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According to plan
by peptide Monday, Oct 29 2007, 11:08pm
international / peace/war / opinion/analysis

Debate is raging at the moment over the prospect of the US attacking Iran -- as if there is any doubt! Of course the US will attack Iran. People forget the Bush administration is following a plan; insane though it may be the administration has not veered from it one iota. The plan was formulated by none other than the same lunatics who formulated the PNAC doctrine; a wishful, Disneyland, ‘pan-Americana’ dream, which would be just another Marvel comic book plot except for the ‘minor’ fact of an ongoing REAL holocaust in Iraq.

Rice -- holocaust indifference
Rice -- holocaust indifference

If you thought for a moment the deaths of over one million innocent civilians and four million displaced persons has twitched at the collective conscience of America and its leadership, forget it! In psychology 101 we learn that psychopaths justify all their actions no matter how grotesque or violent – it’s never OUR fault, is it? And so we anticipate probably the most horrendous fiasco of this administration to date, an attack on Iran.

Unlike unsupported Iraq, Iran has allies and is supported economically and militarily by Russia, China and a host of smaller nations that do not wish to be next or to see the ENTIRE region plunged into similar circumstances to Iraq since its ‘liberation.’

The criminal travesty perpetrated in Iraq may not be fully appreciated in the US; however, the remainder of the world suffers no illusions regarding American intentions and the means by which it fulfils its insane ambitions.

We also learn in psyche 101 that psychopaths rarely cease criminal activity of their own accord – external intervention is required.

It is clear the American people do not possess the ‘right stuff’ for the job. The task of restoring sanity to the world therefore falls to other more responsible nations. However, it is the least preferable of all the options. The irrational behaviour of the Bush regime when faced with powerful opposition is likely to trigger WWIII, but the rogue must be stopped, there is no choice.

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Russia and China have blocked tough Iran sanctions
by Mark Heinrich via rialator - Reuters Africa Wednesday, Oct 31 2007, 7:27pm

VIENNA (Reuters) - The United States said on Thursday Russia and China had been blocking tough U.N. sanctions against Iran for months and pledged a drive to impose them if Iran did not halt nuclear activity within two weeks.

Iran's president said he was "not worried at all" about broader economic sanctions, dismissing them as ineffective.

Nicholas Burns, U.S. Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs, said China and Russia had been stalling a new United Nations Security Council resolution since late March.

The five permanent powers on the U.N. Security Council plus Germany will meet in London on Friday to weigh broader sanctions. Increased sabre-rattling between Iran and Washington is stirring fears of war if diplomatic pressure fails.

Burns, in Vienna for consultations with the U.N. nuclear watchdog chief, said Iran had been given a grace period since the last U.N. resolution on March 24.

"Russia and China have been effectively blocking a third resolution since then," he told reporters. Moscow and Beijing, two of the five veto-holders on the Council and major trade partners of Iran, have insisted on more time for diplomacy.

Western powers agreed in September to delay seeking harsher sanctions after Iran agreed a deal with the watchdog International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to answer questions about past secrets of its nuclear work within several months.

The Vienna-based IAEA will issue a report in mid-November.

Burns said a clean bill of health from the IAEA alone would not spare Iran from exposure to stiffer U.N. penalties.

"Our judgment is that if Iran has not suspended in the next couple of weeks, that's not sufficient, it will remain a refusal to meet Security Council requirements. That will be a highly relevant factor for us," he said.

"Our hope is the following: first, a third sanctions resolution will be passed as soon as possible. Second, we'd very much support seeing the EU go forward with (its own) sanctions. Third, major trading partners of Iran should reduce trade to show Iran that this is not business as usual."

AHMADINEJAD DEFIANT

Iran has defied three Council resolutions, two with modest sanctions attached, since last year demanding it stop enriching uranium. Iran says it wants nuclear-generated electricity, but Western powers suspect a disguised bid to build atom bombs.

Burns said Washington had taken issue with past remarks by IAEA chief Mohamed ElBaradei suggesting sanctions would not work and that Iran had come too far in developing enrichment ability for the West to expect it would be mothballed.

But he said after a 90-minute meeting with ElBaradei, that the two agreed Security Council pressure was an integral part of efforts to change Iranian behaviour.

"We agreed that we do support going ahead with the third sanctions resolution should Iran not suspend." ElBaradei had no comment.

Tension over Iran's nuclear activities has helped catapult oil prices to record highs of over $90 a barrels in recent days.

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Thursday that Iran would respond to any hostile action against it. Iran's Revolutionary Guards commander warned the United States on Wednesday it would find itself in a "quagmire deeper than Iraq" if it attacked.

Ahmadinejad suggested fresh bilateral U.S. sanctions announced last week would mainly hurt European Union countries doing business with Iran, which has major oil and gas reserves.

"The weapon of sanctions does not work," Ahmadinejad said in a speech inaugurating a petrochemical plant on Iran's Gulf coast on Thursday. "We are not worried at all."

"The main thing they (the United States) are doing is spending from others' pockets because American companies don't have any business in Iran," Ahmadinejad said.

Additional reporting by Reza Derakhshi in Assalouyeh, Iran and Boris Groendahl in Vienna

© Reuters 2007


 
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