Friday, December 02, 2011

Russia has a solution for Iran. It Won't Work.

The Russia ambassador to the UN is saying that "sanctions have been exhausted" both in regard to Iran and in regard to Syria. They want the U.S. and Europe to get involved in "negotiations" with Iran and Syria. Pursuing sanctions they say would be not at all helpful and possibly dangerous. Oh, oh, is that a threat or a warning or what?  Stay tuned.

But, wait, let's get something straight here -- if I'm reading this correctly the Russians want us to go from sanctions to negotiations. Sorry Mr. Putin and company, that's not the natural order of things. We tried negotiations and genteel persuasion but that didn't work. Now, the west is trying sanctions, and by the Russians' own admission, that won't work and certainly is not working these days.

What makes the Russians think negotiations will work when sanctions won't? Nothing. It's just plain stupidity to think that is the case. Yes, you can catch more flies with honey than you can with vinegar, but that's assuming the flies are dumb enough to get caught or even want to. Neither the Iranians nor the Syrians are dumb, nor do they care about being caught or stopped.

They want it their way, and they'll go to any extent to get it their way. After all, it's just a simple gamble. Will the West attack militarily or won't it? They're prepared to push as far as they need to, just to find out. And martyrdom looks good on any Muslim's resume. But they won't stop doing what they're doing -- not with sanctions or negotiations. They'll need to be stopped physically and forcibly. If they're going to be stopped at all.

What I'm not sure about is whether the West has the guts or the inclination. Certainly, for the next couple of years, they'll have the edge on the capability.  But tempus fugit for sure, so I don't know what they're waiting for.   Everyone agrees they do not want Iran to have nuclear weapons, because that would make the world a very dangerous place.   And they'll say that right up to the day Iran has nuclear weapons.  Go figure.

Alternatively, as far as Iran is concerned, Israel could go it alone. But once things start heading that way, you can be sure it won't be long before the others all come to the party (for lack of a more fitting word.)

I still believe things will unfold as the Creator intends them to.  All we mere mortals do is try to figure out His plan.  Our time might be better used to simply wait and see.  Here are the details of the Russian declaration.

In the meantime, I wouldn't trust the Russians at all in this.  The Russians are Cunning, the Russians are Cunning.

'UN sanctions on Iran have been ... JPost - Iranian Threat - News

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1 comment:

  1. Now U.S. Secretary of Defense is telling Israel to get back to the negotiation table a.s.a.p. (he actually used stronger words). He says that Israel must address it's growing "isolation" in the "Middle East". Oh, interesting. First there is no other Jewish state in the Middle East. Second, there are fewer and fewer Christians in the Middle East that could befriend Israel, thanks to the Americans supporting all the Arab Spring revolts which cause countries to move towards radical Islam (think Egypt, think Muslim Brotherhood, etc.) So, Mr. Leon, get with the program. Israel will always be isolated in the Middle East -- it's the very nature and fate of this historical conflict.

    And in case you missed it, it is very hard to become 'surrounded, integrated, included, with friends' when most of those that would include them befriend entities that want to wipe them off the face of the earth.

    In fact, Mr. Leon Panetta, you keep acting the way you are and talking in such an irritating manner, the U.S. will be considered as part of the group that is isolating Israel. If you're not willing to help her, get the heck out of the way or at least "shut up".