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The Swiss and the Iranian nuclear plans
by Thanos Kalamidas
2007-11-21 09:45:10
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I have the idea that the Security Council and the EU suggested something to Iran under the threat of more sanctions for its nuclear program, Iran and the puppet president, in the beginning, refuse and when the second wave of sanctions is visual then he accepts or with an opposing suggestion he brings back the first suggestions.

I think it is less than a year and a few threats ago when the French government trying to ease everybody, including the Americans who were making plans to bomb Teheran, came up with the idea that Iran has the right to nuclear energy plants but due to the fear of nuclear weapons they should give to somebody else the work of enriching uranium - a country that would be acceptable to all sides. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s answer came straight away and it was a very round ‘no’ and if that was not enough days after, with the custody of reporters, he visited the nuclear site and showed us that Iran is just steps away from enriching uranium.

He didn’t stop there, the puppet president of the religious dictators, he moved one step further expressing the wish to share the knowledge and the discoveries with any Muslim country that was willing to do so, something that brought shivers to the Americans and they brought back the maps with the bombing sites. For the next couple of months Ahmadinejad kept pushing EU and Americans, like testing the strength of their decisions, and then when he saw that with Bush going out of the scene in a year the Europeans were ready to reopen their arms to their Atlantic family member.

This was with a good chance of an unpredictable outcome, at least at the moment a new possible president with the name Hilary Clinton (better an enemy you know and understand than an enemy you cannot understand) Mahmoud Ahmadinejad did it again. He suggested talking with the Arab nations a plan to enrich uranium outside the region in a neutral country and he gone as far to suggest …Switzerland!

If anything else you have to admit that the man or his advisors hold a certain level of intelligence. The Gulf Arab states have recently proposed setting up a consortium to provide nuclear fuel to Iran and others, that would from one side allay fears of Iran enriching uranium for a nuclear bomb and at the same time ensure the American allies of the Arab emirates that everything is under control and that they can control and stop the tap any time they wishing so - very convenient for the Americans, but not the best for Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

However, and out of the blue, the Swiss president came out last week to say that Switzerland recognizes Iran’s right to use nuclear power for civilian purposes and she went a bit further by suggesting that Switzerland could stand as a go-between for USA and Iran talks that will solve the problems and the misunderstandings. Swiss President Micheline Calmy-Rey’s motives to come with all that remain a mystery to me: perhaps she’s looking for the lost Swiss neutral and meditating past or something like that. However, she gave another way to Ahmadinejad to escape once more and dive into new long negotiations, talks and planning. She gave him the so much needed time to get his plans.

Plans that neither Ahmadinejad nor his masters have ever hidden, nuclear weapons have been their aim for a long time and they want to be the dominating power in the area and they both now know that the only way to do so is by force and what better force than the threat of a nuclear bomb. Just looking at Pakistan is easy to understand. Iran is currently under limited UN sanctions for continuing to enrich uranium in defiance of UN Security Council calls to stop. The US has imposed even tougher sanctions of its own. Sarkozy and Merkel seem to agree more and more lately with the American decisions. Western powers are concerned because, while enriched uranium is used as fuel for nuclear reactors, highly enriched uranium can also be used to make nuclear bombs.

Iran hid an enrichment programme for 18 years, that doesn’t make the Security Council feel very comfortable with whatever Ahmadinejad says and, of course all his games and tricks, don’t help much to build trust. What is left is to wait and see.

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Emanuel Paparella2007-11-20 12:57:41
And here is the paradox n. 1: Chamberlain also proposed in 1937 that Europeans wait and see what Hitler would do next. They saw soon enough. Had they not waited they might not have seen what they saw.

And here is paradox n. 2: both Pakistan and India have nuclear weapons with the blessing of the US. They are respected in the rough neighborhood, just as somebody with not much self-esteem but with a gun is in a ghetto environment. Musharraf turned into Busharraf now calls the shots with those weapons but just as with the Latin American dictators of old “he may be a son of a bitch but he is our son of bitch and can keep those weapons.”

And here is paradox n. 3: there is a new bully with a big mouth on the block in Latin America albeit without nuclear weapons but with oil and he has joined the one in the Iran with the oil threat. One is motivated by ideological fanaticism and the other by religious fanaticism but what the eck, the enemies of my enemy my friends. Those two are definitely not “our sons of bitches.”

And here is paradox n. 4: India too, the most populous democracy on earth with a billion people, is a country with nuclear weapons who has been given the green light to produce civilian nuclear energy but she too like Iran has religion as a pervasive part of its culture. This leaves the religion basher scratching his head. The solution to that Gordian knot is to remember the distinction pointed out by Dr. : one country belongs to paradigm n. 1 of state-religion nexus and the other (India) belongs to n. 4. Hence it is not religion per se that constitutes the problem but the combustible it becomes in a particular political situation. This outlined scenario would be funny, if it weren’t so sad and alarming.

Emanuel Paparella2007-11-20 13:09:51
Correction: the name of Dr. Jay Demerath (fourth line from the bottom) was left out in the above comment.

Sand2007-11-20 14:48:41
It is interesting in the above comments that religion, any religion, seems to be accepted as a given good. It doesn't require much discernment to wonder about this attitude.

Emanuel Paparella2007-11-20 16:18:18

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