Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Iran Denounces European Plan; Will Attend Meeting With Russia, China in June

Iran rejected the European Plan today, with President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad ridiculing the proposal like a bad lunch table trade: "Do you think you are dealing with a 4-year-old child to whom you can give some walnuts and chocolates and get gold from him?" he said. You have to love appeasement.

Ahmadinejad's rejection comes as no surprise, nor should the terse, mocking language with which his government offered Europe its own set of incentives for looking the other way on the enrichment issue. The AP quotes Foreign Minister Hamid Reza Asefi thusly: " We are prepared to offer economic incentives to Europe in return for recognizing our right. Iran's 70 million population market is a good incentive for Europe." Does this rhetorical flourish sound anything like a certain South American dictator's recent verbal scolding of the United States over the freezing of weapon sales to his oil-rich nation? Rap on, brother, rap on. It's enough to make you think these things are coordinated. Hmmm.

Also from the article: "Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov reiterated Moscow's opposition to the threat of sanctions or the use of force against Iran, saying that Tehran should be coaxed into dialogue over its nuclear program rather than punished." Honestly. What does Russia know about coaxing anyone into peaceful negotiations about anything? Maybe Moscow is hoping to engage Iran in an arms race in order to force a, wait, that would require a solvent Russian economy.

Lavrov further reported that Ahmadinejad will participate in a June summit in Shanghai with China, Russia and leaders from four Central Asian states. Apparently it is acceptable to use the word "summit" when describing a tauntingly open gathering of nations at which secret alliances, agendas and shared goals will be advanced at the world's expense. If he keeps a low profile for the next few weeks, look for Chavez to be a last minute addition.

Read the AP article here.


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