Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Iran: UK Troops for a Nuclear Pass?

I have consciously avoided this. I don't know why...I guess the thought of what could be happening to those British troops right now is too upsetting. That and the world warned that the new Iranian President had a history of hostage taking...

And now it looks like they've fabricated a reason to draw the United Kingdom into a confrontation...

During out last go with Iran's hostage taking, Jimmy Carter went the pacifist route. He basically imposed sanctions and attempted a "diplomatic" resolution. We all know how well that turned out.

And now Russia is showing weakness (seemingly the worst thing to do when facing a brutal nation like Iran...)

"...The new sanctions imposed on Iran by the UN Security Council over Tehran’s nuclear programme are “reversible”, Russia’s deputy foreign minister said Monday.

The sanctions passed by the United Nations Security Council on Saturday “are another signal to the Iranian government and we would hope that they would understand it correctly,” the Itar-Tass news agency quoted Sergei Kisliak as saying. “All sanctions are reversible and it is still possible to resolve the Iranian question through political means,” the deputy minister added..." (source)

The last time Iran illegally held hostages we gave in, we gave them money, conceded “not to intervene in their affairs” and offered them immunity. The appeasement of the Algiers Accords set an awful precedent the Iranian government seems more than willing to try again. UK Troops traded for a pass on nuclear weapons? Let's hope the powers that be won’t make that deal...

"Press reports here have speculated that the naval personnel could be used as bargaining chips in the mounting war of words between Tehran and the West or traded for Iranians captured in Iraq earlier this year, but the Foreign Office would not give out further information on the nature of discussions between the two countries other than to confirm details of Beckett’s discussion with her Iranian counterpart on Sunday night." (source)

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