Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. Fool me the third, fourth and fifth times and I am either a complete moron, oblivious to the impending or existing danger, or a politician. The fact that leaders of the free and sane world are doing the United Nations sanctions dance is a joke, but the punch line of the joke could very well be a mushroom cloud. The fact that some of these nations, China and Russia specifically, are not even sure they want to impose new sanctions is an indication of how the worlds countries are sticking their collective heads in the sand.
Second Set Of Sanctions Ready For North Korea, And A Fourth Set For Iran
As we look back and review the year that was, Iran and North Korea have continued to move ahead on their nuclear programs. North Korea has not been "negotiating", threw the IAEA out of the country, restarted nuclear facilities, tested ballistic missiles and conducted a nuclear test. Iran is moving along on its merry way to the development of a nuclear capability, purely for peaceful purposes of course, thumbing its nose at the world community that pretends that this country, which has professed its desire to wipe Israel off of the face of earth and that works hand in hand with terrorist groups, is capable of negotiating in good faith.
What else is Iran up to? What are the events that leave the world comfortable playing charades with this country? Sanctions or diplomacy? Neither! Iran does not comply and uses the discussion as a tactic to stall, which the West seems more than okay to go along with. How about this story out of Britain. Does this add any urgency to the equation? The population of the world is having it's future existence managed by certain countries that care little about the citizens and much about their own political and financial well being, and other countries, the United States included that are run by those whose political futures trump the need to make obvious choices on national security.
Read this story, and you make the call regarding whether we continue to have the luxury to sit on our hands and let the United Nations run the show, or if some more direct action is required.
(Times Online) "Confidential intelligence documents obtained by The Times show that Iran is working on testing a key final component of a nuclear bomb.
The notes, from Iran’s most sensitive military nuclear project, describe a four-year plan to test a neutron initiator, the component of a nuclear bomb that triggers an explosion. Foreign intelligence agencies date them to early 2007, four years after Iran was thought to have suspended its weapons programme.
An Asian intelligence source last week confirmed to The Timesthat his country also believed that weapons work was being carried out as recently as 2007 — specifically, work on a neutron initiator..."