Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Sanctions for Iran?

Tony Blair has said that sanctions are possibly and may in fact be likely. Reuters reports:
"I think the first thing to do is to secure agreement for a reference to the Security Council, if that is indeed what the allies jointly decide, as I think seems likely," Blair told the House of Commons, adding that he was in close contact with Washington on the issue.

"We obviously don't rule out any measures at all," Blair said when asked about possible sanctions. "It's important Iran recognizes how seriously the international community treats it."
Iran's response (same story):
"If they cause any disturbance, they will ultimately regret it," he warned.

"Keeping the Third World and the Islamic world several steps behind has been the West's traditional colonial policy," he said in a speech for the Islamic holiday of Eid al-Adha broadcast live on state television.

"Even if (the Westerners) destroy our scientists, their successors would continue the job," he said. "It would not be easy for them to solve the (nuclear) case by imposing sanctions or anything like that."

Rafsanjani, who was president of Iran in the 1990s, was the moderate candidate who lost to the hard-line President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in the run-off elections last June.


Blogger zen said...

I in no way approve of the obtuse way that Iran handles this situation and the plight of their society. Yet, I do see that an aggressive action initiated by Western powers plays right into their hands and provides the excuse for Iran to respond.
And once again I feel that we cannot be responsible for the rhetoric nor the intent to establish a nuclear program of Iran, nor anyone else, but we can be responsible with our words and actions.
I tend to feel that much of what comes out of Iran is inflamatory rhetoric aimed at baiting us into a conflict. Just as Saddam did not disclose, yet he also did not have WMDs, and so the US was in the position of being the aggressor.
I don't imply that this is an easy issue to handle. In fact that it is precisely the contrary. A trumpet sounding call to arms is much to quick of a response to threats these days. And that is dangerous to everyone.

2:03 PM  
Blogger zen said...

Here's the scoop of the new playbook on Iran goes.

5:03 PM  
Blogger copy editor said...

Zen (post 1), I agree with most of what you say. Iran scares the bejeebuz out of me, but it would be the most brutal of fights.

Zen (post 2), this would be laughable with the exception that people actually buy this nonsense. Damn.

I may drink tonight.

5:10 PM  

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