Posted on 05/09/2011 by terrortrends
Every so often, when the Ayatollahs in Iran start to feel the heat from the international community about their nuclear weapons program, they begin to make noises about compromising and negotiating. These noises are always meaningless. They result in weeks and months of fruitless talks and always amount to nothing.
Last week, French President Nicholas Sarkozy proclaimed that Iran’s nuclear program could very well get it attacked.
True to form, the Iranians then trotted out a proposal–without details of course–to allow supervision of its nuclear program (at least the parts that aren’t secret). And, just as predictably, the Iranians add the caveat that they will continue enriching uranium in violation of UN resolutions.
In other words, the Iranians want us to buy into a scheme in which the UN will supervise a nuclear program that the UN has already declared illegal! In return, all the world has to do is lift sanctions on Iran!
Such a deal!
Not surprisingly, the Los Angeles Times dutifully reported the Iranian proposal as if it meant anything at all.
What this proposal is designed to actually do is to buy the Iranians more time to work on their nukes…
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Posted on 17/11/2010 by terrortrends
Relations between Iran and the West have plunged again, with France accusing Iranian security forces of physically assaulting its diplomats in Tehran.
France alleges Iranian security agents struck at least two French diplomats and arrested guests of the French ambassador after they arrived at his residence on Sunday for a concert.
The French Foreign Ministry has summoned Iran’s ambassador in Paris to condemn what it calls “unacceptable violence”.
It says similar incidents have happened at the Australian, British, Austrian and Dutch embassies, where security forces have targeted young Iranians invited to functions.
France has been a frequent critic of Iranian policies. Iran in turn has accused France and other missions of fuelling last year’s election-related protests.
In February, pro-Iranian activists threw stones at several Western embassies in Tehran.
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