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Tuesday, January 17, 2006

International Opposition to Iran Mounts at Lightning-Quick Speed

By "lightning-quick" I mean "utterly imperceptible." Check out these two headlines:

U.S Wins Support in Iran Dispute (Washington Post)
Countries Agree Iran Must Halt Nuclear Activity (MSNBC)

Wow, sounds like the gears are really moving, right? Well, what exactly is the nature of this "agreement"? From the second link:

"Russia and China agreed with the United States and its European allies Monday that Iran must fully suspend its nuclear program, but the countries stopped short of demanding referral to the U.N. Security Council, Britain’s Foreign Office said."

That's it? I suppose these nations can all agree that famine sucks, and that MC Hammer's pants were, in retrospect, kind of ridiculous. And what exactly does that agreement accomplish? Other than making the WaPo and MSNBC write headlines making it sound like somehow, somewhere, progress was made.

Let's be serious. No nation in the entire world is happy about Iran right now, including, I suspect, the majority of Iranians, who would prefer not to get hit by U.S. missiles as a result of Ahmadiejad's pissing match with the EU. And since the French, Germans and Russians aren't making any profit off of the mullahs, they've got no financial incentive to refrain from action. Getting this agreement must have been about as difficult as getting the original members of NWA to agree not to sample Pat Boone in "Straight Outta Compton."

Yo, I dunno, Sobek. "Love Letters in the Sand" was some pretty dope sh*t."

Damn straight, nigga.