Friday, June 30, 2006

Headed for disaster

First off, take a look at this report by The Times's Jeremy Page from Moscow:

The Group of Eight industrialised nations set a deadline of July 5 yesterday for Iran to give a “clear and substantive response” to an offer of incentives for it to scale back its nuclear programme. But Iran said that it needed until August, threatening to drive a wedge between the G8 members in the run-up to the group’s annual summit in St Petersburg from July 15 to July 17.

At the same time G8 foreign ministers failed to agree on how to respond if Iran did not reply, or turned down the June 6 offer from the United States, Britain, France, China, Russia and Germany.

A statement issued afterwards said: “We are disappointed by the absence of an official Iranian response to this positive proposal."

Disappointed? Well, the honorable G8 dignitaries, I've got news for you: Wait until mullahs proudly announce the arrival of their first nuclear bomb and I guarantee you'll not just be dissappointed but even heartbroken ! To quote US Congressman Lewis (the late Christopher Reeve) on the Europeans' appeasement policy toward Hitlerite Germany in 1935, in the movie "The Remains of the Day (1993)":

You are, all of you, amateurs. And international affairs should never be run by gentlemen amateurs. Do you have any idea of what sort of place the world is becoming all around you? The days when you could just act out of your noble instincts, are over. Europe has become the arena of realpolitik, the politics of reality. If you like: real politics. What you need is not gentlemen politicians, but real ones. You need professionals to run your affairs, or you're headed for disaster!

Good luck!