Tuesday, March 01, 2005

Appeasement Redux

Click here for AmazonIt's like a really bad horror movie where the mummy keeps getting back up, even though it's been shot, set afire, run over with a car, and pulverized with a wrecking ball. The Europeans, insistent on continuing down their path of self-destruction are willing to give the Mullahs yet another pass. Let's trade some airplanes for a promise not to build nukes!

Yes, the Mullahs are just the guys that you want to play patty-cake with, given their unceasing support for terrorists of all stripes (including Al Qaeda) and their prior promises to nuke Israel into molten rubble.

I certainly can't say I understand the administration's apparent willingness to embrace, even temporarily, a soft line on Iran. But it's always worth remembering that the US recently sold Israel $320 million worth of bombs, including 500 BLU-109 warheads, one-ton "bunker busters"that can penetrate five meters of reinforced concrete.

Trusting the Mullahs, the world's foremost sponsors of terror, is a phenomenally bad idea. It's kind of like inviting Dennis Rodman to house-sit over Spring Break. The only surprises you're going to get won't be good ones.

The governing board of the International Atomic Energy Agency is in session this week in Vienna, and today it will review the latest batch of evidence concerning Iran's violations of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. These violations include:

• Refusal to allow the IAEA to inspect all areas of the Parchin military site near Tehran, which the U.S. suspects is involved in illicit nuclear research.

• Failure to disclose construction of a tunnel under the nuclear site of Isfahan.

• The unresolved question of how weapons-grade uranium was detected on Iranian centrifuges.

• A document describing technical assistance offers received from nuclear proliferator A.Q. Khan dating back to 1987.

Sounds bad. So what does the Administration intend to do?

WSJ: Carrots for the Mullahs - A surefire path to a nuclear Iran.

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