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    In the nuclear club

    by Sunny on 12th April, 2006 at 2:53 pm    

    Iran’s announcement yesterday that it has joined the nuclear club is not coincidental, coming only days after a leak by Seymour Hersh that George Bush had put a nuclear strike on the table. Two madmen comparing penis sizes? Yes, I think so.

    Their scientists may be clever but I doubt Iran has actually achieved the breakthrough it claims. This is based on no personally-sourced intelligence whatsoever but that makes it nearly as credible as British intelligence, no? Ahmadinejad is just ’stepping up’ to Bush on the playground. But there is another view:

    Some diplomats and analysts in Tehran speculated that the fanfare surrounding the announcement may be a prelude to the regime saying it was ready to bow to UN demands that it suspend enrichment activities and re-enter negotiations. “Their goal is to claim a very big victory and achievement and say, ‘Now that we have reached our goal and public opinion has been satisfied we will go for compromise with the UN security council and US,’” said Saeed Leylaz, a political analyst.

    Where do we go from here? No one knows. I sometimes feel this is just a silly dream. How do such intensely stupid people get into positions of power?

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    1. mellow — on 12th April, 2006 at 2:59 pm  

      You see I have a problem with the whole ‘you cant have any nuclear technology’ thing. The US sit there like they have the right to control all this.

      I have an issue with nuclear technology full stop, but I dont believe anyone has the right to stop a country developing technology for peaceful purposes.

      In the end Pakistan and India went down the same route, both their announcement were co-ordinated with each other behind the scenes. They done alright, and they had weapons, not just power plants.

    2. Rezwan — on 12th April, 2006 at 5:06 pm  

      Here is a similar view from Mash.

      The United States has threatened a nuclear strike on the Islamic Republic of Iran. The Government of Iran has responded to this threat by publicly humiliating the United States. Iran has declared that it has officially joined the Nuclear Club. Though Iran does not yet have a nuclear weapon, its announcement that it is now capable of enriching uranium puts the United States, and the international community, on notice that Iran is rapidly becoming the newest nuclear power in the world.

      President Ahmadinejad of Iran has in recent days struck both a conciliatory and a belligerent tone in his public remarks. This is not a sign of an unstable personality, as many in the Administration appear to believe. It is, on the contrary, a sign that Iran is practiced in the art of diplomacy.

    3. Vikrant Singh — on 12th April, 2006 at 5:15 pm  

      Well all it will take is 6 hours for Israelis to bomb their nuclear sites.

    4. Sunny — on 12th April, 2006 at 5:19 pm  

      Israel’s foreign policy leaves much to be desired, but I doubt they would be as silly as to bomb Iran.

      I saw Mash’s article earlier today too, he makes some very salient points. There is clearly a method to Ahmadinejad’s madness. The problem is, Bush and Israel are playing right into it.

    5. leftwing warmonger — on 13th April, 2006 at 2:43 pm  

      I would be more worried if dubya hadn’t discussed a possible targeted nuclear strike on Iran. Surely many options have to discussed and discarded by Presidents?

      This is shoddy journalism rather than a madman at work.

    6. DAtley — on 17th April, 2006 at 7:38 am  

      Ahmedinejad is a stupid sort of fella…
      Now lets see iran does not have an industrial base to sustain this project long term.
      Iran doesnt have a problem w/ any of its neighbor
      thanks to US
      If the iranian view is that having bomb is needs for long term security then
      2 things are needed a decent size industrial base
      and significant knowledge worker working class.
      This is because its unlikely any one will let any one iran import any thing weapons related let alone nuclear related… So blowing ones own horn here is not what its in their interest
      This milestone is not significant enough to make a lot of noise about. sure a few grams of non weapons grade uranium is a milestone that only a centrifuge engineer would celebrate perhaps by taking a 2 hour lunch and go back to work…
      Why did the iranians make a lot of noise already about this…. Are they telling americans and others that they intend to continue operating centrifuges…..
      Well they already had,
      I suspect it has to do with internal iranian situation and he shortchanged internal benifit vs external loss

      Also Iran is not going to be where us is going next.
      It will be another middle eastern country but not iran.
      The whole point of iraqi invasion was to bitch slap
      ARABs not persians…
      It will keep the pressure up on iran which all this is about.

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