Thursday, January 27, 2005

Military Rumblings on Iran

The NY Times is on the record, Iran is developing nuclear weapons:
There is no question that Iran has been covertly developing the capacity to build nuclear weapons, and that diplomacy has so far failed to end these efforts.
So what is the NY Times solution?
The most effective leverage available to Washington is international economic sanctions. ...
The Iranian Regime are sponsors of terrorism:
A nuclear-armed Iran is an alarming prospect, given the radical nature of the Iranian regime, with its long and continuing record of sponsoring international terrorism, its undiluted hostility to the United States and Israel, and its intense regional rivalries with Iraq and Saudi Arabia. ...
What does the NY TImes think of Europe's position?
But the mullahs are unlikely to give up their nuclear weapons efforts, which are popular among Iranians of all political persuasions, unless they are plainly told that refusing will bring punishing economic isolation in the very near future. European leaders have not been willing to send that firm message yet, and need to do so.
Let's see how long they hold this position.