Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Iran Speaks

We have waited for a couple of months to hear Iran's response to the UN who requested they suspend all nuclear research -- those items related to building a nuclear bomb. Shockingly, they aren't going to stop but are willing to talk.
The Iranian government has told senior European officials that it will not accept the only condition set by the Bush administration and its Western allies for talks on the country's nuclear program and will continue enriching uranium, despite the threat of international sanctions, several senior U.S. and European officials said yesterday.

Diplomats in Washington, Tehran and European capitals said the Iranian government is willing to enter negotiations and to consider a freeze of the program, but it will not accept a freeze as a precondition for the talks.
This whole delay is a joke on the diplomats. They used The Night Journey / Isra and Mi'raj religion-based story, event, occurrence as the reason for the delay.
Farid Ghadry, the president of the Reform Party of Syria, asserts that the Supreme National Security Council of Iran chose the August 22 date "for a very precise reason. August 21, 2006 (Rajab 27, 1427) is known in the Islamic calendar as the Isra and Mi'raj, the night Prophet Mohammed (saas) ascended to heaven from the Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem on a Bourak (half animal, half man), while a great light lit-up the night sky, and visited Heaven and Hell also Beit al-Saada and Beit al-Shaqaa (House of Happiness and House of Misery) and then descended back to Mecca."
It's a joke that we would even consider these current Iranian leaders as willing to negotiate. They are caught in the Caliphate, the ultimate Emir, the omniscient leader of all Islam against the West starting with the destruction of Israel. We'll go through the motions -- that's what diplomats do. I wish I were more optimistic about the potential outcome.

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