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Monday, November 15, 2004

Iran Pulls a Libya?

Story here, via Boortz.

"Iran agreed yesterday to immediately suspend its nuclear programs in exchange for European guarantees that it will not face the prospect of U.N. Security Council sanctions as long as their agreement holds."

That's an amazing development, because Iran's fiery rhetoric before the election was consistently to the effect of "screw you all, we're building nukes no matter what." Now, two weeks after Bush's re-election, Iran has a sudden change of heart. Coincidence? Or have the Iranians learned the lesson of Saddam and Ghaddafi?

That's not to say the Iranians really will suspend their nuke program. There are good reasons to take the promises of Islamic fanatics at less than face value (I'm looking North Korea, here). But the massive change in rhetoric alone is significant, especically because any future evidence of breach can be used against the regime directly as evidence of their violation of international obligations.