May 11, 2006
Paul Reynolds at the BBC goes through all the arguments about whether a US attack on Iran would legal under international law and the ways in which the US might go about it.
I don’t get it.
Why isn’t the British Broadcasting Corporation looking at the legality of, oh I don’t know, Britain attacking Iran? Why America? Doesn’t the entire world stand to lose just the same from a nuclear Iran? Why is it always our problem that the crazies got weapons? Where is the rest of the world?
January 28, 2006
The news that UK foreign secretary Jack Straw will ‘press for action on Iran’ showcases the absolute futility of our current methods for dealing with international threats. First of all, who, exactly will Straw press? And, second of all, what, exactly, will he press them to do? Well, here it is:
Mr Straw is expected to urge the IAEA [International Atomic Energy Agency] to refer Iran to the United Nations Security Council for censure.
So, if I understand it, Mr. Straw will recommend meetings. And, those meetings will recommend, maybe, sanctions. Which, of course, is what we did with Iraq. That produced thirteen years of defiance by Saddam, empty threats from the ‘international community’ and ultimately led to our current war. I don’t know what the solution to the Iran problem is, but I know it’s not making the same mistakes we made with Iraq.
The BBC piece linked above ends thusly:
In his speech to the forum, Mr Straw is expected to say that Iran must not be allowed to develop nuclear weapons.
He will address 2,000 business leaders and politicians in what our correspondent describes as “one of the most influential authorities in the world”.
Mr Straw has previously told the BBC that Iran can be persuaded to co-operate over its nuclear programme only “by peaceful means”, saying the situation there was unlike that in Iraq.
I’m glad the correspondent feels they’re so influential. I can’t help but disagree. Meetings and words are not influential. I’m looking forward to seeing how the whole ‘peaceful means’ thing turns out. I just don’t see how people who can’t see the parallels between Iraq all those years ago and Iran today are going to work this all out. I’m rooting for peace, but I’m not optimistic.