Friday, September 01, 2006

And Britain also hopes Santa will give it a pony for Christmas

I don't know about you, but this headline seems both absurd and tragic to me:

Britain says it hopes for negotiated deal over Iran's uranium enrichment

The statement was actually by British Foreign Secretary Margaret Beckett, but I doubt she was speaking for herself only. This appears to be official British policy.

Perhaps Beckett's statement was merely an example of "keeping the temperature down" (a strategy of the West mentioned in this post), and not really meant as a true reflection of the expectations of the Western powers vis-a-vis Iran.

But then again, perhaps it was exactly what it sounds like: a dreamy pie-in-the-sky reflection of a befogged and befuddled--and bewitched, bothered, and bewildered--state of mind on the part of people who should know better.

But some are not quite so wishful in their thinking. Some have taken the measure of the West and judged it to be exactly as they had hoped--which is to say, not up to the fight ahead. The last sentence of the article reads as follows:

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Friday that his country would never give up its nuclear program and accused the West of lying when it claims Tehran is pursuing nuclear weapons.

Clear enough. So, let's talk!

(What's the relevance of the photo above? It's from a production of the definitive work on false hope, "Waiting for Godot." And it's written by another Beckett--Samuel, rather than Margaret.)

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