President Ahmadinejad gave one of his normal anti-Israel and anti-US speeches in which he indicated his nation would never submit to any proposal which denies it the right to use atomic energy. “The Iranian nation favors talks but it won’t negotiate over its definite and legal nuclear rights.” He also claimed his nation was only interested in peaceful uses of nuclear energy and had no interest in atomic bombs. Ahmadinejad was speaking on Al-Quds Day(Jerusalem Day) and launched into a bitter attack on Israel in which he urged Jews to move to Alaska or Europe since they had no right to any land in the Middle East.
It is still debatable whether or not Iran is engaged in nuclear bomb development, it is not debatable that it is engaged in nuclear development. From the Iranian perspective, the United States just granted India the right to continue its nuclear weapons program without being forced to undergo inspection. India, Pakistan, and Israel have atomic weapons — Israel obtain its weapons due to assistance from France, not the United States. It is interesting to note that after French Foreign Minister Kouchner expressed admiration for Iran, Ahmadinejad said he was willing to talk with France. Step one in moving toward ending further development of atomic weapons in the region is ceasing rhetoric and threats. Ahmadinejad’s comments concerning Israel are nonsense and are best ignored in the same manner intelligent Americans ignore Bush’s ranting about spreading democracy in the world. Step two, is moving toward negotiations. I realize critics will denounce me as an appeaser — Ahmadinejad does not run Iran, clerics like the Ayatollah Khamenei are in charge. Let’s deal with the real bosses, not the stooges.