MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia on Friday rejected any talk for now of sanctions against Iran and France warned against conflict with Tehran, raising doubt whether it will face swift penalties for not halting nuclear work by an August 31 deadline.
So here we go.
Another long and contentious battle to convince someone on the Security Council to look at this thing through realistic eyes. Can anyone tell me just what useful function the UN serves, anyway?
Here we have Iran, emboldened after inciting the Hezbollah operation, thumbing their nose. Then, we have Russia not giving a rat's derriere, which has been expected. But, now we have France feeling apprehensive. How can anything get done with this kind of diplomacy? Stalling does not equal diplomacy, nor does it make much real sense when dealing with a regime, like Iran.
The US stands to get hit, Israel stands to get hit, but the rest of the real world fails to understand that they too, are at risk. We all stand a chance to lose and lose big, if Iran gets a nuke. Now is not the time to play stall tactics. Now is the time to talk to the Saudis and the other emirates, to look at stepping up production to make up for any lost oil, into the market. And then hit the Iranians with sanctions, before we allow a monster to rise.
The world can put a stop to this now, if only they would act instead of talk.
If I haven't made the case, take a look at this piece by Jason at Liberty and Culture. Jason always does a good job. But here, he does a superior job of pointing out, just how dissimilar we are, in our attitudes and reactions to the different kinds of harsh fascism, both past and present.
He says it very well here:
While the damnation of German Nazis and neo-Nazis is emphatic and swift, damnation of Islamic Nazis is tentative, hesitant, and laced with doubt.
Let there be no doubt. Let there be no wavering. Let there only be certainty, in our minds here. Because whether we see it or we don't, there still is a certainty. There still is a truth. Our refusal to see it, will not make it go away.