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“For me, it is a different world”
—Mohamed ElBaradei (Director General, International Atomic Energy Agency)
This is change. And very good news.
I never have quite understood the logic of the USA’s stockpiling enough nukes to destroy the world six times over while insisting that nukes are bad and no one else should have them.
Nor have I understood how countries who sign treaties allowing development of nuclear power stations have to endure threats of missile strikes from the USA or Israel for building them.
Good news is that it looks like Mr. Obama has decided fair deals and keeping our promises might be good policy, along with tightening up the rules by which all of us play. Here’s what he’s proposed in Europe:
Showing some exemplary restraint of our own while putting some teeth into the mutually-agreed rule of law, might just be a step toward a world of greater sanity.
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And a few things that just might.
“You can’t bomb knowledge,” said Robert Litwak, Director of the Division of International Security Studies at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars […]
[B]ombing … Iran’s nuclear sites will not deter future technological developments […]
US military action … would only trigger major responses worldwide, … a worsening of the fragile state of Iraq and “a rally around the flag effect in Iran.”
Washington will need to recognize that “what is politically serious in Washington is politically insignificant in Tehran.” What the US has previously viewed as a big step toward normalization, such as allowing the importation of pistachios and carpets, has little weight in Iran […]
Pres. Obama and other political figures have not recognized the need to use sensitive language when dealing with Iran. Iran has expressed its disdain for phrases such as “carrots and sticks,” that the US has repeatedly used […] [T]his mistranslates to say that the US plans to deal with Iran as a donkey, either reward it with carrots or beat it into submission. “This will backfire on us,” … stated Robin Wright, journalist, author and public policy scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Center.
Clipped from niacouncil.org
I know, you heard that there was more enriched uranium there than previously thought. But there are, apparently, many grades of enriched uranium, and bomb material is far cry from what Iran has.
Here’s U of Michigan Prof. Juan Cole:
Reason for panic? Threat to world peace? Justification for a strike from Israel?
Why is it “reasons for war” stories are so rarely true?
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