Thursday, August 24, 2006

Iran Planning "Surprise"; Rest of World Cringing

Al-Jazeera reported today that Iran is planning a surprise with regard to its nuclear program. Personally I doubt the veracity of this claim. It appears that Iran is all hat no cattle when it comes to these doomsday predictions. Frankly, I was rather disappointed that August 22 came and went without any peep out of the 12th Imam. I wanted to see what he looked like.

The only surprise they could really garner out of this would be to use a nuclear device. If they merely unveil one, I think the rest of the world at this point will just sort of blink, sigh a bit, and go about their business. No one is going to be really surprised if they have nukes...I mean, they haven't exactly been covert about their enrichment program.

One thing thats standing out to me at this point is France's apparent bluster over the insistance that Iran halt their enrichment program:

In Paris, French Foreign Minister Philippe Douste-Blazy made clear that his government was sticking by the UN demand for Iran to halt enrichment by the end of this month as a precondition to further talks.

"I want to point out again that France is available to negotiate, and to recall that, as we have always said ... a return to the negotiating table is linked to the suspension of uranium enrichment," Douste-Blazy said.

France is sticking to the line that the UNSC pushed last month. Russia and China, however, are (as always) working to undermine the stability in the world by undercutting the UNSC. It seems unlikely at this point that the security council could even get the votes to impose sanctions on Iran should they continue to enrich.

Iran's attitude is starting to frustrate some people (precisely as it is intended to) with one Jerusalem Post source saying on Tuesday that Iran "flipped the world the bird" by not responding positively to the Western incentive plan to stop uranium enrichment.

He said there was a need to understand that "when push comes to shove," Israel would have to be prepared to "slow down" the Iranian nuclear threat by itself.