From AFP: BAKU -- President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has said Iran will change its policies if asked to do so by the UN nuclear monitor. Ahmadinejad told journalists in the Azeri capital that Iran would pursue its civilian nuclear programme within the framework of the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and in coordination with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).
"It is natural if they want to put limitations on us (that), corresponding with those limitations, we will change our policies," he said Friday, according to the English-language translator at the press conference. [End excerpt]
Remember, the entire Bush strategy toward Iran has paralleled the Iraq machinations: an attempt to "wrong-foot" the Iranians goading them into some kind of reaction that could plausibly be framed as a pretext for war. (See this great Buzzflash interview with Mark Danner on the Downing Street Memos.) Remember too that their entire UN sideshow was dependent on Saddam refusing to allow WMD inspectors into the country. He called their bluff, and Bush and Blair then had to launch a blatantly illegal war without any UN sanction whatsoever.
Similarly, they have been trying to ratchet up the pressure on Iran, making increasingly draconian demands for strictures far beyond the requirements of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty of which Iran is a member. Again, the idea was to provoke the Iranians into taking steps that could be plausibly framed as attempts to build a nuclear weapon.
Now it looks as if the Iranians are about to call Bush's bluff. If they agree to accept IAEA limitations on their nuclear program, where will that leave the Bushist plan to use the Iranian "threat" as a political cudgel in the upcoming elections – and as the next logical step in their plan for "full spectrum dominance" of world energy sources? Once again, Bush (and most likely his now limping, three-legged lapdog, Blair) will be forced into an act of naked, barbaric agression.
But of course, they will be greatly aided, once again, by the American media's dutiful discarding of any inconvenient truths that undercut the warmongering scenario. ***