This video says about itself:
Interview with the late Shah of Iran (circa 1975-76) regarding the need for Iran to acquire Nuclear Weapons.
From Monthly Review: (USA):
Iraq supports Iran’s right to pursue nuclear research, its new foreign minister said today, taking a position at odds with that of the Bush administration.
The foreign minister, Hoshyar Zebari, spoke during a visit to Baghdad by Iran’s foreign minister, Manoucher Mottaki, that marked the reconciliation of two countries that fought a long and bloody war two decades ago.
Blair’s, now conveniently forgotten, opposition to nuclear energy in Britain: here.
Blair now pro nuclear energy: here.
USA, Iran, Iraq, and world public opinion: here.
An earlier post, from 8 May 2006, from the Google cache of my ModBlog: After the loss of Tony Blair at the English local elections, many voices, also within his Labour party, call for his resignation.
Also, the last words on Blair’s Cabinet reshuffle to draw attention away from himself not resigning while he should, are not said.
According to British daily The Guardian:
The neocons strike again
The treatment of Jack Straw throws new and alarming light on the dismissal of Robin Cook
Monday May 8, 2006
It wouldn’t be the first time that the Bush administration has played an important role in persuading Tony Blair to sack his foreign secretary.
It was little discussed at the time, but Robin Cook’s demotion in 2001 also followed hostile representations from Washington and private expressions of doubt in Downing Street about his ability to work with a Republican administration.
That Guardian article also writes:
Mr Straw has said repeatedly that it is “inconceivable” that there will be a military strike on Iran and last month dismissed as “nuts” a report that George Bush was keeping on the table the option of using tactical nuclear weapons against Tehran’s nuclear plants.
But Mr Blair, who sees Iran as the world’s biggest threat, does not agree with his former foreign secretary. …
His fate was sealed when the White House called Mr Blair and asked why the foreign secretary kept saying these things.
In any case, Mr Straw had boxed himself in on Iran to the extent that he would have had to resign if a military strike became a reality.
Rohani and Obama: here.
The Iranian nuclear weapons program that wasn’t: here.
Next year sees the 35th anniversary of the outbreak of the Iran-Iraq War, when the armies of the Iraqi Ba’athist dictatorship invaded Iran hoping for a quick and easy victory over the regime of the ayatollahs. It didn’t happen. Eight years of barbaric conflict left the economies and infrastructure of both countries in ruins and an estimated 3 million soldiers and civilians dead and injured — nearly 5 per cent of the population: here.
A month after former CIA officer Jeffrey Sterling was convicted on nine felony counts with circumstantial metadata, the zealous prosecution is now having potentially major consequences—casting doubt on the credibility of claims by the U.S. government that Iran has developed a nuclear weapons program: here.
Former Israeli nuclear head: no Iran bomb for ten years – if they even want it. A statement highlights the Netanyahu government’s tenuous position: here.
Paris has a long history of involvement in Iran’s nuclear industry but takes a hard line in negotiations. David Lowry investigates: here.
Poor countries could be paid to go nuclear: here.
OBAMA GOES FOR THE HARD SELL FOR NUCLEAR FRAMEWORK “Facing deep skepticism on multiple fronts, President Barack Obama ramped up lobbying Monday for a framework nuclear deal with Iran, one of the toughest sells of his presidency. Yet critics from Jerusalem to Washington warned they won’t sit idly by while Obama and world leaders pursue a final accord that would leave much of Iran’s nuclear infrastructure intact.” In an interview with NPR, Obama stressed that Iran would be sanctioned again</a if they violated their terms of the framework. Israel has refused to rule out military action against Iran in light of the agreement. [AP]
- Just who has been killing Iran’s nuclear scientists? (independent.co.uk)
- Iran Hawks Gear Up (lobelog.com)
- US-Iran relations: A brief guide (bbc.co.uk)
- US scuppered deal with Iran in 2005, says then British Foreign Minister (alethonews.wordpress.com)
- Former British Foreign Secretary: Iran ‘Ready For A Settlement’ On Nuclear Issue (rferl.org)
- Obama: Iran at Least a Year From Building Nuclear Weapon (voanews.com)