Saturday, February 10, 2007

February 11th: "Nuclear Rights Day" in Iran?

So what is the Iranian President up to now? Apparently tomorrow, Feb. 11th, is supposed to be a big day in Iran. Ahmadinejad is expected to make a key announcement regarding Iran's nuclear rights:

Iran Says Feb. 11 Big Day
[...] According to, Fars said Ahmadinejad would make a key announcement on Iran's nuclear rights on that day.

"The Iranian president also reiterated that February 11 is the day when the Iranian nation's inalienable right to access and use nuclear technology will be established," Fars said.

"The Iranian nation will celebrate stabilization and establishment of its nuclear rights during the Ten-Day Dawn, (sic)" Ahmadinejad was quoted as saying. The "ten-day dawn" in early February marks the date of the Islamic revolution in Iran in 1979.

"When a nation decides to stand on its own feet to climb up the peaks, God helps it and that nation will embrace victory," Ahmadinejad said. [...]

(bold emphasis mine) When Ahmadinejad talks about victory, it's often in the context of crushing the USA and Israel, thus preparing the way for the return of the Mahdi.

In this same article, it's mentioned that Iran has also announced that it has discovered a cure for AIDS. Why hasn't that made international headlines? I mean, we all believe it, right?

It's an HERBAL cure, too. How humanitarian of Iran to invent this cure! Just think what it means. If you are gay in Iran and have AIDS, the government can cure you, before they hang you:

These two teenage boys didn't have AIDS, but they were hanged for being gay. Iran hangs people for lots of reasons. They hang people who won't convert to Islam. They hang women and girls who have been raped. They've hanged children, even a girl as young as age 9. That's some revolution they've had, isn't it? Just the sort of folks that need the capability to make nuclear bombs.

Iran is also continuing to play it's part in Iraq:

(You can read related commentary and links here.)

Our problems in Iraq are largely a proxy war with Iran. Since the 1979 revolution, Iran has been nurturing Jihadism as a global movement, aiding it's expansion and strengthening it's reach.

It seems that we keep leaving them out of the equation when trying to deal with Iraq. Yet how much longer will they be ignored? Once they have nuclear capability, they may insist on NOT being ignored.

(You can read related commentary and links here.)

Nobody wants to deal with Iran, and it's not hard to understand why. No matter what anyone does, it promises to be a messy, deadly situation. The problem is, if we keep doing nothing, it could end in a deadly nuclear mess.

There are forces in Iran, even in the theocratic government, that want Ahmadinejad removed from power. Standing up to him might help bring about his removal, without a war. But will we even try?

UPDATE 02/11/07 11:am
I guess it wasn't much of a speech. This following article suggests that Ahmadinejad was told by members of the government to tone it down:

Iran head: No end to uranium enrichment
[...] The Iranian leader suggested last week that Tehran would announce that it had begun installing a new assembly of 3,000 centrifuges in an underground portion of its uranium enrichment facility at Natanz — in what would be a major jump in its nuclear program.

It is widely believed, however, that moderates among the ruling Islamic establishment advised him against such a provocative statement.

"After the U.N. Security Council imposed sanctions on Iran last December, Ahmadinejad has come under pressure at home and abroad to moderate his tone. He refused to make that announcement not to further provoke the West at this crucial time," political analyst Iraj Jamshidi said.

The Security Council first imposed limited sanctions in December over Iran's refusal to halt enrichment and has threatened to further sanctions later this month if it continues to refuse to roll back its program.

Ahmadinejad's comments Sunday were part of a speech that was broadcast live during nationwide rallies marking the 28th anniversary of the Islamic Revolution. Hundreds of thousands of Iranians gathered at a Tehran square, chanting slogans including: "Death to America!" [...]

If they really wanted nuclear capability for peaceful purposes only, there would be no need for them to build breeder reactors, which can be used to create nuclear warheads. Their actions don't match their words.

As for Ahmadinejad's toned down speech, there is also this allegation to consider:

Iranian nuclear scientist ‘assassinated by Mossad’

Assassination or accident, it may have slowed the progress of their nuclear program down a bit. Hopefully.

Related Links:


Iran said to assemble two uranium units

Dancing with Uranium Hexaflouride;
What the Baker group refuses to see

Paper: French FM in Memoir – Ahmadinejad Tells European FMs in 2005 Meeting, "After the Chaos We Can See the Greatness of Allah"

President Ahmadinejad: the end of history is only two or three years away.


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

For some reason - the internet is on over-load with "Things that make you go Hmmmmmmm!" Dingle should have chosen "Groundhog Day" so we could chase him into his hole in the ground.