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Friday, February 03, 2006

Not at the point of no return

Just in case you weren't clear about how to "deal" with Iran:

"The unimaginable but ultimately inescapable truth is that we are going to have to get ready for war with Iran. Being of a free-speaking, free-thinking disposition, we generally find in the West that hand-wringing, finger-pointing and second-guessing come more easily to us than cold, strategic thinking. Confronted with nightmarish perils we instinctively choose to seize the opportunity to blame each other, cursing our domestic opponents for the situation they’ve put us in.

"If Iran gets safely and unmolested to nuclear status, it will be a threshold moment in the history of the world, up there with the Bolshevik Revolution and the coming of Hitler."

Gerard Baker, writing in the UK Times, seems to believe in the most extreme of hyperbole. The current situation - not a "crisis", according to IAEA head Mohamed ElBaradei - requires delicate diplomacy, not military threats.

2 Comments:

Blogger Wombat said...

This makes me sick.

What a moron this Gerard Baker is.

Anyone notice how he makes the absurd assumption that Iran is busy building nukes without a shred of evidence? Does he source the expert of opinion of nuclear scientists? No. Just propaganda drawn from the

This week, John Negroponte himself stated that it was highly unlikely that Iran had nukes and a Russian nuclear scientist said Iran was in no position to manufacture them.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060202/ap_on_go_co/intelligence_congress_5

This guy is a shill and war monger of the worst kind. He's trying to whip his readers into a frenzy of fear by exploiting their ignorance.

Looks like Murdoch has given his people their marching orders.

Friday, February 03, 2006 9:46:00 am  
Blogger Edward Mariyani-Squire said...

"Being of a free-speaking, free-thinking disposition, we generally find in the West that hand-wringing, finger-pointing and second-guessing come more easily to us than cold, strategic thinking."

What?! Doesn't the "hand-wringing, finger-pointing and second-guessing" come AFTER the "cold, strategic thinking" of illegitimately blasting the life out of a country?

Friday, February 03, 2006 2:56:00 pm  

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