IRNA LIES TO ITS PEOPLE
He (Erdogan) moreover said that Iran, with its moderate policies, plays a very crucial role in the region and the world.
So, I checked and bingo. Erdogan really said:
"For Iran to adopt a more moderate and amenable stance is important for world and regional peace. . . . Iran's nuclear program is its most natural right as long as it proceeds in a peaceful manner. But it is impossible to support (the program) when we look at the issue from a weapons of mass destruction point of view.
No, Turkey would be no more comfortable with a nuclear Iran than Russia or El Baradei who in a recent Newsweek interview called for real muscular pressure on Iran:
DICKEY: What if the Iranians are just buying time for their bomb building? ELBARADEI: That's why I said we are coming to the litmus test in the next few weeks. Diplomacy is not just talking. Diplomacy has to be backed by pressure and, in extreme cases, by force. We have rules. We have to do everything possible to uphold the rules through conviction. If not, then you impose them. Of course, this has to be the last resort, but sometimes you have to do it.
Iran has retorted that his remarks put IAEA neutrality into question but today IRNA reassures its readers that "ElBaradei says UN agency would do its best to support Iran's rights." In other words, all is well in IAEA-Iranians relations.
Forget the Iranian bravado. The Iranians are nervous and the state news agency is lying in order to try to reassure them. It is crucial that word to the contrary reach Iranians. IRNA reports about Russian experts pontificating about Western helplessness should be balanced by Western reports about Rumsfelds talk about contingency plans and Olmert's warning that Israel will not put up with a nuclear Iran.
Iranians must not be permitted to fall into the trap Egyptians did in 1967. Then the US was mired in Vietnam. Today she is mired in Iraq but that does not translate into a carte blanch for aggressors.
comments powered by Disqus
- Smithsonian launches campaign to raise $10 million for women’s history initiative
- Trump Was Not Always So Linguistically Challenged
- 75th anniversary of the World War 2 black uprising that the American public never heard about
- Longest serving governor in U.S. history to resign after confirmation as Trump's ambassador to China
- Did the First Human Ancestor Emerge in Europe, Not Africa?
- Jill Lepore: Americans Aren't Just Divided Politically, They're Divided Over History Too
- AHA joins protest of Trump’s plan for drastic cuts to the NEH
- Diane Ravitch says the Democrats paved the way for the education secretary's efforts to privatize our public schools
- Mark Moyar explains why he came to believe the Vietnam War was winnable
- How should Texas high schoolers learn history?