Saturday, August 26, 2006

Sanctions Rejected By Russia; France Warns Against Conflict

From Reuters comes this story.


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.

4 comments:

Always On Watch said...

Just how much longer can the Iranian threat be ignored?

The recent ceasefire between Israel and Lebanon has done a great deal to embolden Iran. The West is perceived as weak--and we are with all this blah, blah, blah.

BabyHair said...

Simple Simon Solution: Let's nuke the entire Middle East. The United States should have done this immediately after 09-11-01.
The other thing that the United States must do immediately and should have done immediately after 09-11-01 is deport all illegal aliens and especially those of Arab descent. That means our so-called moderate Arab friends such as Egyptians and Jordanians.

LASunsett said...

AOW,

//Just how much longer can the Iranian threat be ignored?//

For some, it would appear the answer is, indefinitely.

I do not know how people can not see the writing on the wall. There is so much information that indicates that this situation is going get tougher to deal with, the longer we let it go.

LASunsett said...

BH,

//Let's nuke the entire Middle East. The United States should have done this immediately after 09-11-01.
The other thing that the United States must do immediately and should have done immediately after 09-11-01 is deport all illegal aliens and especially those of Arab descent. That means our so-called moderate Arab friends such as Egyptians and Jordanians.//


I am not altogether sure whether you are kidding or are serious. But, these are drastic measures that will never happen.

I would not support nuking anyone at this point. I do not even support military action at this point. But in order to avoid it, something less drastic has to happen.

Asking them has not worked. Telling them hasn't either. Sanctions are the next step. Sanctions would work.

The Iranian economy is not so hot right now. There is an oligarchal structure set up and the haves are those that are in power. For the most part, these are mullahs and their families.

The amount of have-nots are growing and are restless. This is one very big reason that the Iranians are doing what they are doing; they want to divert attention from how things are going, within their borders.

Sanctions will work, because the masses may revolt and overthrow the mullahs, if it gets any worse. That measure is harsh, but killing a bunch of them is even more so..