IAEA chief warns of "crazies" seeking Iran war

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Horhey

IAEA chief warns of "crazies" seeking Iran war

By Reuters

06/01/07 - -- LONDON, June 1 (
Reuters) - The United Nations nuclear watchdog chief warned on Friday against the "new crazies" advocating military action to halt Iran's nuclear programme and said he did not want to see another war like that in Iraq.

"I wake every morning and see 100 Iraqis, innocent civilians, are dying," International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) director Mohamed ElBaradei said in an interview for BBC Radio.

"I have no brief other than to make sure we don't go into another war or that we go crazy into killing each other. You do not want to give additional argument to new crazies who say 'let's go and bomb Iran'," he said in a documentary, excerpts from which were published on the BBC's Web site in advance.

Tehran has ignored repeated warnings and resolutions sponsored by world powers in the United Nations Security Council demanding that it cease uranium enrichment.

It was ElBaradei's strongest warning yet against the use of force. He has urged Western powers to consider allowing Iran limited enrichment he believes would pose no bomb proliferation risk and avert a feared slide into conflict.

The powers have rejected his proposal.

Iran says it is pursuing a nuclear programme to provide electricity. The West believes it is trying to build a nuclear bomb and is gearing up to draft a third round of U.N. sanctions against the Islamic Republic.

Enrichment is a process of refining uranium for power plants, or if taken to a very high degree, atom bombs. A report by ElBaradei's IAEA last week said Iran was expanding a campaign to install 3,000 enrichment centrifuges by mid-summer, laying a basis for "industrial-scale" fuel production.

In the BBC interview ElBaradei said a nuclear-armed Iran would be terrible but added the jury was still out as to whether the country even wanted atomic weapons.

He said one could not "bomb knowledge". Asked who the "new crazies" were he replied: "Those who have extreme views and say the only solution is to impose your will by force."

ElBaradei angered the United States, Britain and France by calling for a face-saving compromise that would cap Iranian enrichment activity at its current modest levels.

Diplomats said those three countries, as well as Japan, sent envoys to stress to ElBaradei that the U. N. Security Council resolution urging an immediate halt to Iran's nuclear activities was law, adopted unanimously, and should enjoy his support.

In Germany earlier this week, U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice indirectly chided ElBaradei by saying "the IAEA is not an agency that is negotiating with the Iranians. That is being done under a Security Council resolution by six states".

IAEA chief warns of "crazies" seeking Iran war
 
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dog_canyon

If Bush and Cheney give orders to attack Iran, the US Army should arrest and execute them.
 
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Migi e!

Ok, I'll ask on this one.
Why did this guy not report this during the 90's when thsi stuff was really getting started in the news?
Saddam did have WMDs, he used them. How do we know that the WMDs weren't shipped to Syria or someplace else, gawd knows he was given enough warning time.
 
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Distressed American

This was on my dupe thread. But, adding it here makes sense:


This is one of the guys that were telling the world that Saddam did not have WMD stockpiles or active programs. He said over and over that our invasions would not be justified by the WMD issue in any way. He urged us not to do it. He said it would be both illegal under the UN charter and an extrememly ill advised foreign policy move.

He was right on all counts.

For telling those truths, he was viciously attacked by the right wing who asserted that he was corrupt, in Saddam's pocket, etc.

We did not listen to him when he warned us. We went in anyway and found nothing but years of death and destruction.

Maybe we will take his warnings a bit more seriously this time, given that his track record is so good on the issue.

Of course, he would have been better spoken to refer to them as "neocrazies". Much more to the point IMO.
 
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Migi e!

I don't think he's corrupt, i wouldn't know, but i do wonder how he knows the WMDs that were there wern't "spitited" away?
 
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Distressed American

Ok, I'll ask on this one.
Why did this guy not report this during the 90's when thsi stuff was really getting started in the news?
Saddam did have WMDs, he used them. How do we know that the WMDs weren't shipped to Syria or someplace else, gawd knows he was given enough warning time.
I'm not sure what you are asking here exactly re the 1990's.

There have been no credible reports that any material was moved out to Syria and we have full access to his records, scientists, military commanders etc.

It is a hypothetical that Bush war supporters keep bringing up as if it justifies all of the bogus info we were fed on WMD. "Hey, maybe it WAS right (despite everything we know and the fact that no credible evidence exists)!"

Is it possible to disprove that negative? Not without invading Syria and getting access to all of their papers, scientists, etc.

But, that was the same logic that was used for Iraq now wasn't it. elBaradai (the guy whose job it was to confirm or deny the reports) said the stuff was not there. People did not believe that and insisted on seeing for themselves.

How'd that work out?
 
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mdmx96

I'm not sure what you are asking here exactly re the 1990's.

There have been no credible reports that any material was moved out to Syria and we have full access to his records, scientists, military commanders etc.

It is a hypothetical that Bush war supporters keep bringing up as if it justifies all of the bogus info we were fed on WMD. "Hey, maybe it WAS right (despite everything we know and the fact that no credible evidence exists)!"

Is it possible to disprove that negative? Not without invading Syria and getting access to all of their papers, scientists, etc.

But, that was the same logic that was used for Iraq now wasn't it. elBaradai (the guy whose job it was to confirm or deny the reports) said the stuff was not there. People did not believe that and insisted on seeing for themselves.

How'd that work out?
Hmmm...invade Syria...I like the way you think.
 
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johnlocke

IAEA chief warns of "crazies" seeking Iran war

By Reuters

06/01/07 - -- LONDON, June 1 (Reuters) - The United Nations nuclear watchdog chief warned on Friday against the "new crazies" advocating military action to halt Iran's nuclear programme and said he did not want to see another war like that in Iraq.

"I wake every morning and see 100 Iraqis, innocent civilians, are dying," International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) director Mohamed ElBaradei said in an interview for BBC Radio.

"I have no brief other than to make sure we don't go into another war or that we go crazy into killing each other. You do not want to give additional argument to new crazies who say 'let's go and bomb Iran'," he said in a documentary, excerpts from which were published on the BBC's Web site in advance.

Tehran has ignored repeated warnings and resolutions sponsored by world powers in the United Nations Security Council demanding that it cease uranium enrichment.

It was ElBaradei's strongest warning yet against the use of force. He has urged Western powers to consider allowing Iran limited enrichment he believes would pose no bomb proliferation risk and avert a feared slide into conflict.

The powers have rejected his proposal.

Iran says it is pursuing a nuclear programme to provide electricity. The West believes it is trying to build a nuclear bomb and is gearing up to draft a third round of U.N. sanctions against the Islamic Republic.

Enrichment is a process of refining uranium for power plants, or if taken to a very high degree, atom bombs. A report by ElBaradei's IAEA last week said Iran was expanding a campaign to install 3,000 enrichment centrifuges by mid-summer, laying a basis for "industrial-scale" fuel production.

In the BBC interview ElBaradei said a nuclear-armed Iran would be terrible but added the jury was still out as to whether the country even wanted atomic weapons.

He said one could not "bomb knowledge". Asked who the "new crazies" were he replied: "Those who have extreme views and say the only solution is to impose your will by force."

ElBaradei angered the United States, Britain and France by calling for a face-saving compromise that would cap Iranian enrichment activity at its current modest levels.

Diplomats said those three countries, as well as Japan, sent envoys to stress to ElBaradei that the U. N. Security Council resolution urging an immediate halt to Iran's nuclear activities was law, adopted unanimously, and should enjoy his support.

In Germany earlier this week, U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice indirectly chided ElBaradei by saying "the IAEA is not an agency that is negotiating with the Iranians. That is being done under a Security Council resolution by six states".

IAEA chief warns of "crazies" seeking Iran war
Gosh, if only we had someone in CIA counter proliferation who could look into this claim. You know, someone with the connections to find out if there really is a "there-there" to this claim...
 
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Migi e!

I'm not sure what you are asking here exactly re the 1990's.

There have been no credible reports that any material was moved out to Syria and we have full access to his records, scientists, military commanders etc.

It is a hypothetical that Bush war supporters keep bringing up as if it justifies all of the bogus info we were fed on WMD. "Hey, maybe it WAS right (despite everything we know and the fact that no credible evidence exists)!"

Is it possible to disprove that negative? Not without invading Syria and getting access to all of their papers, scientists, etc.

But, that was the same logic that was used for Iraq now wasn't it. elBaradai (the guy whose job it was to confirm or deny the reports) said the stuff was not there. People did not believe that and insisted on seeing for themselves.

How'd that work out?
Many people in this country/government during the 90's & leaders from several other countries said that Saddam had WMDs, i was just wondering why the fact that he didn't have them wasn't reported by inspectors. Remember, Scott Ridder at the time swore that there were WMDs, then changed his story after recieving hundreds of thousands of $$ from an Iraqi American for a documentary. I remember the senate hearing with Ridder too, it's confusing.