SPOTLIGHT ON IRAN
Should the focus be on Iran and not Iraq?
When the policy of the British government or the manadarins in the Foreign Office is to pursuade the world and, more importantly British citizens, that one thing is true when the opposite is the case, the quickly dumped ethical foreign policy is sorely needed.
It seems Iran and its role in the world is of greater significance than Iraq. Now we know the truth about Iran, we must act
By Con Coughlin The Sunday Telegraph, 9 October 2005
Only threat of force will tame Tehran
by Michael Rubin, The Observer, October 9, 2005
This might persuagde some people, but when you know that Iraan is a country of 60 million, whichwas prepared to send its very young to the battlefioed in the war with Iraq, you know that this is not the solution.
But the answer in bringing international pressure to bear - through politcal isolation and economic measures - is equally unlikelybecause of the crooked games many who should know better, like the French, play in order to ensure contracts and the weakness of the United Nations which as to be completely reformed root and branch in order to make it serve the purpose it was set up for.
The result will be fine words and no action. Yet, if Iran was brought to heal, and its long-term sponsorship of international terrorism - a sort of Islamic version of the Third Internationale - curtailed, the world would be a better, more peaceful place.