Wednesday, February 09, 2005

Here We Go Again

Military glory—the attractive rainbow that rises in showers of blood.
Abraham Lincoln (1809–65), U.S. president

In today’s Washington Post, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Wednesday that Iran must live up to international obligations aimed at curbing the spread of nuclear weapons "or next steps are in the offing.

"I believe that everyone is telling the Iranians that they're going to have to live up to their international obligations, or next steps are in the offing," Rice said in response to a question on whether the Europeans have delivered the nonproliferation message strongly enough. "And I think everyone understands what next steps mean." She added that under International Atomic Energy Agency statutes, Iran "has to be referred to the U.N. Security Council" if it does not meet its obligations.

"The Iranians should take the opportunity that the Europeans are giving them," Rice said. "I think the message is there. The Iranians need to get that message. And we can certainly always remind them that there are other steps that the international community has at its disposal should they not be prepared to live up to these obligations."

3 comments:

Chandira said...

Shit. That sucks.

shadowbox said...

Picking a fight with a country that is demoralized, defeated from 20 years of war, an army that is famished and threadbare and an economy that is in shambles...that's one thing.

It is another matter entirely when dealing with a country that is politically stable, fiercely independent, endowed with money and an abundance of trained reserves...oh and nuclear weapons.

Let's see what China and Russia have to say about this latest fool's overture.

shadowbox said...

Didn't have to wait too long for a diplomatic reply (http://reuters.myway.com/article/20050210/2005-02-10T122312Z_01_HUG041646_RTRIDST_0_NEWS-IRAN-DC.html). It sums up as follows:

Iran to Condi--bring it oooooonnn!