July 24, 2007
Today's Most Insignificant AnnouncementTopics: Iran
The way the AP phrases the story, one would think that something is actually expected to come out of an IAEA site visit to Iran's Arak heavy water reactor, calling it "... a key step in efforts to allay lingering concerns over the country's nuclear program."
However, as I noted yesterday, pretending the mullahs and their intentions are rational doesn't make it so, and pretending that the IAEA will accomplish anything won't either. The US and its allies would do well to be wary of the conjurer's trick: distracting the viewer with one hand while the other pulls a rabbit from a hat."
Deception is an important concept in Shia Islam, and it has several forms: Taqiyya (religiously-sanctioned deception or dissimulation to conceal one's true intentions and beliefs), kitman (deception) and khod'eh (trickery or claiming one's true position by half-truths rather than outright lies or deception), and Taarof (a form of deception through diversion of meaning from the subject or issue under discussion), are all considered "diplomacy" by the Iranian regime.And as was said in the Washington Times a few days ago, if we fail to effectively eliminate the Iranian nuclear problem and do it now, "The reality that we can actually be targeted and struck in radical anger by an Iranian nuclear capability will too soon be upon us."
Related reading: How Good Is American Intelligence on Iran's Bomb?
Posted by Richard at July 24, 2007 6:59 AM
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