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January 29, 2006

UK On Iran: No Military Option Iran

It's hard to believe that even the Bush administration would be so reckless as to attack Iran. The world's just barely producing enough oil and natural gas as it is. An attack on Iran would disrupt supply, send prices through the roof, shock the world economy, and piss off every other nation on Earth.

Not even the UK would support us this time around. Today's Guardian (via John Robb):

Though world leaders agreed that strong measures were necessary to prevent Iran gaining nuclear weapon capacity, there was little consensus this weekend [at Davos] as to what those measures should be. Jack Straw, the Foreign Secretary, yesterday conceded that Britain and the US were divided over using military force.

Responding to comments by US politicians stressing the 'leverage' the military option allowed, Straw said such action was not under discussion. 'I understand that's the American position. Our position is different ... There isn't a military option. And no one is talking about it.'

Britain, along with most EU states, has been pursuing a policy of 'engagement' with the Iranians. Straw was speaking ahead of talks with Mohamed ElBaradei, the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency. [Emphasis added]

If the US (or Israel, acting as US proxy) attacks, we will know we truly are being led by self-destructive lunatics.

Posted by Jonathan at January 29, 2006 06:28 PM  del.icio.us digg NewsVine Reddit YahooMyWeb