Something caught my interest in the last paragraph of an article I read yesterday
While Iran insists its nuclear activities are strictly peaceful, Britain, France and Germany are engaged in diplomatic efforts to secure long-term guarantees that the clerical regime will not seek the bomb
along with something from an opinion piece I had read the day before, written by Dr. Al-Hayat
The European troika (France, Britain, and Germany) supported by Russia and China, is trying to find a solution for the Iranian nuclear file through negotiations with Tehran
Then this morning, as I was reading news of the day, I came across this article, and with it, this quote
Representatives of Britain, France and Germany told Iran that “nothing short of full cessation and dismantling of Iran’s fuel cycle efforts would give the EU3 the objective guarantees they need that Iran’s nuclear program is peaceful
Now, while I think the efforts put forth by those countries is admirable, I found this passage to be a little disconcerting
The Europeans can not offer anything to Iran until the United States comes on board
And why is that? So, after years of threats and intimidation, as the U.S. says “enough is enough, Iran, now suffer the conseqeunces,” as had happened in Iraq, France and Germany can stab us in the back again?
France, Russia, China and Germany had constantly voted for the resolutions against Iraq. For thirteen years this charade had persisted. When the time for sabre rattling had ended and it came down to put up or shut up, what did France, Russia, China and Germany do? They shut the hell up, thats what.
Maybe this is a credibility issue. Maybe France and Germany understand that anything they say is taken with a grain of salt. You see, it may be just me, but if France and Germany say to me “do this or else,” do you know what I’d say?
…or else what!