Monday, January 16, 2006

U.K.: No "Rush" to Sanction Iran

UK Foreign Secretary Jack Straw (was there ever a more aptly named diplomat?) said

"there should be no "rush" to international sanctions on Iran over its nuclear program.

"Addressing a conference on international terrorism at the Royal United Services Institute, Straw emphasized that a referral to the Security Council did not necessarily mean economic sanctions."

You have to appreciate the levels of irony here. Straw-man tells a conference on terrorism that the Security Council, one of the slowest, most consensus-focused organizations in the world, should not rush to sanction the foremost state-supporter of terrorism for violating a prominent, long-standing treaty and building an atomic bomb. It's not as if time was of the essense or anything.

And people still think we'll actually stop the Shi'ites from getting their precious nukes? I admire the optimism.

Tick-tock, tick-tock.

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