Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Proof that Iran is crazier than North Korea

During the 1990's, North Korea was bribed offered a light water nuclear reactor in exchange for giving up their nuclear ambitions. North Korea took the deal, and continued with their nuclear ambitions. Fast forward to today, and the Europeans say, "hey, remember when we bribed offered North Korea a reactor and they let us save face by pretending to give up on their nuke plans? That was pretty succesful, let's try it again with Iran!"

Iran was given the chance to walk all over the West. All they had to do was pretend to give up their program and the spotlight would be taken off of them, they'd get a reactor for free, and they could quietly pursue their nuclear program again later, just like North Korea. They not only turned it down, they made fun of the offer.
Iran's president mocked a package of incentives to suspend uranium enrichment,
saying Wednesday they were like giving up gold for chocolate — defiance that
appeared certain to complicate U.S. efforts to curb Tehran's nuclear ambitions.

My how far the art of diplomacy has sunk in the West. Not only have the Europeans resorted to trying to buy off Iran, the West can't even see that there is no diplomatic solution to Iran's nuclear program. Iran is going to accomplish its nuclear ambitions come hell or high water, and they are not going to be talked out of it. The only hope to avoid military confrontation or a nuclear Iran is for some sort of internal conflict to develop in the Islamic Republic. Personally, I have no confidence that either Europe or the United States will do anything substantive to prevent Iran from becoming a nuclear power. This is one time I hope I'm wrong.

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