By Barry Rubin
This is not just another slap, it is a hitting over the head with a two by four. It's getting pretty obvious that
At some point in history, perhaps Western leaders, academics, and intellectuals will understand this. How about today?
After all, the Iranian regime has now approved a plan to build 10 new uranium enrichment facilities (start building five; start planning five more). Get it? You criticize us for building one, so our answer is to build 10. You criticize us for building one in secret, so we do it right before your eyes.
What are you going to do about it? Come and get me, copper! You don't like it? Go drink the
It should be noted that this probably isn't going to happen. When the regime starts talking about 500,000 centrifuges that is a fantasy, so is the idea of building ten facilities. It's a largely--but not necessarily totally--demagogic response. Yet it also indicates the likelihood that
Of course another motive is that if you build multiple facilities it is harder to bomb them and destroy your weapons'-building capability.
The key point is that we have now reached the definitive point where
But what is the American response to this and other such developments? Here it is, admittedly an interim position, from a senior
"If carried out, this [action] would constitute yet another violation of
How about this from a senior official at Rubin Reports: "There remains a fleeting opportunity for the international community, following U.S. leadership, to stop Iran from changing the entire strategic balance in the Middle East and unleashing decades of bloody wars and revolutions, if only it would make that choice,"
Let's be generous. Up to this point it is somewhere between possible and likely that the Obama Administration didn't understand, due to its world view, what it was up against. This can no longer be true. From now on inaction must be attributed to fear of getting tough and facing a crisis.
Barry Rubin is director of the Global Research in International Affairs (GLORIA) Center and editor of the Middle East Review of International Affairs (MERIA) Journal.
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