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Iran joins the cartoon imbroglio by sanctioning itself
Posted by: McQ on Monday, February 06, 2006

The mullocracy of Iran, in reaction to the continued publishing of the cartoons depicting the Islamic prophet Mohammad has reacted in a decidedly unconventional manner:
Tehran, Feb.05 (ISNA)-Following the insults of some western countries' media to Holy Prophet of Islam, Iran's President, Dr. Ahmadi Nejad ordered Commerce Minister to set up a council on "reviewing and cancellation of economic contracts and commercial exchanges with these countries".
Yeah, that'll kill 'em. As others have noted, two major Danish exports are beer and ham, neither of which are going to suffer if Islamic countries boyott Danish products.

Meanwhile at the IAEA, 27 of 35 nations voted to refer Iran to the UN Security Council:
Teheran immediately reacted to the vote, saying it would curb UN inspections of its nuclear plants and pursue full-scale uranium enrichment.

Today's decision by the board of the 35-nation International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) marks a significant step on the road towards possible economic and political sanctions against Iran.

But no further action is expected until March, when Mohamed El Baradei, the IAEA chief, delivers a formal report on his inspectors' inquiries in Iran to the Security Council.

This delay is understood to have been a condition imposed by two of the Security Council members - China and Russia - in return for their support for referral, which they had previously opposed.
The three voting no? No surprises there:
Twenty-seven IAEA members voted in favour of referral. Only three nations — Cuba, Syria and Venezuela — voted against.
Five other nations abstained.
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Yet another example of the ineffectual actions of the "united nations". Indeed, if there is a more ineffectual organization on the face of the planet I don’t know of it.

Written By: Bithead
The DNC?
Written By: Chris
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Nelson Ascher has what seems to me to be a good take on what is holding up the NYT on the Cartoon War issue:
“Immediately after being deposed, but before going into exile, Khruschev had a brief and secret meeting with Brezhnez in the Kremlin.

He gave his successor the key to a secret drawer in his desk and told him: “I’m leaving you three letters numbered one to three in that drawer; if there’s some huge crisis in the USSR, a crisis that you cannot solve in the usual ways and with which you cannot cope at all, open the first letter and follow the instructions; do the same with the next letters if there are further crises”.

Some years later Brezhnev sees himself in the midst of such a crisis and opens the first letter. It says: “Blame me. Yours truly, Khruschev”. That’s what he does and he overcomes the crisis. Time passes and there’s a second crisis. The second letter reads: “Blame the Jews”. It works. Eventually, there’s a third crisis, even worse than the earlier ones. Brezhnev sees no way out and opens the third letter. It says: “Write three letters”.

Since it doesn’t look as if the cartoon crisis could be blamed on the US, Bush, the Jews, Sharon, the usual suspects, what will Europe and the MSM [NYT] do now: write three letters?”
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