Ahmadinejad Says West Unable to Act Against Iran

This guy is a hoot! Maybe he thinks if he says that the West cannot invade Iran, it won’t really happen.

The Western powers are unable to act against Iran, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Friday morning, the day after the end of a deadline set by the UN Security Council to halt its nuclear program.

On the backdrop of the increase in the United States’ military pressure, as nine warships arrived in the Persian Gulf, Ahmadinejad spoke in the city of Golpaygan and said that “the Iranians are living in faith and unity under the leadership of Iran’s spiritual leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, and therefore the world powers will not be able to make life difficult for them.”

On Thursday, the Iranian president ruled out out even a brief halt in his country’s nuclear program, saying it would hand a victory to the country’s enemies who seek to prevent Iran from becoming a world power.

The ISNA news agency reported that the Iranian president referred to the Security Council’s resolutions as “having no influence.”

According to Ahmadinejad, “These sanctions will surely hurt them (the Western countries) more than they hear us, and will bear no fruit.”

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6 Responses to “Ahmadinejad Says West Unable to Act Against Iran”

  1. michael says:

    The West doesn’t need to invade; there is already enough US Naval power off their coast to destroy their navy and air force, and strangle their economy. The Iranian gov’t just needs to have that fact show to them openly.

  2. Beth says:

    I hope that you are right. I have a feeling that Ahmadinejad (I hate trying to spell that name) doesnt care how much force the US shows – he will sacrifice his people (in the name of Allah of course) to try to prove that he has power (even though I believe his power cannot compare to those who will come against him). But I do hope you are right.

  3. michael says:

    Go to wikipedia, and look up “operation praying mantis”
    It was a naval battle between US and Iranian forces in April, 1988. It led directly to Iran’s withdrawal from the Iran-Iraq war.
    They back down when they are confronted directly.

  4. Beth says:

    Thanks for the info., Michael. This is one time I hope history repeats itself! Have a great day!!!!
    Beth

  5. Roderick V. Louis says:

    “FIXING IRAQ REQUIRES USA ‘SHARING’ LEADERSHIP”

    The disastrous ‘occupation of Iraq’ needs to be ‘done right’- not irresponsibly abandoned.

    After WW II, the Allied occupation of defeated Germany & Japan lasted much longer than Iraq’s occupation has so far.

    The main differences between, for example, Japan’s 1945-‘52 occupation & Iraq 2003-‘07 is that the occupiers of Japan went in knowing they needed to establish a functional democratic governance model, & they believed that establishing democracy… involved facilitating positive change IN ALL AREAS OF JAPANESE LIFE + were prepared to provide for many years- the huge levels of resources required for this:

    http://www.columbia.edu/itc/eacp/japanworks/japan/japanworkbook/modernhist/occupation.html

    In Iraq, unfortunately, it appears that occupation decision-makers believed- or hoped- that a human-rights-based democratic-governance-model would just fall into place on its own… without realistic levels of resources- or detailed planning- provided by the occupiers & without years of occupier-enforced positive changes in all areas of Iraqi life.

    Worse, there was no overt recognition that successful democratization would necessitate a prolonged, extensive troop presence.

    Why prolonged & extensive? Because setting loose the freedoms of any people- inclined to democracy or not- who have for decades been subjugated to the whims & abuses of a barbaric dictator & his accomplices can only result in an unprincipled, often greedy grab for power by some of those previously subjugated.

    To avoid this & the chaos resulting, the INSTITUTION OF A TEMPORARY NATIONAL CONSTITUTION with a boilerplate set of secular laws; articulated human-rights; & national-cohesion-mandating clauses was necessary + needed to be held-in-place (for years) while Iraqi society became acclimatized to their new democratic environment & the country as a whole developed “democratic inertia”.

    Part of the reason this didn’t occur is that it would have mandated adequate (ie massive) levels of troops/reconstruction experts-> numbers large enough to maintain peace while facilitating the establishment of new, fully-enfranchised civic, provincial & national governments & their infrastructures; as well as conducting a national census & setting up functional social services delivery structures for vital basics such as health, education, sewers, electricity & water delivery.

    The troop numbers needed for the above are far above what the USA, United Kingdom & allies could comfortably commit to- after the refusal of major military powers such as France, Russia & Germany to take part.

    Now, in 2007, the melt-down of an inadequately resourced, insufficiently planned occupation of Iraq is in full swing- with far reaching egregious results… potentially effecting not only the innocent citizenry of Iraq & countries of its region, but also- disastrously- the wider world.

    What is needed?? An acknowledgment by the developed world (esp G8 & Nato) that:

    – the unconscienceable problems in Iraq are of direct concern to all & are of such a serious nature that coordinated, expensive intervention is warranted;

    – ‘fixing Iraq’ requires fixing Iraq’s region’s most destructive & urgent problems- no matter what the cost in ego’s or $$;

    – countries neighboring Iraq need to be brought into strategic cooperation with its occupiers.

    To achieve strategic cooperation, the occupiers’
    ‘deputizing’ Iran &/or Syria is unrealistic & likely unworkable. But, neutralizing these pivotal,
    influential countries’ decades-old enmity & hostility towards the USA/allies is vital.

    How? Led by the UK, the developed world ought to:

    – offer Iran the 2012 Olympics, with guaranties of significant logistical & financial support. Other states in the region could participate, with a regional Olympic games an objective;

    – offer both Iran (& N Korea) the rights to be exclusive locations for the International Thermonuclear Energy Research project (ITER, http://www.iter.org, in planning stages, recently awarded to Cadarache, France).

    Doing this would in effect call-their-bluff about needing secretive nuclear technology development programmes. The ITER project is ‘international’ by its design & nature, thereby enabling competent oversight-> precluding misuse of the project’s resources.

    – Additionally, offer to pay for & partner-in-the-building-of significant infrastructure for (N Korea, & possibly) Iran, of a type that will instill national-prestige, as well as facilitating an improved connectedness- both physical & psychological- to the outside world.

    Offering the ITER project & the 2012 Olympics + committing to pay-for & partner in building infrastructure would go a long way to eliminating these countries’ (+ Islam nations/people’s) perceptions of threat-> removing motivations for nuclear weapons & long-range missile programmes &/or counterproductively interfering in Iraq.

    Roderick V. Louis,
    Vancouver, Canada
    ceo@patientempowermentsociety.com
    _________________
    “FIXING IRAQ REQUIRES NON-USA LEADERSHIP”

    The disastrous ‘occupation of Iraq’ needs to be ‘done right’- not irresponsibly abandoned.

    After WW II, the Allied occupation of defeated Germany & Japan lasted much longer than Iraq’s occupation has so far.

    The main differences between, for example, Japan’s 1945-‘52 occupation & Iraq ‘03-‘07 is that the occupiers of Japan went in knowing they needed to establish a functional democratic governance model, & “The (occupiers) believed that establishing democracy…involved change IN ALL AREAS OF JAPANESE LIFE” + were prepared to provide the huge levels of resources required for this:

    http://www.columbia.edu/itc/eacp/japanworks/japan/japanworkbook/modernhist/occupation.html

    In Iraq, unfortunately, it appears that occupation decision-makers believed- or hoped- that a human-rights-based democratic-governance-model would just fall into place on its own… without realistic levels of resources- or detailed planning- provided by the occupiers & without years of occupier-enforced positive changes in all areas of Iraqi life.

    There was no overt recognition that successful democratization would necessitate a prolonged, extensive troop presence.

    Why prolonged & extensive? Because setting loose the freedoms of any people- inclined to democracy or not- who have for decades been subjugated to the whims & abuses of a barbaric dictator & his accomplices can only result in an unprincipled, often greedy grab for power by some of those previously subjugated.

    To avoid this & the chaos resulting, the INSTITUTION OF A TEMPORARY NATIONAL CONSTITUTION with a boilerplate set of secular laws; articulated human-rights; & national-cohesion-mandating clauses was necessary + needed to be held-in-place (for years) while Iraqi society became acclimatized to their new democratic environment & the country as a whole developed “democratic inertia”.

    Part of the reason this didn’t occur is that it would’ve mandated adequate (i massive) levels of troops/reconstruction experts- numbers large enough to maintain peace while facilitating the establishment of new, fully-enfranchised civic, provincial & national governments & their infrastructures; as well as conducting a national census & setting up functional social services delivery structures for vital basics such as health, education, sewers, electricity & water delivery.

    The troop numbers needed for the above are far above what the USA, UK & allies could comfortably commit to- after the refusal of major military powers such as France, Russia & Germany to take part. Now, in 2007, the melt-down of an inadequately resourced, insufficiently planned occupation of Iraq is in full swing- with far reaching egregious results… potentially effecting not only the innocent citizenry of Iraq & countries of its region but also- disastrously- the wider world.

    What is needed?? An acknowledgment by the developed world (esp G8 & Nato) that:

    – the unconscienceable problems in Iraq are of direct concern to all & are of such a serious nature that coordinated, expensive intervention from is warranted & required;

    – ‘fixing Iraq’ requires fixing Iraq’s region’s most egregious & urgent problems- no matter what the cost in ego’s or $$;

    – countries neighboring Iraq need to be brought into strategic cooperation with its occupiers.

    To achieve strategic cooperation, the occupiers’ ‘deputizing’ Iran &/or Syria is unrealistic & likely unworkable.

    But, neutralizing these pivotal, influential countries’ decades-old enmity & hostility towards the USA/allies is vital.

    How? Led by the UK, the developed world ought to:

    – offer Iran the 2012 Olympics, with guaranties of significant logistical & financial support. Other states in the region could participate, with a regional Olympic games an objective;

    – offer both Iran & N Korea the rights to be exclusive locations for the International Thermonuclear Energy Research project (ITER, http://www.iter.org, in planning stages, recently awarded to Cadarache, France).

    Doing this would in effect call-their-bluff about needing secretive nuclear technology development programmes. The ITER project is ‘international’ by its design & nature, thereby enabling competent oversight-> precluding misuse of the project’s resources.
    – Additionally, offer to pay for & partner-in-the-building-of significant infrastructure for N Korea, & possibly Iran, of a type that will instill national-prestige, as well as facilitating an improved connectedness- both physical & psychological- to the outside world.

    Offering the ITER project & the 2012 Olympics + committing to pay-for & partner in building infrastructure would go a long way to eliminating these countries’ (+ Islam nations/people’s) perceptions of threat-> removing motivations for nuclear weapons & long-range missile programmes &/or counterproductively interfering in Iraq.

    Roderick V. Louis,
    Vancouver, Canada,
    ceo@patientempowermentsociety.com

  6. Steve says:

    Roderick,
    Thanks for the comment. I don’t agree completely with your solutions, but I agree that the democratizing of Iraq was a project well beyond the 30 second attention span of mainstream America.

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