Feb 13, 2007

EU Document Shows Serious Iran Nuke Threat


FWIW, Solana has long been known to be friendly to Washington's agenda. Even helpful at times.

Iran will be able to develop enough weapons-grade material for a nuclear bomb and there is little that can be done to prevent it, an internal European Union document has concluded.

In an admission of the international community's failure to hold back Iran's nuclear ambitions, the document – compiled by the staff of Javier Solana, EU foreign policy chief – says the atomic programme has been delayed only by technical limitations rather than diplomatic pressure. "Attempts to engage the Iranian administration in a negotiating process have not so far succeeded," it states.

The downbeat conclusions of the "reflection paper" – seen by the Financial Times – are certain to be seized on by advocates of military action, who fear that Iran will be able to produce enough fissile material for a bomb over the next two to three years. Tehran insists its purposes are purely peaceful.

"At some stage we must expect that Iran will acquire the capacity to enrich uranium on the scale required for a weapons programme," says the paper, dated February 7 and circulated to the EU’s 27 national governments ahead of a foreign ministers meeting yesterday.

"In practice . . . the Iranians have pursued their programme at their own pace, the limiting factor being technical difficulties rather than resolutions by the UN or the International Atomic Energy Agency.

"The problems with Iran will not be resolved through economic sanctions alone."

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

and so my friend... it has been a long time now since you promised to return to your old format of hard- hitting news and sophisticated porn...
and while at first I was, of course, pleased, I now have to wonder what it is that brought about such a disappearance of your usual... style... (no offense 'Effwit' you are a top-notch journalist and all...)
I hope whatever it is that has captured your attentions is worthy of you, and of course, that you are having fun.

Meatball One said...

Well Hello, Anonymous. Thanks for the fine 'n kind words.

It feels good to feel missed and you have me feelin' sweet abscondification all over. But I would never be missed if the intrepid Effwit never endowed the hallowe halls of SMC with his profuse comptence.

As for for porn de meatballs: it grieves me dearly, as doth it burden my cockles, that I have been most taciturn in my tackyfication of posts. It remains one of my great pleasures; the juxtapositioning of skin on meat - all in the quest of improved exposition as we try to dissect narratives which by design devour those who listen to them.

I did think that I would be back at pornysuave-ication sooner than circumstances have obviously allowed but my dereliction of carnal duties is in no way indicative of a detour on route from what was, and still remains, a top priority for the Meatball Of One; namely the adornment of all posts with die Nacktheit.

It's just that for the moment, and the recent past, I have not been able to access and manipulate appropriate pictorial content without risking the wrath of what are otherwise fine folks. In addition, I've been too tight for time to even wipe my ass more than thrice per sitting, let alone properly tend to my hunt for fishy narratives. But soon these things will change, ergo I will face a painful transmutation into a sissy soyball - and that just ain't gonna happen.

Anonymous said...

First off, may I applaud you for your decision to start creating your own
'three-point' words, and then italicizing them so we would be sure not to miss
their glory.

What a fine, and lengthy reply! I do feel honored to receive such an obviously
well thought-out response. I am at the moment, Anonymous and therefore perhaps,
not deserving of so great an audience, and yet, there is the chance that it is because of this title
that I receive a reply at all, who is to say?

As for your lack of access to porn, this worries me.
What the hell is going on with you?!? Who are these people censoring your availability
to your prefferred high-brow smut??
They sound absolutely horrendous!! Have you joined a cult!? Are you in jail!? Caring for an aged
relative?... who is a Cardinal?... In Vatican City?...
hahaha... cos' there's NO smut in the catholic church... ayuh...)
Are you with a very domineering and scary woman? Man?...
Shall I send in help?!?

Really... it just can't be worth it...

If you are indeed the type who enjoys being missed,
I dare say I have given you much pleasure.