As the Eruopean Commission is prepared to announce a sweeping climate change policy package on Januaary 23rd, businessmen and politicians in several countries are ready to mount a counter attack. France wants to protect its nuclear investments and German auto and steelmakers are concerned Europe would lose its competitive edge in world markets. European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso said it would be an international embarrassment to turn back after fighting so hard to attain a plan to address issues of climate change. “We knew from the beginning,” he said, “that transforming Europe into a low-carbon economy is not at easy task. But, this is the moment to be serious, responsible and coherent with out commitment.” President Sarkozy complained that France’s nuclear energy program is not recognized as fitting into the category of renewable energy. Toxic wastes from its plants are the reason for not classifyin nuclear energy that way. Some manufacturers say strict limits on greenhouse emissions will encourage many to relocate plants in areas of the world which have more lenient restrictions.
The EU is attemping to offer some exemptions to those nations which are still working on developing a modern economy. There is not easy solution, the basic problem is this is a global issue and must be addressed by all members of planet Earth.
Former Iranian Supreme National Security Council secretary Ali Larijani urged his nation to remain focused on developing its nuclear capabilities. “Iran has reached a good level in nuclear technology due to its steadfastness and today their(Western) theorists should accept that Iran has gained access to nuclear technology.” He pointed out the International Atomic Energy Agency and its director, Mohamed ElBaradel has stated there is no evidence Iran is making atomic weapons. Larijani says even if Iran was thinking about making nuclear weapons that would not even happen for years to come. He urged his nation’s leaders to engage in negotiations with other nations about nuclear energy.
Larijani’s statement is an indication many clerics wish their nation to pursue a nuclear energy program, but are not particularly interested in developing atomic weapons. Despite what Bush and other hysterical commentators believe, Iran’s clerics are conservative and they are not stupid. Unleashing atomic weapons on another country would lead to the end of Iran and their power. This is the time to negotiate with Iran, not threaten it.
Former Prime Minister Mohammad Khatami whose tenure in that office was marked by efforts to reduce the power of extremist religious figures, urged the world to stop trying to halt his nation from engaging in peaceful uses of atomic energy. He noted the IAEA reported “contained positive points and I believe that the Iranians and the International Atomic Energy Agency have developed cooperation in a logical manner and achieved the desired results. However,” he admitted, “the report also included some negative points and ambiguities which can provide a path for those who are seeking a pretext to prevent a diplomatic settlement of the nuclear issue.” Khatami insisted that Iran only wants to use nuclear energy for peaceful purposes and raised the issue as to why Israel is allowed possession of nuclear weapons.
There is no doubt the world has reason to be suspicious of an Iranian government headed by a man like Ahmadinejad. But, men like Khatami who reached out to western nations, including the United States, in an effort to establish peaceful relations, were rejected. The United States now lives with the consequences of a Bush policy that focused on warlike rhetoric rather than supporting forces of moderation in Iran.
Saudi Arabia has suggested to Iran a way out of the current impasse regarding activities within that nation to develop nuclear power. The Saudis are proposing that Iran join with the six nation Gulf Cooperation Council in a consortium of countries which would jointly develop uranium enrichment for peaceful nuclear purposes. President Ahmadinejad responded by saying, “We will be talking with our (Arab) friends” regarding the proposal and was willing to meet in Switzerland with interested parties. Muhamed El Baradi of the International Atomic Energy Agency reported to the Security Council that his investigations indicate Iran is still pursuing enrichment activities but of a low quality that is more appropriate for peaceful uses than for development of weapons.
Ahmadinejad has previously rejected Russian proposals for a consortium, but if he decides to join with fellow Arab nations it might be a simple way to avoid a nuclear confrontation with war hawks in the Bush administration who are itching for a fight with Iran. The IAEA report indicates if Iran is bent on atomic weapons it will take an additional one to two years so the world has some breathing room to resolve the problem. There is no need for immediate action.
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