledge for the right to be a nuclear power.
      Him and his constituents must feel as though theres nothing wrong with them wanting to wipe out Israel; as long as theres proof that they can; somehow.

      They’re probably sitting there thinking we can’t just attack Israel willy nilly; the U.S, europe they will all take us out.
      I know, lets prove that the Holocaust never happened, hence the jews shouldn’t be there; then we can kill them.
      Wow, your a genius, im promoting you to my military advisor.

      On the other hand youv’e got an Iranian population whose minds aren’t even focused on proving anything wrong.
      The youth of Iran, not saying everyone obviously enjoy themselves as much as they can.
      They don’t care, nor do they wish to goto war or blow up palestine.
      I think Ahmadejanjan should think about what hes doing cos its not Iraq.
      If it comes down to war with Iran the Iranian public will not act according to the typical handbook for terrorist wannabes.
      If anything, there will huge protests against the government; i hope.

    6. Sajn — on 28th January, 2006 at 6:08 pm  

      Ahmadnejad is playing to an internal audience not the international stage. Rightly or wrongly, he doesn’t appear to care what the world thinks and is trying to outmanouvre his internal enemies.

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