Apocalypse Now?


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The latter scenario is certainly plausible. And as for Russia’s relationship with Iran, and intentions, there are indeed many reasons for distrust. Just two recent ones are Russia’s announcement earlier this month of plans to base heavy warships in Tartus, Mediterranean port of Iran’s ally Syria; and Russia’s leading role in undercutting the Western sanctions on Iran even after it voted in favor of them in the UN Security Council.

Beyond the issue of whether the startup of Bushehr creates a security threat in itself, however, looms the larger issue of what it means for the West’s effort to stop Iran’s nuclear progress.

The Israeli Foreign Ministry asserted on Sunday that “It is totally unacceptable that a country that blatantly violates decisions of the United Nations Security Council and the International Atomic Energy Agency, and ignores its commitment to the Non-Proliferation Treaty charter, will enjoy the fruits of using nuclear energy.” The New York Times wrote that “the opening was sure to upset United States diplomats, who had encouraged Russia to delay it as a way to add to economic sanctions imposed on Iran because of its refusal to cease enrichment of uranium at its other nuclear facilities.”

Also on Sunday Iran unveiled the Karrar (striker), its first long-range, unmanned bomber. President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on state TV that “The jet, as well as being an ambassador of death for the enemies of humanity, has a main message of peace and friendship.”

He claimed an Israeli attack on Iran’s nukes was unlikely, but if it occurred, “The scope of Iran’s reaction will include the entire earth. We also tell you – the West – that all options are on the table.”

Coming one day after the Bushehr launch, Admadinejad’s words meant “We will continue what we’re doing here, and don’t anyone seriously think of stopping us.”

If anything good came out of these developments, it would be increased understanding in the West of how stark, beyond the sanctions chimera, its choices on Iran really are.

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  • jim

    Ahmadinejad, the next winner of the Nobel Peace Prize.

  • WildJew

    Both the Bush administration and more so the Obama administration have invested much political capital discouraging Israel from destroying (or attempting to destroy) Iran's nuclear sites. This could come back to bite us.

  • Gamaliel Isaac

    We better do what Russia wants or plutonium rods will mysteriously disappear from Bushehr.

  • Kim Bruce

    "what happens if Iran cuts ties with Russia in the middle of the deal and remains in possession of the fissile material?”

    The fissile material can be processed in Canada to ensure that Iran is not using it for ofensive purposes.
    The only problems are transportation of the material from as distand a state as Iran.
    Russia is much more practical.

  • SHmuelHaLevi

    Pfeeew! I am much more reassured now… No nuclear bombs will be produced using spent rods rich in plutonium. GREAT NUS!
    But I have a little question… What would happen if by mere chance two or three rods go missing and the maniacs pulverize them, load them into standard bombs and spread that over lets say, Tel Aviv or Haifa or the water supply here? I know I am just being difficult talking as we are about wholy trustable Russians and maniacal islamics.
    They will never do that… right.

  • USMCSniper

    Because they view Obama as a weak US President, Iran and Syria are planning a sneak attack on Israel and Israel knows that it cannot count on the US with Obama and the Democrats in charge,

    • Spirit_Of_1683

      Not just Obama as a weak President but they've seen the West do nothing in retaliation throughout almost 32 years of state sponsored terrorism from Iran. We had the US Embassy bombing killing 63 and the slaughter of 241 US peacekeepers, and what happened? Nothing. 31 years of US flagburning, threats against Israel and the supplying of bombs and rocketrs to Hamas and Hezbollah and again – no consequences for Iran. They've spent more than eight years supplying terrorists who have killed more than 5,000 US and another 1,000 NATO troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, and again nothing. 32 years of being too scared to bring down the hammer on Iran has made them think Osama bin Laden is right when he calls the US and the West a paper tiger, and what has the West done to convince them otherwise? Yep, nothing again. We're weak and cowardly and we and the Iranians know it. Winston Churchill would be so ashamed were he alive today.

  • PAthena

    Why does oil-rich Iran need any nuclear power plants?

  • watchful

    Answer: Nukes

  • http://norrinsblog.blogspot.com Norrin

    We sat by while North Korea made nuclear missiles, so I don't know why we won't watch Iran make one. At the end of the day, it's probably better they waste all their money building something that they'll never be able to use. Even if they had a nuclear missile, as soon as they tried to get it to the launching pad we put one on them.

  • Wesley69

    With the continued nuclear development in Iran, Israel's existence is at stake. Ahmadinejad and the radical Mullahs want to start World War III in order to bring about the return of the twelfth Imam. If they are killed in the process, they become martyrs and get those virgins. Israel can not trust its survival to Obama and the West

    If Russia completes the sale of S-300 surface to air missiles. This air defense system,
    if installed in Iran, it could rebuff an Israeli aircraft attack targeting Iran's enrichment facilities in Natanz, Qom, Tehran and other cities. This, I believe, will be the point of no return.

    Does Obama think he can trust the Iranians to act rationally? Ahmadinejad could blackmail the West by threatening the oil that flowing through the Straits of Hormuz. Then again, maybe he is hoping for this. Maybe he is hoping that both Iran and Israel will wipe out each other in a nuclear exchange. Israel, I would not put any faith in this President.

  • WilliamJamesWard

    There is no nice outcome with the players in Iran having
    genocidal intentions and gaining the capability of making
    nuclear weapons. The Russians are no bargain and are
    complicit with Iran in what they do. When the Israelis
    defeated the Egyptians in the "73 war, it shamed the
    Russian advisors who swore revenge, it may be payback
    time on the horizon. I hope for a smart act by Israel but
    believe they are waiting until after America installs a new
    Congress before making their move…………….William

  • http://myhealthbreakthrough.com/ luciousbenrys

    Why this must be a problem just getting peace to each other is the way.

  • Jacob

    I wonder what Ahmadinejad supposes the progressive Left (a.k.a. the "useful idiots") will interpret the phrase "enemies of humanity" to mean. To those of us who have IQs higher than room temperature, it's quite obvious who he is referring to.

    It will be interesting to see how the so-called "liberals" will try to explain away, rationalize, and justify this latest candid remark from the present day Hitler (who, unlike the original Hitler, does not conceal his intentions).