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Iran Can't Stop, Won't Stop

In case you've been living in a well (perhaps alongside the twelfth Imam), today Iran further confirmed that it will never give up its nuclear ambitions and that "suspension of [uranium] enrichment is not on the agenda."
You should note that the leaders of Iran are apocalyptic zealots with a messianic dream of genocide and a new Islamic world - a "world without America and Zionism." If you don't understand this by now, you should probably stop reading and pick the bong back up. From Reuters:

Iran said on Tuesday uranium enrichment was its "red line" and would continue, despite an enhanced offer of incentives from big powers to stop activity the West fears could yield nuclear bombs.

"We have repeatedly said that enrichment is our red line and we should enjoy this technology. The work will be continued," deputy foreign minister Alireza Sheikhattar told reporters, according to the state news agency IRNA.

The incentives package offers Iran the chance to develop a civilian nuclear program with light water reactors — seen as harder to divert into bomb-making than the technology Tehran is now developing — and legally binding fuel supply guarantees.

"We will give our answer as soon as possible. But we do not know exactly when it will be," the Iranian official said. "It will be a discussable response. We might accept some elements of the proposal and reject some others," he said. "But suspension of enrichment is not on the agenda."
The mullahs are buying time, as they have been for the last four years. This is exactly like every other "We need some time to think this over" statement they have offered up in the past. Meanwhile, we are practically allowing them to hold the world hostage by offering them package after package of incentives, all of which are rejected because they depend on the suspension of uranium and/or the removal of portions of the nuclear fuel cycle from Iranian soil.

Every day the United Nations' hamsters spin their wheels is another day the centrifuges at Natanz do the same; another day closer to an Iranian bomb.

These fresh "incentives" include trade and economic benefits, the chance to develop civilian nuclear power with light water reactors, and guaranteed supplies of nuclear fuel. It also mentions "the possibility of Iran buying civil aircraft from the West," which is good, because when Iranian airliners aren't being shot down, they are dangerously old and plagued with safety concerns.

All of these demands, offers, and negotiations have been going on for years, but apparently Captain Change thinks that because Bush hasn't chosen to engage in "direct presidential diplomacy" with the likes of Ahmadinejad, there's still a chance Iran can be bargained with.

It is as if he thinks that by repackaging these stipulations and adding the presidential seal, a fresh new smile, and a firm handshake, the Hitler of our time will give up his atomic ambitions. Allow me to reprise some of the words from the man Obama will ask to play nice:

"Do you think you are dealing with a 4-year-old child to whom you can give some walnuts and chocolates and get gold from him?"

"They have invented a myth that Jews were massacred and place this above God, religions and the prophets."

"Do the removal of Israel before it is too late and save yourself from the fury of regional nations."

"The wave of the Islamic revolution will soon reach the entire world."

"With God's help, the countdown button for the destruction of the Zionist regime has been pushed by the hands of the children of Lebanon and Palestine...by God's will, we will witness the destruction of this regime in the near future."

The question isn't "if" this will end violently - it's "when." We shouldn't forget that the Persians invented the game of chess, and have been carefully calculating each sequential move to lead a crippled superpower into a checkmate.

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