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Sunday, November 24, 2013

It must be good news... they signed something!

Baroness Catherine Ashton of Upholland, the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy for the European Union, returned from marathon meetings with Iranian representatives to make the following triumphant speech:

"The settlement of the Iranian problem, which has now been achieved is, in my view, only the prelude to a larger settlement in which the whole world may find peace. This morning I had another talk with the Iranian President, Mujtahid Hassan Rouhani and here is the paper which bears his name upon it as well as mine. Some of you, perhaps, have already heard what it contains but I would just like to read it to you: ' ... We regard the agreement signed last night as symbolic of the desire of our peoples never to go to war with one another again...

My good friends, for the first time since President Jimmy Carter allowed himself  to be held hostage in his own White House, a diplomat has returned from meetings with Iran bringing peace with honour. I believe it is peace for our time. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts. Go home and get a nice quiet sleep." *

Ashton and friends

I, for one, am deeply relieved. 

Oh, in case anyone is concerned with those pesky details, at present it is being reported that in return for signing the proffered piece of paper in a legible manner, Iran will immediately receive sanction relief to the tune of $4.2 billion in foreign exchange, and is also expected to receive limited sanctions relief on gold, petrochemicals and autos with a value of an additional $1.5 billion in revenue.  Iran will not, however have to cease Uranium enrichment or dismantle any of their existing nuclear facilities... although they have pinky sworn to limit enrichment to no more than 5% and not to install new centrefuges in a few named facilities (leaving open the possibility of doing so in unnamed facilities).  

Further, going forward, Iran has agreed to play a more fair game of 'hide the nuclear facilities' with visiting International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) inspectors who have complained in the past that "the way those Iranian chaps play the game just isn't cricket".

*  By the way, if you don't recognize the format and tone of the ersatz speech I posted here, you need to brush up on your history.

Posted by David Bogner on November 24, 2013 | Permalink

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Obviously, Baroness Chamberlain, err, I mean Ashton, doesn't understand the lesson that history teaches us many things, but especially repetition. Unfortunately, nothing has really changed has it? You don't seem to post much these days, David (observation, not criticism), so nice to see a quick response! Kind regard to all your family.

Posted by: Ken | Nov 24, 2013 12:19:38 PM

The photo is almost as pathetic as the agreement.Deja vu all over again to quote Yogi.

Posted by: Ed | Nov 24, 2013 5:59:11 PM

Agree with you 1000% and Ken's comment. "Smiles everyone! It's Fantasy Island!"

"pinky sworn" - you are too good David. Lol!

It'd be hilarious if we weren't talking Nuclear Bombs. And perhaps that's the problem. Everyone is speaking about Iran's natural right to 'enrichment' and 'atomic energy.'

If the press had accurately called the threat by its names, "Nuclear Bomb", "Suitcase Bombs" or "Dirty Weapons" whipped up Americans' fear and the reality of a terror funding Country that undermined the victory and killed our soldiers and thousands of Iraqis, not to mention Israelis via proxies becoming capable of producing and G-d Forbid exporting these weapons, then perhaps our Leaders' hands would have been tied behind their backs and unable to sign.

What was the big rush! That was what George Schultz just wrote in the WSJ last Thursday!

Americans were watching The Hunger Games...

Posted by: Moshe Eliovson | Nov 25, 2013 12:29:13 PM

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