First, a left from Iran:
An Iranian plant that produces heavy water officially went into operation on Saturday, despite U.N. demands that Tehran stop the activity because it can be used to develop a nuclear bomb.
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad inaugurated the plant....
The announcement comes days before Thursday's U.N. deadline for Iran to stop uranium enrichment - which also can be used to create nuclear weapons - or face economic and political sanctions. Tehran has called the U.N. Security Council resolution "illegal" and said it won't stop enrichment as a precondition to negotiations...
Is there anyone not clear on exactly what Iran is intending to do here? Nuclear-armed Mullahs, here we come! What a comforting thought!
And here's the right, a low blow from our "multilateral allies", whom I guess were pretending to work with us while in actuality were simply cock-blocking us from doing anything to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear arsenal:
The Thursday deadline set by world leaders for Iran to halt its nuclear program suffered a major blow yesterday when Russia rejected the idea of sanctions against the rogue nation.
"Russia stands for further political and diplomatic efforts to settle the issue," Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov said.
France also called for caution, saying a confrontation with Iran must be avoided.
"That would be the clash of civilizations that France today is practically alone in trying to avoid," Foreign Minister Philippe Douste-Blazy said.
France will avoid a clash, all right, even if it means surrendering Paris to the Mullahs and rounding up all the Jews for deportation - hey, they've done it before...
And sometimes the truth slips out accidentally:
But Ivanov, who is also Russia's deputy prime minister, said, "I know of no instances in world practice and previous experience in which sanctions have achieved their aim and proved effective."
No disagreement here...so why are we bothering? What is the purpose of using the UN Security Council at all if its strongest weapon, sanctions, (the thought of a concerted military response is laughable in the 21st century) are off the table? Is the UN simply acting as a slowing mechanism so that the US cannot stop Iran from becoming a nuclear power? Is this the way the UN can at last reach its long-awaited final solution for Israel?
And where does the rest of the West stand?
European leaders said the Iranian response - which didn't even mention the deadline - justified yet another round of talks.
French President Jacques Chirac termed Iran's answer a "little ambiguous."
European Union foreign policy chief Javier Solana said he expected new talks in days.
And how does the New York Times and its diverse group of readers respond to Iran's threat of a new holocaust and a worldwide caliphate? Why, by blaming the Jews, of course...
Given the above, why should Iran stop working on their nuclear ambitions? After all, who's going to stop them? The U.S is their only threat, and if the Iranians buy some time, allow the Americans to get tied up in more EU-style appeasement diplomacy, and hopefully see a few more Democrats elected in the next two elections, they are home free and on their way to regional (and possibly global?) domination...