Monday, March 13, 2006

John Simpson must go

Here’s the BBC ‘s World Affairs editor John Simpson writing about Iran. Remind you of anything? (Clue - Europe, 1930s)

It looks pretty likely now that Iran will soon become a nuclear power, in spite of the best efforts of the West. So what happens now? Let's have a look at some of the questions that arise…

Does President Ahmadinejad really want to wipe Israel off the map?

Certainly - if he could. But he and his government know it is impossible.

Despite its posturing, Iran is not a great military power. It has few of the logistical and strategic systems needed to threaten a distant country, and Israel is well-equipped to defend itself.

As for Mr Ahmadinejad's veiled threats to take revenge on the West for the pressure on his government, they are just rhetoric too.

So Iran will become a nuclear power “in spite of the best efforts of the West” (I bet Simpson took particular pleasure writing that) and yet he still claims there's nothing to fear from the supremacist nutter who runs the country.

Read it all.

Lord Rothermere would have been proud of him.


Blogger Wolfie said...

Whatever you think of Simpson (his personal view that is) or even of the Iranian regime I thought it was quite accurate analysis so it looks like he was doing his job reasonably competently. The truth is we have much more to worry about in Pakistan than Iran, the former is very close to civil war but because the current regime is compliant to American requirements the media seems blinded to the risks there.

11:33 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Despite its posturing, Iran is not a great military power"

Well then nows the time invade, before they become one.

1:07 pm  
Blogger DFH said...

I disagree, wolfie. Here’s Orwell (quoting him a lot today for some reason) : “Pacifist propaganda usually boils down to saying that one side is as bad as the other, but if one looks closely at the writings of younger intellectual pacifists, one finds that they do not by any means express impartial disapproval but are directed almost entirely against Britain and the United States.” Simpson’s rose-tinted analysis of Iran seems uncomfortably similar to the propaganda Orwell noticed coming from those “younger intellectual pacifists”. Simpson concludes that "some (unnamed) European governments are already worried that President Bush's advisers will see this crisis as a way of restoring his fortunes in time for the US mid-term elections in November.” The message Simpson wants to convey is clear - Iran + nuclear weapons = not so bad, Bush + elections = horror of horrors!

Of course Pakistan is a serious worry, but playing down Iran's threat won't help.

2:05 pm  
Blogger Blithering Bunny said...

The best efforts of the West? Where does the EU's nobbling of America fit into that? Hate to see it's worst attempt.

6:42 pm  
Blogger DFH said...

Scott - Hate to see its worst attempt.

There's time.

3:58 pm  

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