Just one day before the eighth anniversary of September 11, 2001, the day that a group of 19 Islamic terrorists hijacked four commercial passenger jets and crashed two into the twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York City, one into the Pentagon and the fourth in a rural Pennsylvania field, killing 2,751 innocent people (2008 revised figure), Goodman reported that Iran â€œnow possesses or is close to possessing enough enriched uranium to produce a nuclear weapon.â€
Iran, a country currently run by an autocratic, anti-Western, terror-supporting Islamic theocracy that, along with much of the rest of the Islamic world, celebrated the events of 9/11, is now closer than ever to becoming a nuclear power, perhaps even more destabilizing and dangerous than North Korea.
From Goodmanâ€™s report:
On Wednesday, the US ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency, Glyn Davies, said the White House believes Iran is trying â€œto preserve a nuclear weapons option.â€
Iran, whose President has called for Israel to be â€œwiped off the map,â€ and which has consistently resisted calls for transparency in its nuclear program, said earlier this week that:
Iran will neither halt uranium enrichment nor negotiate over its nuclear rights.Â From our point of view, Iran’s nuclear issue is over. We will never negotiate over obvious rights of the Iranian nation.
The Iranians under President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad have already defied two UN Security Council resolutions demanding that Iran suspend enrichment, and Ahmadinejad has already made it clear that he will never comply with them or any future resolutions. This from a 2007 speech to the United Nations:
In the last two years, abusing the Security Council, the arrogant powers have repeatedly accused Iran and even made military threats and imposed illegal sanctions against it. Previously, they illegally insisted on politicizing the Iranian nation’s nuclear case, but today, because of the resistance of the Iranian nationâ€¦Iran has decided to pursue the issue through its appropriate legal path … and to disregard unlawful and political impositions by the arrogant powers.
In the meantime, the Iranians have reinforced the line they have drawn in the sand, and theyâ€™re waiting to see how President Barack Obama reacts.
Ali Asghar Soltanieh, Iranâ€™s envoy to the International Atomic Energy Commission, said:
The world is observing curiously whether or not this [US] administration follows the same trend as the Bush administration — pursuing hostile political confrontation, using fabricated, baseless allegations.
Obama, however, may be too distracted by his efforts at implementing socialism to be paying much attention to the Iranians.