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Ugens citat: Steyn om "kooks with nukes", Iran, DK, etc.

Når det er svært at finde noget velformuleret at citere, kan vi bare gøre, som vi plejer: Stoppe hos Steyn.  Her er fra dagens kronik i Wall Street Journal:

“The bad cop/worse cop routine the mullahs and their hothead President Ahmadinejad are playing in this period of alleged negotiation over Iran’s nuclear program is the best indication of how all negotiations with Iran will go once they’re ready to fly. This is the nuclear version of the NRA bumper sticker: “Guns Don’t Kill People. People Kill People.” Nukes don’t nuke nations. Nations nuke nations. When the Argentine junta seized British sovereign territory in the Falklands, the generals knew that the United Kingdom was a nuclear power, but they also knew that under no conceivable scenario would Her Majesty’s Government drop the big one on Buenos Aires. The Argie generals were able to assume decency on the part of the enemy, which is a useful thing to be able to do.

But in any contretemps with Iran the other party would be foolish to make a similar assumption. That will mean the contretemps will generally be resolved in Iran’s favor. In fact, if one were a Machiavellian mullah, the first thing one would do after acquiring nukes would be to hire some obvious loon like President Ahmaddamatree to front the program. He’s the equivalent of the yobbo in the English pub who says, “Oy, mate, you lookin’ at my bird?” You haven’t given her a glance, or him; you’re at the other end of the bar head down in the Daily Mirror, trying not to catch his eye. You don’t know whether he’s longing to nut you in the face or whether he just gets a kick out of terrifying you into thinking he wants to. But, either way, you just want to get out of the room in one piece. Kooks with nukes is one-way deterrence squared.

If Belgium becomes a nuclear power, the Dutch have no reason to believe it would be a factor in, say, negotiations over a joint highway project. But Iran’s nukes will be a factor in everything. If you think, for example, the European Union and others have been fairly craven over those Danish cartoons, imagine what they’d be like if a nuclear Tehran had demanded a formal apology, a suitable punishment for the newspaper, and blasphemy laws specifically outlawing representations of the Prophet. Iran with nukes will be a suicide bomber with a radioactive waist.

Hårdt at være undertrykker

Det er ikke noget let job at være fængselschef i Den Islamiske Republik Iran. Fængslerne bugner med indsatte, allehånde undergravende og fredsforstyrende elementer, f.eks. den iranske journalist Akbar Ganji, der på fjerde år sidder indespærret for sine kritiske artikler om præstestyret. Præstestyret kan nemlig ikke lide journalister – særligt ikke de kritiske af slagsen – ligesom det af princip er afmålt i forhold til forfattere, videnskabsfolk eller kvinder for at nævne et par af de mest berygtede eksempler – og i løbet af bare fem år har regimet lukket over 100 aviser på grund af “blasfemi” og “fornærmelser” imod styret.

Nu forlyder det, at Akbar Ganji er døden nær efter at have sultestrejket for sin frihed i en måned, og flere personer, herunder den amerikanske præsident, kræver Ganji løsladt. Chefen for Teherans juridiske myndighed slår sig i tøjret. “Vi er ikke ligeglade med Ganjis situation”, forsikrer han, “men hvis vi accepterer hans løsladelse, vil vi ikke længere være i stand til at drive fængslerne”. Og det ville jo være en katastrofe. Manden fortsætter: “Hvad vil folk tro, hvis Ganji siger noget, Bush støtter ham, og vi derefter bøjer os?”. Nej, hverken rart eller opbyggeligt. At blive klogere er at tabe, og at tabe er at dø, vel at mærke uden de 77 ventende jomfruer. Det er i sandhed hårdt at være undertrykker.

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