The Daily Demarche
Sunday, November 21, 2004
Iran flexes some muscle.
Sort of. Al Jazeera reported today that Iran will attend the Sharm al-Shaikh conference, beginning Monday in Egypt. Iranian foreign ministry spokesman Hamid Reza Asefi is quoted as saying "We will take part in the Sharm al-Shaikh conference with force" and that Iran will "protest against the methods of the United States, insist on the necessity of withdrawing US troops from Iraq and the organization of elections on schedule."

Meanwhile the Tehran Times crows "Concerted efforts to undermine Iran falling flat". Full of awesome phrases such "Enraged by the recent nuclear pact between Iran and the European Union, the U.S. administration..." and "Unable to contain his fury... U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell said..." and my favorite "...Iran has patiently and wisely succeeded in clearing up most of the ambiguities about its nuclear program..." the article is almost too funny to take seriously.

Unfortunately this is an extremely serious matter, and could have long lasting implications for US-EU relations and for the region. Let's not forget that France once sold Iraq everything Saddam needed for nuclear weapons production; only Israeli intelligence and force of arms spared the world that horror. Iran, like Iraq, is sitting on huge crude oil reserves (in fact the Bushehr field is the second largest in the world). They claim they want nuclear energy for electrical production, and that they "are preparing to stop" the process by which uranium can be enriched. This posturing on the global stage and use of US-EU frictions bears close watching. Let's hope the msm does its job and provides the information we need as it comes out of Iran.

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