IAEA says Iran on the brink of nukes; Ron Paul says 'offer friendship'

Thomas Lifson
The UN's nuclear watchdog, the IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency) is releasing a report this week on Iran's nuclear program, and leaked details reveal that thanks to assistance from foreign scientists, the mad mullahs are on the brink of possessing nuclear weapons. Joby Warrick reports in the Washington Post:

Intelligence provided to U.N. nuclear officials shows that Iran's government has mastered the critical steps needed to build a nuclear weapon, receiving assistance from foreign scientists to overcome key technical hurdles, according to Western diplomats and nuclear experts briefed on the findings.

Documents and other records provide new details on the role played by a former Soviet weapons scientist who allegedly tutored Iranians over several years on building high-precision detonators of the kind used to trigger a nuclear chain reaction, the officials and experts said. Crucial technology linked to experts in Pakistan and North Korea also helped propel Iran to the threshold of nuclear capability, they added.

The officials, citing secret intelligence provided over several years to the International Atomic Energy Agency, said the records reinforce concerns that Iran continued to conduct weapons-related research after 2003 - when, U.S. intelligence agencies believe, Iranian leaders halted such experiments in response to international and domestic pressures.

Rumors continue to swirl of a pre-emptive strike from Israel to destroy critical nuclear facilities, preventing the Twelvers in Iran from triggering nuclear Armageddon in order to bring about the return of the 12th Mahdi, and achieving the proclaimed goal of wiping Israel from the map.

Meanwhile, presidential candidate Ron Paul seems to believe that we can get along with Iran, that the Twelvers will renounce their deepest religious beliefs and give up their genocidal intentions toward Jews, if only we reach out to them in friendship. AP reports:

GOP presidential hopeful Ron Paul says "offering friendship" to Iran, not sanctions, would be a more fruitful to achieving peace with Tehran.

The Texas congressman says fears about Iran's nuclear program have been "blown out of proportion." He says tough penalties are a mistake because, as he says was the case in Iraq, they only hurt the local population and still paved a path to war.

When asked on "Fox News Sunday" what he would do to deter Iran's alleged nuclear ambitions, Paul said "maybe offering friendship to them."

I love Rep. Paul's positions on cutting federal spending. But his belief that American attitudes are at the root of the Iranians' madness is deeply mistaken.

The UN's nuclear watchdog, the IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency) is releasing a report this week on Iran's nuclear program, and leaked details reveal that thanks to assistance from foreign scientists, the mad mullahs are on the brink of possessing nuclear weapons. Joby Warrick reports in the Washington Post:

Intelligence provided to U.N. nuclear officials shows that Iran's government has mastered the critical steps needed to build a nuclear weapon, receiving assistance from foreign scientists to overcome key technical hurdles, according to Western diplomats and nuclear experts briefed on the findings.

Documents and other records provide new details on the role played by a former Soviet weapons scientist who allegedly tutored Iranians over several years on building high-precision detonators of the kind used to trigger a nuclear chain reaction, the officials and experts said. Crucial technology linked to experts in Pakistan and North Korea also helped propel Iran to the threshold of nuclear capability, they added.

The officials, citing secret intelligence provided over several years to the International Atomic Energy Agency, said the records reinforce concerns that Iran continued to conduct weapons-related research after 2003 - when, U.S. intelligence agencies believe, Iranian leaders halted such experiments in response to international and domestic pressures.

Rumors continue to swirl of a pre-emptive strike from Israel to destroy critical nuclear facilities, preventing the Twelvers in Iran from triggering nuclear Armageddon in order to bring about the return of the 12th Mahdi, and achieving the proclaimed goal of wiping Israel from the map.

Meanwhile, presidential candidate Ron Paul seems to believe that we can get along with Iran, that the Twelvers will renounce their deepest religious beliefs and give up their genocidal intentions toward Jews, if only we reach out to them in friendship. AP reports:

GOP presidential hopeful Ron Paul says "offering friendship" to Iran, not sanctions, would be a more fruitful to achieving peace with Tehran.

The Texas congressman says fears about Iran's nuclear program have been "blown out of proportion." He says tough penalties are a mistake because, as he says was the case in Iraq, they only hurt the local population and still paved a path to war.

When asked on "Fox News Sunday" what he would do to deter Iran's alleged nuclear ambitions, Paul said "maybe offering friendship to them."

I love Rep. Paul's positions on cutting federal spending. But his belief that American attitudes are at the root of the Iranians' madness is deeply mistaken.