To only say Iranian nukes are unacceptable is to accept them

Bill Kristol in der Washington Post:

In March 1936, Hitler occupied the Rhineland. The French prime minister, Leon Blum, denounced the act as „unacceptable.“ But France, Britain and the rest of the world accepted it. Years later, the French political thinker Raymond Aron commented, „To say that something is unacceptable was to say that one accepted it.“

In March 2010, as Iran moved ahead with its nuclear weapons program, the American secretary of state, Hillary Clinton, speaking at the policy conference of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee last week, said no fewer than four times in one paragraph that a nuclear-armed Iran would be „unacceptable.“ It would be unacceptable simply, „unacceptable to the United States,“ „unacceptable to Israel“ and „unacceptable to the region and the international community.“ [Weiterlesen…]

‚Obama resigned to nuclear Iran‘

John Boltons Einschätzung:

“I very much worry the Obama administration is willing to accept a nuclear Iran, that’s why there’s this extraordinary pressure on Israel not to attack in Iran,” Bolton told Army Radio.

The former envoy claimed that this pressure was the focus of last week’s meetings in Washington between Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyhau and US officials, including President Barack Obama.

Bolton said that the Obama administration had embraced the view, prevalent in Europe, that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict was the key to the resolution of all other conflicts throughout the Middle East, including the Iranian conflict.

He added that the rift in US-Israel relations stemmed from a fundamental difference in the understanding of the Middle East and Israel’s role in the Middle East, and is not really about east Jerusalem at all.

Bolton said that the treatment Netanyahu received during his visit „should tell the people of Israel how difficult it’s going to be dealing with Washington for the next couple of years.“

Results Of Simulated Israeli Strike On Iran

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In the past, Israel has targeted nuclear reactors in Syria and Iraq. Some wonder what would happen if Israel attacked Iran’s nuclear program. The Saban Center for Middle East Policy created a day-long simulation of the diplomatic and military fallout. Kenneth Pollack studied the results.

Quelle: NPR

Erdogans “Argumente” gegen Sanktionen

Turkey makes case against sanctions on Iran

ANKARA (Reuters) – Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan said on Monday he did not favor imposing economic sanctions to pressure Iran into showing that it has no covert nuclear weapons program.

Erdogan discussed different approaches with visiting German Chancellor Angela Merkel to international efforts to rein in Iran’s nuclear ambitions, but made clear Turkey’s reluctance to back the use of sanctions.

„We are of the view that sanctions is not a healthy path and… that the best route is diplomacy,“ he said at a joint news conference with Merkel.

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Strikes are the most important aspect in my view“

Ein Interview mit dem ehemaligen Gewerkschaftsaktivisten Saeed Rahnema:

There is now a major economic crisis in Iran. Massive unemployment, terrible inflation (close to 30%), and at the same time, as you rightly said, there are many factories that cannot pay their employees. In terms of leadership there is political anarchy.

Auszug bei enduring america, vollständiger Text von Teheran Bureau.


Dutzende von Millionen Dollar soll der Iran es sich hat kosten lassen die schiitische Koalition INA im irakischen Wahlkmapf zu unterstützen. Nun haben die Irakis aber anders gewählt und der große Verlierer heißt Iran. Denn Iad Allawi ist vieles, aber kein Mann Teherans.

Entsprechend fällt die Reaktion aus:

Iran has not officially commented on the election results, which were reported by the state-run news agency without comment. However, a senior lawmaker charged Saturday that Washington and Saudi Arabia had exerted their influence to get their favorite candidates elected.

„That’s why the Iraqi elections have definitely been rigged,“ hard-line lawmaker Esmaeil Kowsari said.

Wahlfälschung? Die sehen anders aus. Das müssten die Iraner eigentlich wissen.

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Appeasing the Mullahs (Folge …)

Stephen F. Hayes im Weekly Standard:

After 15 months of pleading with the mullahs and entreating our allies for help, Barack Obama’s Iran policy is such a dismal failure that administration flacks are left to tout as a breakthrough Chinese participation in a phone call to discuss watered-down U.N. sanctions that few believe will work.

And Iran’s enrichment proceeds apace. […]

In private, the Obama administration has repeatedly warned Israel against a preemptive strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities. Isolating Israel in this way sends the same message publicly; it says, in effect, “You think we overreacted to a housing spat in Jerusalem? Try bombing Iran.”Obama officials are loath to talk about Israel, Iran, and the bomb in public. They offer platitudes, and they focus obsessively on diplomacy that virtually no one thinks will prevent Iran from becoming a nuclear power.

Ultimately, of course, it doesn’t matter whether China participates in a conference call about weak U.N. sanctions that will have a negligible effect on Iran’s behavior. And containment, the de facto policy on Iran today, will become the acknowledged Obama administration approach to Iran.

Which means, of course, that Iran will have the bomb.

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