El-Baradei talks tough

Tuesday, January 17, 2006
Over at publius there is an excerpt from a recent Newsweek interview with Mohammed El-Baradei. He makes the following statement to a question:

What if the Iranians are just buying time for their bomb building?
That’s why I said we are coming to the litmus test in the next few weeks. Diplomacy is not just talking. Diplomacy has to be backed by pressure and, in extreme cases, by force. We have rules. We have to do everything possible to uphold the rules through conviction. If not, then you impose them. Of course, this has to be the last resort, but sometimes you have to do it.

You’re angry.
No, I’m not angry, but I’d like to make sure the process will not be abused. There’s a difference. I still would like to be able to avoid escalation, but at the same time I do not want the agency to be cheated; I do not want the process to be abused. I think that is clear. I have a responsibility, and I would like to fulfill it with as good a conscience as I can.

Is there any hope the Diplomats can deal with the mullahs?


Eric Blair said...

Ummm....I think that's a big NO.

I don't know what they're going to do though. I don't think that military strikes against Iran would slow them down any.

Like I said, invest in Oil Shale.

Knucklehead said...

Nice to hear a UN functionary suggesting that sometimes force must be used. The problem with EU and UN kleptocrats is the "last resort" part. Until every word has been said and there is no longer any opportunity to extract another dollar from the situation they will continue to avoid the use of force.

terrye said...

Perhaps the point is to let the Iranians know that even a guy like this is getting bored with them.

Yes, oil shale is a good idea.

markg8 said...

"Is there any hope the Diplomats can deal with the mullahs?"

If ya keep Bolton on the sidelines ya have a chance.

I read an article from some Indian today who says Iran getting access to development money and trade from Europe for stopping the uranium enrichment program and being good boys otherwise would be unacceptable to Israel and the Bush too.

Apparently he thinks the diplomatic endgame will fail because Iran as a economic power can impose it's will on Israel as effectively as a nuclear Iran and the US will veto the terms. I find that a stretch.

ex-democrat said...

is there any blackmailer the left wouldn't simply pay off (with other people's money of course)?

chuck said...

Ya'll might bear in mind that the *Arab* countries don't want Iran to have the bomb, and I expect the Turks aren't too happy about the prospect either. Israel and the US are red herrings, the real desperation lies elsewhere.

David Thomson said...

"Ya'll might bear in mind that the *Arab* countries don't want Iran to have the bomb"

Yup, I'm sure that behind the scenes the Arab countries are worried sick. Their top leaders want to live the good life. They are not nihilists.

A number of our wimpy allies are obviously worried about the Iranian nuclear threat. El Baradei would not have likely spoken out unless he were given the green light to do so.

markg8 said...

I wonder what the Sunni Arab states would think about Iran trading their "are they or aren't they" bomb program for Euro investment and trade? Do they fear Iran becoming an economic powerhouse in the region? Beggering they neighbor isn't good foreign or economic policy but having Iran come out of this as the most democratic and ecomonically developed middle eastern nation outside of Israel isn't gonna make the Saudis, Egyptians and Iraqis look good in comparison. Iran has a blueprint from Libya to follow to make it happen.

Dick Cheney is reportedly in Egypt begging Mubarak to send Egyptian troops to police Iraq. He's supposedly going to ask the Saudis to finance the plan. If true he either knows Murtha is right or feels the need to free up American military power for at least the appearance of a credible threat against Iran. Maybe both. 130,000 US troops abandoning the mission in Iraq and turning to Iran isn't sufficient but a confrontation
short of war could serve to get Republican supporters here at home riled up in time for the fall elections.