Tuesday, November 18, 2003
Would you like some tactical nuclear warheads with your supersized order of reactors, sir?
From tomorrow's New York Times, this leaves me almost dumbstruck:
Europe will resist an American effort to bring the suspected Iranian development of nuclear weapons before the United Nations Security Council, hoping to lure Iran into compliance with negotiations and incentives, European officials said Tuesday.
The stand was a rebuff to Secretary of State Colin L. Powell, who met in Brussels with European foreign ministers and sought a forceful response to a United Nations report that Mr. Powell said proved Iran was defying its obligations under the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty. Later, he flew here to London to join President Bush.
The Board of Governors of the International Atomic Energy Agency is scheduled to take up a resolution this week by France, Germany and Britain that seeks to compel Iran to halt the enrichment and reprocessing of uranium and holds out the lure of future cooperation, including sharing nuclear technology for civilian use.
(Boldface by BeldarBlog.) At best this is pernicious stupidity. But it's genuinely hard to believe anyone is that stupid, and the alternative explanation is knowing wickedness.
I would very much like to see each Democratic presidential candidate asked the following yes/no question: "Do you support the notion of 'sharing nuclear technology for civilian use' with Iran?"
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(1) See-Dubya made the following comment | Nov 19, 2003 4:00:13 AM | Permalink
Actually, Beldar, under the Non-Proliferation Treaty. the current "nuclear powers" are obligated to help the "non-nuclear powers" acquire a civilian nuclear energy program. For some reason, we never seem as eager to fulfill this obligation as the non-nuclear powers are to compel it...
I suppose the idea is that we won't have countries fooling around with their own ambiguous, slipshod nuclear energy programs that might be weapons programs too. This way, the nuclear powers can monitor how everything is set up, and make certain that the peaceful technology is not used to turn out nuclear weapons.
Which worked so smashingly in North Korea.
including sharing nuclear technology for civilian use.
Well, Beldar, Iran will be running out of oil in a few millennia...one can never be too prepared for "civilian" energy requirements.
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