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More rumblings in the Middle East

It's nice to see that our "friends" near the Middle East are standing behind us. The Jerusalem Post reports: 

Turkey does not intend to allow the United States to launch an attack against Iran from the Inchirlik military base, Turkish news agencies reported Sunday.

Turkish Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul told the Dubai-based al-Bayan that he doubted the US would ultimately choose to take military action, as "Iran has its own strategic advantages."

Gul said that facilitating an attack against a neighboring country was "not an option," despite the US offer to build Turkey a nuclear reactor as a counterbalance to Iran's expanding nuclear facilities.

This comes on the heels of Thursday's remarks by Iran's clerical Top Gun, I mean Supreme Leader Ayatolla Ali Khamenei, that any actions taken against Iran would be met with "double the intensity":

Iran threatened on Wednesday it would harm American interests anywhere in the world if the United States launches an attack on the Islamic Republic. The remarks by Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei were reported by state television.

"The Americans should know that if they attack Iran their interests will be harmed anywhere in the world that is possible," Khamenei was quoted as saying by a television announcer.  "The Iranian nation will respond to any blow with double the intensity," he added.

In the same article, President Unpronouncable beat his chest verbally about the rights of Iran, and how they had developed their nuclear program "on our own – no one gave this to us."

Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said it was the country's right to develop nuclear technologies. "Access to nuclear technology is a right of the Iranian nation," he said, according to IRNA

"We have worked to obtain nuclear knowhow by ourselves. No one gave it to us so that we can say we have now received it. States which have opposed Iran's nuclear program accept this as a fact but want to obtain concessions from Iran through a psychological war," the president concluded.

© 2006 Al Bawaba (www.albawaba.com)

Hmmmmmmm….. Sounds like Turkey doesn't want anyone to be able to accuse them of having nuclear technology "given" to them. Although, I remain clueless as to why the American people would seek to stop other countries from developing nuclear technology on their own, then try to "bribe" an ally with a nuclear bone.

But seemingly, I am unable to escape from the recurring theme in the news coming out of Iran – that they will meet any action with 'same to you, but more of it' treatment:

Foreign ministry spokesman Hamid Reza Asefi nevertheless warned that any step towards sanctions would meet with tough retaliation from the Islamic republic, which is supected of using an atomic energy drive as a cover for weapons development.

"We have said that we are ready to solve the questions through dialogue. If the IAEA and the Security Council commit for the case to remain at the IAEA, we are ready for maximum cooperation," Asefi told reporters Sunday.

"But if they take radical measures, we will take measures as a consequence. If their decisions are reasonable, ours will be too. If their decisions are radical, ours will be too," he warned.

For some reason, the term "radical" seems much more sinister when uttered in this context.  And it makes me radically uncomfortable, but I am so very relieved to hear Colin Powell, on Fox News, state that he does not believe that we would use nuclear weapons on Iran, since we've made every effort, since WWII, to make sure that no country uses them.

Yes, combine that with the "same to you but more of it" and I feel SOOOOOOO much better. 

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April 30, 2006 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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