Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Brzezinski and Odom on Iran

Zbigniew Brzezinski

William Odom, LtGeneral (Ret)

I'm really at a loss why I don't excerpt from, link to posts at Left I on the News more often. Its always good and full of useful information. Take today's example.
Considering the religious character of the Islamic Republic of Iran, and considering that it is a widely-held belief amongst American politicians and pundits that the most powerful person in Iran is not Ahmadinejad but Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, it is surely relevant that on August 10, 2005, Khamenei issued a fatwa declaring "that the production, stockpiling and use of nuclear weapons are forbidden under Islam and that the Islamic Republic of Iran shall never acquire these weapons." Curiously, Brzezinski and Odom, along with every other American politician and pundit, fail to mention that rather salient fact.

Iran, like every other signatory of the Non-Proliferation Treaty, has a perfect right to develop nuclear power including the enrichment of uranium. As Brzezinski and Odom note, it is the United States, with its failure to significantly reduce its nuclear arsenal, which is in violation of the NPT, not Iran.

This is not news to me. I've brought up these points many times, but perhaps its new to you.

Note there are many more points available at the link. The author doesn't think Brzezinski and Odom are always correct. And the author is absolutely right.

Note: Headline links to source.

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