terça-feira, 7 de fevereiro de 2006

Unintended consequences everywhere...

"But it is the IAEA's job to determine whether or not Iran has produced or otherwise acquired any quantity of fissile material, and after almost three years of go-anywhere, see-anything inspections, IAEA Director General Mohamed ElBaradei continues to report that he can find no materials or activities that ought to be subject to IAEA safeguards that are not.

So it is not Iran's safeguarded nuclear programs that could conceivably pose a grave threat to you soccer moms; it is a nuke or two Iran may conceivably have gotten from our non-NATO ally, Pakistan, that pose a threat.

Negroponte apparently doesn't think Pakistan has yet given Iran any of its "Islamic" nukes. "Nevertheless, the danger that it will acquire a nuclear weapon and the ability to integrate it with the ballistic missiles Iran already possesses is a reason for immediate concern.

Immediate concern? Does Negroponte worry about Pakistan and its stockpile of "Islamic" nukes"? "The nation is a front-line partner in the war on terror, having captured several al-Qaeda leaders, but also remains a major source of extremism that poses a threat to Musharraf, to the US, and to neighboring India and Afghanistan. … "Pakistan's national elections scheduled for 2007 will be a key benchmark to determine whether the country is continuing to make progress in its democratic transition."

Well, if Pakistan's elections turn out like those in Iran, Iraq, Egypt, and Palestine, there will no longer be a disagreement as to what constitutes the "gravest" threat" Gravest Threat – Not by Gordon Prather

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