After Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei takes the time to personally issue a threat to the west, we are left with nothing but confusion.
Iran did not test any weapons, they did not announce any weapons, they did not present any new information; Iran simply said that they consider themselves a nuclear nation.
You are forgiven if you are not “stunned.”
Actually, they said that they are capable of enriching uranium to the levels needed to make a bomb, but that they are not going to make the bomb.
“We don’t enrich because we don’t need it…When we say we do not manufacture the bomb, we mean it, and we do not believe in manufacturing a bomb. If we wanted to manufacture a bomb we would announce it,” Ahmadinejad said.
So, to sum it up, the shocking announcement amounted to; “We are a nuclear nation because we can now make a bomb if we want to. But we don’t want to because we don’t need it. If we ever were to decide that we want to, we will warn you first, in the form of a clear and articulate announcement. Thank you for coming, don’t forget to tip your waitress.”
Your humble conservative examiner offered pregame predictions ranging from an attack to nothing. What we got was somehow not in any category. We got nothing, packaged as something which still did not shock us. We got confusion and contradiction. We get enough confusion and contradiction from our president. We do not need leaders of rouge Islamic nations breaking promises to us as well.
More significant than the non-story that was the ‘stunning punch,’ was the video trickling out of Iranian protests and the government’s draconian efforts to stop it.
Video of protesters filling the streets, shouting death to dictator, destroying banners of Khamenei and crowds with fires in the background are all over the web in spite of extreme efforts at censorship.
According to a French news source called The Observers, Iran has blocked websites and channels and interfered with SMS capabilities in an apparent effort to keep accounts and video of the mayhem from getting to the west.
If you are looking for some suggested motivation behind Iran’s confusing behavior . . . I got nothing. Maybe they are trying to cry wolf so much that we just stop listening when an Iranian leader says the word “nuclear.”
Maybe they were trying to give the west something to talk about instead of the protest (in which case they clearly failed).
Maybe they are just starved for our attention and will do anything to get it, even if it means being a bad little rouge nation.
Maybe it was a drunken prank. Khamenei lost a bet and Ahmadinejad made him deliver the idle threat this time.
I guess that was not nothing. It was not much though.
Maybe it was nothing, packaged as something.
More confusion to come soon from our favorite ticking time-bomb in the Middle East.
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