Sunday, March 05, 2006

Scary quote out of Iran

Okay, we've given diplomacy every chance to work in Iran. We partnered with Europe and let them take the lead in trying to talk Iran out of their nuclear ambitions. According to the Telegraph, this is the fruit of the diplomatic efforts:
In a speech to a closed meeting of leading Islamic clerics and academics, Hassan Rowhani, who headed talks with the so-called EU3 until last year, revealed how Teheran played for time and tried to dupe the West after its secret nuclear programme was uncovered by the Iranian opposition in 2002.

He boasted that while talks were taking place in Teheran, Iran was able to complete the installation of equipment for conversion of yellowcake - a key stage in the nuclear fuel process - at its Isfahan plant but at the same time convince European diplomats that nothing was afoot.

"From the outset, the Americans kept telling the Europeans, 'The Iranians are lying and deceiving you and they have not told you everything.' The Europeans used to respond, 'We trust them'," he said.
Diplomacy is noble endeavor, but there are times when it is doomed before it even begins. That is the case with Iran. They had no plans on ever giving up their nuclear program, and the West didn't go into the talks with a big enough stick to convince Iran that doing so was in their best interests. Taking military action against Iran is a completely unpalatable option, but the only thing sweet talking them has accomplished is to buy Iran the time to tie our nooses for us.

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