So the long awaited day arrives for Iran to deliver its "mulitfaceted response" to enticements to end its nuclear weapons programs...and we are still alive, and alas, nothing has changed:
Iranian officials offered no details of the response, but it appeared geared at enticing those countries into further negotiations by offering a broad set of proposals vague enough to hold out hope of progress in resolving the standoff.
Well, at least the AP is being honest, albiet unintentionally, I'm sure. Meanwhile we can produce at least one person who is disappointed that Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was unable to unleash the apocalypse:
Annan Rejects Sanctions, Offers Talks with 12th Imam
(2006-08-22) — As Iran’s president prepared today to reject international efforts to halt his nation’s uranium enrichment program, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan rejected calls for sanctions against the Islamic Republic and offered direct negotiations with the long-awaited 12th Imam.
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has spoken of the prophesied 12th or ‘Hidden’ Imam, who is to usher in the end of the world. Many believe he would return on August 22, the alleged anniversary of the night flight of the prophet Muhammad on the winged horse Buraq, first to Jerusalem, then to heaven and back (Koran XVII.1).
Mr. Annan said he believes that “direct negotiations with the Hidden Imam can defuse all of this talk of the end of the world, which I’m confident is nothing more than a bargaining chip.”
Indeed, Kofi, indeed....and now let's put our fears of an new Holocaust to bed (until next month) with this witty tale:
So one day, a UN envoy meets up with Israeli leadership in Jerusalem:
UN Secretary General Kofi Annan views the Israel Defense Forces’ commando operation near Baalbek over the weekend as a violation of the cease-fire agreement, UN envoy Terje Roed-Larsen told Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni during their meeting in Jerusalem Monday.
“If you discovered arms smuggling, you could have complained through diplomatic channels,” Larsen told Livni.
“We will consider that route as well,” Livni replied with a smile