Sunday, January 03, 2010

Ahmadinejad Spits in Obama's 'Open Hand'

Iran issues an ultimatum to the West:
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - Iran set a one-month deadline Saturday for the West to accept its counterproposal to a U.N.-drafted nuclear plan and warned that otherwise it will produce reactor fuel at a higher level of enrichment on its own.
The warning was a show of defiance and a hardening of Iran's stance over its nuclear program, which the West fears masks an effort to develop a nuclear weapons capability. Tehran insists its program is only for peaceful purposes, such as electricity production, and says it has no intention of making a bomb.
The trouble with this kind of brinksmanship is that, sometimes, even a weak, cowardly man holding a big gun can be frightened into pulling the trigger.