Friday, October 27, 2006

El Baradei and the End of Days

To set the scene:

  • Iran is seeking to develop nuclear weapons, and started their programme while in the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT)
  • Iranian President Ahmadinejad is a millenarian Shia who believes the 12th Imam's messianic rise from the well can be accelerated by creating havoc and destruction through world conflict
  • While mayor of Tehran, and at great cost, Ahmadinejad widened the road to the said well to ensure people could go there
  • Ahmadinejad flip-flops between questioning the Holocaust ... and denying it
  • Ahmadinejad has said he wishes Israel to be wiped off the face of this Earth, or something to that effect. Many times.
  • North Korea has nuclear weapons
  • North Korea developed these while under the NPT
  • Kim Jong Il's North Korea rewards people with food in proportion to their loyalty
  • Libya developed a nuclear weapons programme while in the NPT
  • Libya and Iran both sponsored terrorism throughout the 80s and 90s (Libya has given up on this after the Iraq war in 2003)
With that out the way, here's an excerpt from an Opinion Journal article titled Secretary of State ElBaradei:
Mohamed ElBaradei, the director general of the U.N.'s International Atomic Energy Agency, is supposed to be the Jack Webb of the nuclear nonproliferation scene, a "just the facts" man who reports his findings to his political superiors in the U.N. Security Council. Lately, however, he's been sounding more like the real life Jimmy Carter than the fictional TV detective.

"I don't think sanctions work as a penalty," Mr. ElBaradei opined after meeting with Condoleezza Rice on Monday.
ElBaradei, the master strategist.
The director general was talking about North Korea, of whose leaders he took the forgiving view that they are testing nuclear weapons because "they feel isolated, they feel they are not getting the security they need."
ElBaradei, the psychologist.
As for Iran, "the jury is still out on whether they are developing a nuclear weapon."
ElBaradei, the judge.
However, he was quite certain that "at the end of the day, we have to bite the bullet and talk to North Korea and Iran."
ElBaradei, the World President.

On an unrelated matter, Libya developed their clandestine nuclear weapons programme during ElBaradei's time as director general.

Perhaps that last sentence should read "At the end of days, there won't be a bullet to bite or need to talk to North Korea and Iran".

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