We have been led to believe that the oil rich Iran led by Ahmadinejad is merely following a civilian nuclear strategy, but Michael Goldfarb of the Weekly Standard has found proof of what we already knew to be the truth in the matter:
Iran’s envoy to the UN atomic watchdog caused a buzz among journalists on Wednesday when he apparently misspoke and said his country had the right to a nuclear weapon.
After saying as usual that Iran was only pursuing nuclear energy for civilian purposes, Ali Asghar Soltanieh strayed alarmingly from the Islamic republic’s usual line.
“The whole Iranian nation are united… on (the) inalienable right of (having a) nuclear weapon,” the envoy to the UN’s International Atomic Energy Agency said.
“Apparently misspoke” or made a Freudian slip? What he clearly meant to say was, “nuclear technology”.
Because the whole Iranian nation is not united on the right to a nuclear weapon. At least not according to this Bloomberg report:
The election turmoil is pitting the Islamic republic’s ruling clergy against young Iranians and more educated voters who want social freedom and better ties with the West.
Ahmadinejad’s opponents accuse the 52-year-old of wrecking the economy, which suffers from 10.5 percent unemployment and almost 24 percent inflation, and driving Iran into international isolation over the country’s nuclear program.
The head of the United Nations nuclear watchdog, Mohammed ElBaradei, told the BBC for the first time yesterday he believed Iran wanted the option of an atomic bomb.
Mousavi, while backing Iran’s “right” to nuclear technology, has said the president brought shame on the country with a management style “based on adventurism, instability, unlawfulness and radicalism.” Ahmadinejad has called the Holocaust a “myth,” while Mousavi has condemned violence against Jews.
I don’t think all Iranians consider a right to nuclear technology the same thing as “an inalienable right to a nuclear weapon”, especially considering the desire of so many for “better ties with the West”.
But we do know beyond a shadow of a doubt what Iran’s current leadership thinks about it.