Target Centermass

1/31/2006

Iran Threatens to Lock out UN

Filed under: — Gunner @ 11:58 pm

Long-delayed move.

Immediate Iraninan counter.

Iran yesterday threatened to halt snap UN inspections of its nuclear sites and resume uranium enrichment if it is reported to the Security Council as agreed by the council’s five permanent members.

In an angry response to the move by Britain, China, France, Russia and the United States in the early hours of yesterday, Iran also warned it would hit back in the region if put under severe international pressure.

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The agreement by the five permanent members of the Security Council to call for the IAEA to refer Iran to the full council, where it could face sanctions, was hailed by Tony Blair.

“I hope it’s sending a message that the international community is united,” the Prime Minister said.

But Ali Larijani, Iran’s chief nuclear negotiator, responded angrily, amid signs that Russia and China are stalling over the issue.

He said: “We consider any referral or report of Iran to the Security Council as the end of diplomacy. If these countries use all their means … to put pressure on Iran, Iran will use its capacity in the region.”

It was not clear what regional capacities he meant. Analysts and diplomats say Iran, with its links to Islamist parties and militants, has the means to create trouble for the West in Iraq, Lebanon, the Palestinian territories and elsewhere.

You know, this is a rather tiring dance.

Tucked into the story is this little tidbit.

It also emerged yesterday that Iran has given the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) a sensitive document that appears linked to nuclear warhead designs in a show of apparent openness designed to stave off being reported to the Security Council.

Diplomats said the one and a half page document, which described how to cast fissile uranium into the hemispherical shape of warheads, was given to IAEA inspectors last week.

This is good news, assuming that Iran’s thirst for thermonuclear warfare technology took precedent over their acquiring the copying machine.

100th British Soldier Dies in Iraq

Filed under: — Gunner @ 11:38 pm

The casualty-figure coverage and round-number obsession is not limited to merely American troops, as the media and anti-war folks are now using the sad century mark for British deaths in Iraq.

Two British soldiers have died in southern Iraq this week, bringing the number of the UK force to die during the conflict to 100, a Ministry of Defence statement said.

On Tuesday morning, an explosion killed a solider in Basra province. Three other soldiers were wounded in the same incident — one seriously.

Another British soldier died Monday morning after his patrol came under fire in Maysan province.

The defense ministry did not give the identity of the 100th soldier, nor of the others hurt in Tuesday’s blast, all from the 7th Armoured Brigade, the main British force in Iraq. The three injured soldiers were being treated at a British base.

Anti-war campaigners in Britain seized on the 100th death to once again demand Britain pull out of Iraq.

The Stop The War Coalition was due to hold a vigil at parliament Tuesday evening to read out the names of the dead.

Left-wing Member of Parliament George Galloway, one of those reading out the names, told CNN it was a “melancholy milestone.”

“We have just sent thousands of new soldiers to Afghanistan, if anything an even more dangerous mission. Events are marching in the direction of the vindication of the anti-war movement.

I’m afraid Galloway is unsurprisingly confused. Simply put, dangerous does not imply wrong. Had the likes of Galloway held sway in the Great Britain of the ’40s, well, red armbands would be all the rage in London today and reality TV would still suck.

As to the media attention to casualties at the expense of true war coverage, I’ll again quote Power Line‘s Paul Mirengoff, who blogged the following:

Have you ever read a history of war that focused almost entirely on casualty figures (with an occasional torture story and grieving parent thrown in), to the exclusion of any real discussion of tactics, operations, and actual battles? I haven’t. But that’s what our self-proclaimed “rough drafters” of history are serving up with respect to Iraq.

Carnival of Liberty XXX

Filed under: — Gunner @ 10:54 pm

This week’s installment of the Life, Liberty, Property community’s Carnival of Liberty is up over at Mover Mike. Go read another fine collection of posts from a libertarian slant.

State of the Union Transcript

Filed under: — Gunner @ 10:52 pm

… can be found here in case you missed the speech like I did.

Sheehan Arrested in House Gallery

Filed under: — Gunner @ 10:06 pm

Okay, I missed tonight’s State of the Union address, so I’m about to head over to the Vodka Dude and catch up with his traditional live-blogging.

It seems I’m not the only one who missed the event, though. The State of the Union address? Just another opportunity for Gold Star mom Cindy Sheehan to score another hit of her drug of choice — attention.

Peace activist Cindy Sheehan was arrested Tuesday in the House gallery after refusing to cover up a T-shirt bearing an anti-war slogan before President Bush’s State of the Union address.

“She was asked to cover it up. She did not,” said Sgt. Kimberly Schneider, U.S. Capitol Police spokeswoman, adding that Sheehan was arrested for unlawful conduct, a misdemeanor.

The charge carries a maximum penalty of one year in jail, Schneider said.

Unfortunately, I doubt that Gold Star mom Cindy Sheehan will get the maximum. Still, she is now a repeat offender. I wonder what this will do to her senatorial bid? Okay, that’s prossibly a joke site, but Gold Star mom Cindy Sheehan has threatened to run.

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