Wednesday, September 26, 2007

The little nutjob promises not to stop

From The Washington Post:

UNITED NATIONS, Sept. 25 -- Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad vowed Tuesday not to give in to pressure by "arrogant powers" trying to force him to abandon his nation's uranium-enrichment program and unilaterally declared that as far as he is concerned, "the nuclear issue of Iran is now closed."

In a fiery speech to the U.N. General Assembly, Ahmadinejad denounced what he called the "master-servant relationship of the Medieval Age" imposed by the United States and other leading nations through the Security Council. He expressed confidence that God would not allow the Bush administration to launch a military attack against his country and said Iran has "spared no effort to build confidence" that it wants only civilian energy, not nuclear weapons.

His address punctuated a shadow debate with President Bush, who spoke to the assembly earlier in the day and called on world leaders to join him in a global "mission of liberation" against repressive governments such as that in Iran. Although the two men never crossed paths, their competing visions presented here framed the opening of the assembly's annual session and underscored the diplomatic confrontation between the two nations.

President Bush isn't going to get much help from the UN. In a very real sense it is little more than a dictator's club whose favorite sport is baiting the US. The fact is that most of the member nations' leadership admire Imadinnerjacketi and wish they had a nuclear program too.

In disarming Iran, as in almost anything else worthwhile, the US is going to have to act alone or with the aid of a handful of allies.