Iran’s Defiance – by Stephen Brown


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The decade-long attempt to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons may have entered the final round on Sunday when Iran announced to the world it intended to build ten new uranium enrichment sites.

“This is really a statement of defiance,” a former senior Israeli atomic official told The Wall Street Journal, “telling the world we are going to go ahead with our nuclear program.”

The Iranian government’s statement came only two days after the world’s major powers condemned Iran’s nuclear program, which, despite Iranian denials, is believed to be producing nuclear weapons. China and Russia joined the United States, France, Britain and Germany to support an International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) resolution ordering Iran to stop construction on the uranium enrichment plant near Qom, a secret facility whose existence President Obama revealed last September.

Due to the international criticism, Iranians are now threatening to pull out of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and reduce cooperation with the IAEA, the U.N.’s nuclear watchdog. North Korea is the only other country ever to have pulled out of the treaty.

According to news reports, the Iranian decision to thumb their nose at the U.N. and world opinion and construct new nuclear fuel refinement facilities was made Sunday evening at a cabinet meeting chaired by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinijad. The Iranians will start work on five of the new sites within two months and at an unspecified future time on the remaining five.

It is believed the reason for the extra facilities is to allow Iran to build more nuclear bombs. One military analyst says U.N. weapons inspectors and the U.S. Department of Defense are of the opinion Iran currently has enough enriched fuel for one nuclear weapon. Iran would like to have several more in order to present itself as a “credible threat.”

The Iranian announcement signals a defeat for President Obama’s ‘soft’ approach towards the Islamic Republic’s leadership. In an interview with Dubai-based Al-Arabiya satellite television network last January, Obama said Iran’s leaders would find the extended hand of diplomacy if they “unclenched” their fists.

“As I said in my inauguration speech, if countries like Iran are willing to unclench their fist, they will find an extended hand from us,” Obama said.

But as early as March there were already signs that Iran was in no mood to unclench and drop the rock it was holding in the form of its nuclear weapons program. That month, President Obama released a video, wishing the Iranians a happy New Year, which, in Iran, falls on the first day of spring. In return for his friendly overture, the American president received from the Iranian government nothing but a demand for apologies for America’s past transgressions, real or imagined, against Iran.

Sunday’s statement simply proves what most have suspected all along: One cannot talk to the Iranian leaders and that they are simply stringing out negotiations to complete their nuclear arms program. And the fact the Iranians still celebrate the 1979 American embassy seizure every November, a flagrant and criminal breach of international law, shows they do not want to talk to the United States in particular and are still willing to flout international norms.

Essentially, Iran’s leaders are religious fanatics who believe they have been chosen by God to establish a Shiite hegemony over the majority Sunni Islamic world and then, hopefully, over the whole planet. Of the world’s one billion Muslims, about 220 million are minority Shiites, of whom the largest number, about 62 million, live in Iran. Pakistan contains the next largest community of Shiites at 33 million, while India is third with 30 million and Iraq fourth with 18 million.

Iran’s mullah regime sees possessing nuclear weapons as instrumental to its plans for world domination. Nuclear arms would also add significant muscle to Iran’s security in a part of the world where any sign of weakness or vulnerability could be dangerous. Iranians have not forgotten how Iraq took advantage of Iran’s revolutionary turmoil to launch a devastating eight-year war against it in 1980. And like Russia with its former Eastern European satellites, Iran would also use nuclear weapons to intimidate weaker neighbors.

The Asia Times columnist, Spengler (a literary pseudonym), gives another reason why Iran is not afraid to seek confrontation over its nuclear weapons program. Iranian demographics have sunk to West German levels of about 1.6 children per woman, which would make waging a war in 20 years impossible. Iran currently has enough young men to embark on a military adventure, whether internally for nuclear weapons acquisition or externally against the Sunni world, while in twenty years it won’t.

Iran’s heavily-subsidized economy is also imploding. Like Argentina with its 1982 Falkland Islands’ invasion and Germany in 1939, economically it is now or never for Iran to make a grab for the ring. In a year’s time it may be too late, especially if oil prices drop dramatically again. Besides, again like Argentina, a military adventure would probably cause those Iranian people actively opposed to the regime to put aside their economic and political grievances and rally around the country’s leadership in nationalistic pride.

But if Iran wants a fight, it will most likely get one. The Islamic regime’s Holocaust-denying leadership has openly stated it wants to erase Israel from the map. Facing such a naked threat to their country’s existence, one military publication states the Israelis are now openly discussing using a missile attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities. While Israel’s Jericho missiles can carry nuclear warheads, they also can be equipped with a conventional warhead. An attack by Israeli warplanes is also a possibility.

The Israelis already have American backing for such a strike if negotiations fail, as they appear to have. American Vice-President Joe Biden said in an ABC interview last July America would not prevent an Israeli strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities. And since the only other option would be a nuclear-armed Iran, the Israelis will now likely ensure this last round ends in a knockout.

  • nomoredespots

    The Iran regime is desperate to jack up the price of oil. Some silly sod thinks maybe catching a British racing yacht would do it.

  • Robert Bernier

    Ahmadinejad and nuclear power.
    To understand why Ahmadinejad has chosen his dangerous path, one must understand his origins. In his youth, the Iranian president was a member of the basij, a radical paramilitary movement built by Khomeini at the onset of the Revolution. Literally translated as “Mobilized Resistance Force,” the basij became a zealous arm of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) where devotion and sacrifice were the basis of “human wave” surges during the Iran-Iraq War (1980-1988), leading to hundreds of thousands of senseless deaths. Khomeini taught that survival of the fighters was irrelevant; they were participating in a battle for Allah, which was to provide ultimate fulfillment and gratification. Thus, when Ahmadinejad entered public life, first as the mayor of Tehran and then as head of state, he injected basiji irrationality into politics. In the name of revolution, Ahmadinejad seeks to achieve Iranian grandeur via nuclearization, and to fearlessly spread anti-Semitism and Holocaust denial, even if leads to war as explained at : http://israelagainstterror.blogspot.com/2008/01

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  • tlwinslow

    The game, set and match is keeping Sharia countries from getting nukes. Too bad, America-hating Iran can't be stopped by diplomacy. They clearly want to play Shakhmat and get even with Alexander the Great by destroying the West and becoming a if not the world power. They know the U.S. will not stop them, else it already would have, so it's their move and they think they have a checkmate a few moves ahead.

    So that leaves Israel.

    Why should an Israeli attack succeed in knocking out all their nuclear facilities when they are so hard to get at in mountain fastnesses? Doesn't it take boots on the ground, as only the U.S. can supply? Is that the reason Obama is sending new troops in Afghanistan, to get Iran in a sandwich with his troops in Afghanistan? And what about Pakistan's nukes, and the chance of bin Laden getting his hands on them? Wouldn't the whole war require invasion of Pakistan and Iran along with Iraq and Afghanistan in order to capture and secure all nukes, and set up American-style democracies before pulling out? But whose side will Russia and China be on, and will Europe help us or sit it out? And will this require a military draft in the U.S., multiple millions of troops and a full scale war economy? Is this the true reason Obama has Zionists like Rahm Ehmanuel close to his vest? But will the rest of the Muslim world stand by and watch from the sidelines, or break ranks, starting with Turkey? When will the conflict escalate into 1+ billion Muslims vs. the U.S. and a handful of other countries? Maybe it used to be about oil, but now it's about nukes?

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  • wss25

    Warmonger propaganda. Bush is gone, but nothing has changed.

  • Steven L

    Iran has been building many other sites for uranium production. It is a matter of time until they are discovered. The claim that they will start to build five more sites within 2 months is powder to the eyes. Probably several sites are far advanced in their construction.

  • estherhaman

    NO, NO. NO; this is another propaganda attempt to spread poison and disregard the facts. This is a misinformation. Iran has complied with the NPT and is a signatory of it. Iran has complied with all the IAEA requirements and even now her LEU is under the control of the IAEA, NO SMOKING GUN. Iran went to the negotiation that Our President and the 5+1 wanted them to attend, although DID NOT HAVE TO ATTEND. Then what happened?! They negotiated. So Iran wants to swap her LEU with the pre-manufactured rods inside her boarders! So, what is wrong with that? That is still unclear! The 5+1 didn't want that to happen and gave no reasons as why? So this was a “TAKE IT OR LEAVE IT” deal and not a negotiation! Obviously the Zionists were caught by surprise and had to stop this as well.

    Any nation that is a signatory to NPT has the right to nuclear power and Iran is one. Why 5+1 is using these delay tactics and trying to wrap Iran's nuclear program with the Zionists progress toward the two nation peace treaty, is because of the warning that Mr. Yahoo gave to our President B. Obama ans set condiotion that “..Iran should be bombed if there is going to be any negotiation between them and the Palestinians..” It was not Iran who broke off the deal, it was the 5+1 under the pressure from the Zionists.

  • brenanc

    It's simple really. The Obama Administration sees Iran as a means to complete the goals of the Heydrich's Wansee Conference–implementation of the final solution. Then, the Palestinians can “reclaim” their sacred (albeit irradiated) “Homeland.”

    It's genius!

  • USMCSniper

    Iran should be annihilated back to the stone age. But this will never happen because of fear. There have been six Presidents of the United States and their minions have lacked the fortitude to stand up to Iran and their proxy terrorists, the international schoolyard bully with its terrorist assassins, plastic explosives, and legions of Muslim fanatics, and forcefully to make it known to the theofascists that they are not going to take away America's lunch .

    These six men and their enablers have forgotten whatever lesson they should have learned in the schoolyard but obviously didn't : that one must leave a bully with his nose bleeding and broken and his shirt covered with blood, and that fear-driven appeasement will bring only more bullying and eventual subservience.

    In light of our leaders’ three-decade appeasement of the mad murderous mullahs of the Iranian fascist theocracy, and their continuing murder of Americans and to committment to the annihilation of Israel and western culture it is high time we killed 'em all, put 'em all in piles, and burned 'em, and let Allah sort 'em out!

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  • garybo

    A lot more dead Muslims, coming soon!

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    Ahmadjihad is on record as saying he is the one to bring about the rise of the12th Iman. This last prince will only rise from his well when the world is in complete disarray and it is his role to bring this about, he arranged a $30 million beautification of this well, he wants to build a bomb to nuke Israel, in his mind, job done.

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    According to news reports, the Iranian decision to thumb their nose at the U.N. and world opinion and construct new nuclear fuel refinement facilities was made Sunday evening at a cabinet meeting chaired by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinijad. The Iranians will start work on five of the new sites within two months and at an unspecified future time on the remaining five.