Friday, November 27, 2009

A Post in Which I Agree With Iran

I haven't agreed with anything an official representative of Iran has said since Mahmoud Ahmadinejad told a group of well intentioned Mennonites a couple of years ago, "Hey, you infidels sure know how to make a good beef pot roast."

Now I must again agree with an Iranian official, Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast, this time having nothing to do with delicious Anabaptist cuisine; that the IAEA's latest resolution condemning Iran's nuclear program is both "theatrical" and "useless."

The UN nuclear watchdog's governing body has passed a resolution condemning Iran for developing a uranium enrichment site in secret.

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) also demanded that Iran freeze the project immediately.

The resolution, the first against Iran in nearly four years, was passed by a 25-3 margin with six abstentions.

But Iran's Foreign Ministry dismissed the resolution, calling its passage theatrical and useless.
It is theatrical and it is useless, because those delivering the condemnation will do nothing substantive about the program. Iran knows that historical rebukes mean nothing, and it knows that western civilization has effectively hunkered down philosophically into a position that accepts that there are worse things than having significant portions of the Earth living under a daily threat of nuclear annihilation (though Israel might have something to say about that.)

The west's strategy of engaging in a no-holds-barred dialog with evil, as if prodding it to change its spots will turn the leopard into a purring Persian cat, has purchased the murderous Iranian-mullah Islamist theocracy exactly what it has needed--a perceived global political legitimacy with its discouraged downtrodden masses, and an ability to pursue its nuclear quest within tolerable international political limits.

This latest rebuke will carry with it just about as much impact as the last several hundred have. Nothing.

And there you thought I could never agree with Iran. Give me a little credit.

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