The West Continues To Pussy-Foot
By Alan Simons
APRIL 11, 2008 – There’s a well-known Persian proverb: “Risk – If one has to jump a stream and knows how wide it is, he will not jump. If he doesn’t know how wide it is, he’ll jump and six times out of ten he’ll make it.”
How many more times will Iranian President Ahmadinejad be allowed to jump? Well, it would seem Ahmadinejad regards himself as the undisputed Prince of all jumpers – that is bungee jumping.
I understand a bungee jump can be separated into three different stages: Free fall, body deceleration, and upward movement. So far Ahmadinejad has accomplished all three without injury. However, his refusal to halt his country’s nuclear ambitions and his willingness to cooperate with other Islamic countries in developing nuclear technology, (see the two jewishinfonews items at the foot of this article), has surely raised questions about his safety and risk of continuing to jump.
The Bungee Club
Yet, while the West continues to pussy-foot and watch the antics of Iran’s president and his lieutenants bungee jump all over the world, Iran continues to find as many non-aligned UN friends as they can by handing out quid pro quo deals of ‘mutual interest’ with Belarus, Venezuela, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Jordan, South Africa, to name just a few. And of course, we mustn’t forget other members of the Bungee Club: Hezbollah, Palestinian Islamic Jihad and Hamas.
Iran’s military pact with Sudan
In addition and more significantly, earlier this month Iran signed a military pact ‘a strategic jewel’ with Sudan. As reported in debka.com:
“For years Tehran has been building up its military ties with Khartoum with an eye on its geopolitical assets: a long coast on the Red Sea, a main sea lanes to the Persian Gulf, a Muslim nation located opposite Saudi Arabia and next door to Egypt; Sudan’s command of oil resources and the White Nile, a major water source for an entire African region. This strategic jewel finally dropped into Iran’s fundamentalist lap.” http://debka.com/article.php?aid=1343
Sports medicine practitioners will tell you that serious injuries to head, trunk, and lower extremities resulting from bungee jumping often lead to permanent disabilities. One must wonder if this month’s signing of the Iranian-Sudanese military pact will accelerate a sooner-than-later decision to permanently disable Iran’s thirst for bungee jumping. And if so, will Iran’s friends come to its aid.
Awhile back Major-General Vinod Saighal, a former general director of the Indian army’s military training and commander-in-chief of peacekeeping forces in the Near East said:
“The Arabs or the Sunni Muslim nations are not going to lose any sleep should Iran go under, really go under. . . When the chips are down nobody is going to come to its aid.”
April 9, 2008 – Iran announces 6000 nuclear centrifuges have been installed
(Bicom) -Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad yesterday announced the installation of 6,000 new centrifuges at Iran’s uranium enrichment plant in Natanz. Ahmadinejad also claimed that Iran has successfully tested a new and improved centrifuge, which works five times faster than previous models. Western officials did not immediately confirm the reliability of either claims, but if true, they would present a major acceleration in Iranian nuclear efforts.
June 26, 2006 – Iran ready to cooperate with other Islamic countries in developing nuclear technology
(Antara News)- Iranian Research and Technology Minister Mohammad M. Zahedi said his country was ready to cooperate with other Islamic countries in development of advanced technology, including nuclear technology. “We are ready to cooperate with all Islamic countries on advanced technology, including nuclear because knowledge about nuclear power is also advanced technology,” Zahedi said during a visit to the Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB) here Thursday.