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This Is Totally Unfair (!) [part the second]

Come on, don’t these guys know anything but facts and history. What, they think just because they were right, people should listen to common sense‽

The Associated Press reports” U.N. Nuke Chief Criticizes Iran “Hype”

(AP) Invoking the war in Iraq, the chief U.N. nuclear inspector criticized talk of attacking Iran as “hype” Monday, saying such options should only be considered as a last resort and only if authorized by the U.N. Security Council.

“I would not talk about any use of force,” said Mohamed ElBaradei, the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, in an indirect response to French warnings that the world had to be prepared for the possibility of war in the event that Iran obtains atomic weapons.

Saying only the U.N. Security Council could authorize the use of force, ElBaradei urged the world to remember Iraq before considering any similar action against Tehran.

“There are rules on how to use force, and I would hope that everybody would have gotten the lesson after the Iraq situation, where 700,000 innocent civilians have lost their lives on the suspicion that a country has nuclear weapons,” he told reporters.

ElBaradei, architect of a recent pact with Tehran committing it to stop stonewalling his experts and lift the shroud of secrecy on past suspicious nuclear work, defended the agreement against criticism it could be used by Tehran as a smoke screen to draw attention from its defiance of the Security Council.

“What we need to do is encourage Iran to work with the agency to clarify the outstanding issues,” he said.

“I do not believe at this stage that we are facing a clear and present danger that require we go beyond diplomacy,” ElBaradei said, said, adding that his agency had no information that “the Iran program is being weaponized.”

“We are not using a stick, we are not using a carrot, but we are trying to be impartial and objective,” he said, alluding to Western criticism that he was being too soft on Iran. If “in time of hype telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act … I will continue to be a revolutionary.”

He’s probably still ticked off about all of the nasty things that the people who have always been wrong were saying about him when no evidence of a nuclear program showed up in Iraq. I mean just because he’s always been right, just because he has seen the Iranian nuclear program for himself, and just because he is an expert in his field, why should people ignore the rantings of op-ed columnists and talk-radio hosts who haven’t been right about anything‽ I mean, the odds are that sooner or later they will be right about something, even a blind pig occasionally finds an acorn‽

6 comments

1 Jim Bales { 09.17.07 at 11:03 pm }

Bryan. You are being uncivil and impolite in reminding us that conservatives have been wrong. In modern American political discourse, one is only permitted to mention the errors of liberals, Democrats, and progressives. Or, at least, this *appears* to be the case!

Keep up the good work!

2 Bryan { 09.17.07 at 11:20 pm }

The hits keep coming, Jim, it has been an amazing couple of days. The wheels are coming off the neocon train. I love El Baradei last quote.

3 whig { 09.20.07 at 6:41 pm }

Root root root for the Republican team
If they don’t win it’s a shame…

(sorry, just got off the phone with a family member)

4 Bryan { 09.20.07 at 8:05 pm }

The few Repubs left in my family are no longer interested in politics, which is amazing considering their level of interest when Clinton was in the White House.

5 whig { 09.20.07 at 8:23 pm }

My deeper point on the unfairness is that the media always gives Republicans home field advantage.

6 Bryan { 09.20.07 at 8:50 pm }

And you would expect something different from the corporate media?