Saturday, October 29, 2005

Blair reprimands Ahmadinejad

EU got into the act on Iran today with Tony Blair’s warning that the world will not allow them to undermine international peace and security. I had said in my earlier post how Iran’s President Ahmadinejad’s comments about wiping Israel off the map will further aggravate instability. In fact, Blair used this episode to get his own agenda into action by publicly stating this:

"There has been a long time in which I have been answering questions on Iran with everyone saying to me 'Tell us you are not going to do anything about Iran'. If they carry on like this the question people are going to be asking us is 'When are you going to do something about this?'. Can you imagine a state like that with an attitude like that, having a nuclear weapon?"

It confounds one to think that a country’s President would make such provocative remarks. Iran must tender an unconditional apology to tide over this wholly unnecessary crisis.

Meanwhile, a note of sanity from the First Deputy President of Iran Parviz Davoodi. In a meeting with External Affairs Minister Natwar Singh on the sidelines of the meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization in Moscow, Davoodi has assured India that the latter’s vote against Iran at the IAEA Summit in Vienna is a minor irritant between the two countries and will not affect long-term ties. This is a breath of fresh air from the Iranian leadership, some of who, as the Ahmadinejad episode demonstrates, have been speaking in public only to incite.

Saeed Naqvi, writing in today’s IE, says that India should not have voted against Iran because it doesn’t behoove a country of India’s strategic stature (he alludes to India’s candidature of the UNSC) to have “buckled under US pressure”. I disagree. Foreign Secretary Saran has made it amply clear in the course of the past few days what the compulsions vis-à-vis this deal were. It would be hypocritical of India to raise a hue and cry against Pakistan without taking at least a guarded view of Iran’s nuclear weapons program. This is my only point of contention in an otherwise well-written article, in which Naqvi is justifying his recent spate of what one of his admirers says are “Muslim, Muslim” articles.


sudhansh said...

all the UNSC guys are giving Ahmadinejad a dose. deservedly! who says a country should be "wiped off"?! its like saying given a chance we can wipe off a country and thats certainly not the message iran wants to give to the world at this time. anyway you have a great blog going here, just started as i can see. are you a journalist? can i read more of you somewhere?

Vikram Johri said...

Hi Sudhansh, I am an aspiring journo, yes. Thanks for the appreciation. I have some tidbits scattered around the web, but for the most part, any serious views you wish to read- this is the place. See you around.