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Review Category : Iran

Appeasing the Crocodile

Last Thursday, London’s Financial Times reported that U.S. officials are worried that Iran could deploy a new generation of centrifuges. Such devices are three times faster than the centrifuges Iran relies on now, thus shortening the time needed to enrich uranium and reach nuclear weapon status. “If they were to deploy large numbers of these second-generation machines, then it could dramatically reduce dash time,” said an administration official, referring to the time needed to develop a nuclear weapon.

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You Can’t Stuff the WikiLeaks Cat Back Into the Bag

With gratitude toward that person of dubious repute, Julian Assange of WikiLeaks, many of us now know with one hundred per cent certitude what our instincts have been telling us for years:  The Sunni Arab world, and in particular Saudi Arabia, despises and fears Iran, and their concerns for the Palestinian-Israeli conflict is exceedingly far down their list of priorities, and has been used as a smokescreen to avoid making changes within their own regimes towards democracy, towards human rights and towards giving their people an infrastructure in which they are educated to truly actualize their potential as human beings.

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A Stark Reminder

As the attention of much of the United States has been primarily focused, due to today’s elections, on domestic issues, as well as on the sardonic Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert non-rally-rally on the National Mall, the foreign policy stage remains deadly serious. Yet, we as a nation have lost our focus.

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Reducing Foreign Policy to the Lowest Common Denominator

“Everything would have been just fine, if only Adolf Hitler hadn’t lied to me.”
—- Neville Chamberlain
The problem with a multilateral approach to foreign policy is that it entrusts governments who do not have the same moral standards that we do, to operate along the same moral lines; it reduces our foreign policy to the lowest common denominator.

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Missiles, Bombs and Tweets

“Dictatorial regimes and their behavior are a phenomenon that must be confronted constantly… It is very important to explain and stress over and over again that people fighting for human rights are not doing this just for themselves, but they are opposing the humiliation of individuals wherever they may be”—-Vaclav Havel, Former Czech President

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In meeting with Bibi, Obama boosted Iran

Special to WJW

All lies and jest. Still a man hears what he wants to hear and disregards the rest – “The Boxer,” Paul Simon

President Barack Obama emerged from his meeting last week with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanayhu with these words: “If there is a linkage between Iran and the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, I personally believe it actually runs the other way.

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