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BRING BACK THE PRINCE!

By ATWadmin On March 2nd, 2007 at 9:17 am

I’m talking about Niccolo Machiavelli – author of the sixteenth century political classic “The Prince.”


I was interested in this article suggesting how the wisdom contained in Machiavelli’s book could help George Bush deal with Iran.


Machiavelli urged leaders to act in advance to ward off gathering perils:



“If they wait until they are near at hand, the medicine will not be in time, for by then the malady will have become incurable.”


The time to stamp out the Iranian nuclear malady is now. President Bush’s approach to Tehran must be guided by three Machiavellian principles:

 


1. Self-reliance; 2. The importance of being feared; and 3. The need to take the initiative once conflict is inevitable.


The first of these is the central tenet of The Prince: that a leader must act decisively in pursuit of his objectives, rather than relying on others to accomplish them.



“Only those methods of defense which depend upon one’s own resourcefulness are good, certain, and enduring” .


 

So, time to forget the “International Community” and do what is right. Jacques Chirac, summed up Euro-fortitude on this when speaking of Iran he said recently “having one or perhaps a second bomb a little later, well, that’s not very dangerous.” Tell it to the Japanese, Jacques!


President Bush should also heed Machiavelli’s observation that some conflicts are inevitable, and that a leader must seize the initiative once the tipping point has been reached. Machiavelli praised the Romans, who, upon


“foreseeing difficulties, always remedied them. And they never allowed them to persist in order to avoid a war, for they knew that wars cannot be avoided and can only be deferred to the advantage of others.”


 

Machiavelli attributed this to their repudiation of

“the sort of advice that is always on the lips of our present-day wise men: that is, to enjoy the benefits of time. Instead, they were pleased to use their strength and prudence.”


 

Apparently the bien pensants counsel passivity and appeasement in every age.

 

Amen to that. A little more Machiavellian application will do, Mr President.

IRAN SAYS NO!

By ATWadmin On February 20th, 2007 at 4:30 pm

We’ll be discussing this in-depth on Thursday nights Tangled Talk Radio show but did you notice that Iran’s President and putative dining pal of the 13th Imam when he returns to Earth, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, has rejected international calls for Tehran to suspend uranium enrichment, a day before a UN deadline runs out?

WHAT A SURPRISE!!!  Maddy said Iran would only do so if states seeking the suspension stopped producing nuclear fuel themselves. He added that he wanted talks on his nation’s nuclear programme, but only if no pre-conditions were imposed. In particular he insisted on his country’s inherent right to wipe Israel off the map develop nuclear fuel since everyone knows how energy deficient Iran is.

So, we’ve left with an impotent UN and a Nuke crazy Iran. What to do? Close your eyes, count to ten and hope you’re in Kansas or…….

TOO LATE …..

By ATWadmin On February 13th, 2007 at 9:03 am

Nuclear_fireball.jpgThe European Union, haplessness personified, now believes that Iran will be able to develop enough weapons-grade material for a nuclear bomb and there is little that can be done to prevent it. In an admission of the international community’s failure to hold back Iran’s nuclear ambitions, the document – compiled by the staff of Javier Solana, EU foreign policy chief – says the atomic programme has been delayed only by technical limitations rather than diplomatic pressure. “Attempts to engage the Iranian administration in a negotiating process have not so far succeeded,” it states.

So, just to be clear, the preferred liberal-medium for resolving major problems has comprehensively FAILED. The "international community" – so beloved by Eurocrats – has achieved precisely NOTHING. No big surprise there – it never achieves anything of value but happily the MSM also gives it a perennial free pass.

Bottom line – the mad Mullahs WILL get Nukes they need for unfinished business and we know what they have in mind – yip – it involves wiping a certain Jewish state "off the map" and thus completing the aims Hitler pursued in the first Holocaust.

So, we need to live with a nuclear Iran, right? NO. Iran must be stopped and the failure of the "international community" should mean that it stands and leaves it to the more capable Israel and the USA to do the job. But it won’t. It will now sit and carp, and criticise and give every imaginable hindrance to those who realise Iran MUST be stopped before the mushroom cloud rises over Jerusalem. That is why the "International Community" is institutionally dysfunctional and beyond contempt.

HOW DO YOU DEFINE STABILITY?

By ATWadmin On January 24th, 2007 at 12:14 pm

Nuclear_fireball.jpgIran. According to the "wise men" who put together the US Baker Report, along with Syria it represents an important source of stability in the region. And all good liberals agree with the fabulous Baker Boys. Right? I mean the BBC is outraged, positively bristling with annoyance, that President Bush has not rushed to immediately implement the collective wisdom of the Iraq Surrender Study Group.   So, let’s consider todays’ headline which shows how "stabilising" Iran can be.

Israel and the United States will soon be destroyed, Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Tuesday during a meeting with Syria’s foreign minister, the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB) reports. "Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad… assured that the United States and the Zionist regime of Israel will soon come to the end of their lives," the Iranian president was quoted as saying.

He keeps talking about wiping out Israel, for some odd reason, doesn’t he? 

Now, is there ANYONE out there that seriously believes that Iran is a source of stability?

And when you’re having a little think on that, also contemplate the news that North Korea is also reputed to be providing Iran with nukes, for some reason.

death penalty outrage

By ATWadmin On January 17th, 2007 at 5:37 pm

nazaninwithlawyer.bmpNazanin Fatehi (pictured left) at her retrial last week. Her lawyers received verbal confirmation from the court that she will be exonerated from the charge of murder.  However the court has ruled that disproportionate force was used by Nazanin while trying to defend herself and her 15-year old niece from rapists. Accordingly, they have asked Nazanin to pay “dieh” (blood money) to receive a pardon from the family of the deceased. Once this amount is paid, Nazanin can be released from prison.

Her laywers are appealing as Nazanin is innocent for acting in self-defence and  should not have to pay any money at all (3 out of the 5 judges came to this decision re the dieh). The appeal may take several months, so in the meantime arrangements may be made to have Nazanin released from prison by paying bail money into court – a sum set at a staggering (and impossible) $40,000.  Neverthless her mother extended her thanks to all who signed the petition and pushed this case into the limelight. "You brought us the only one wish that we had: freedom of our daughter. May God give all of you, our brothers and sisters health and happiness for all that you have done ".

There are at least 23 child offenders on death row in Iran.  Iran and Pakistan are the only countries known to have executed child offenders during the last year. Iran are a signatory to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) and the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), which forbids executing someone who was under the age of 18 at the time of the offence.  To get round this, the Iranian authorities keep the youths locked up in jail until they have turned 18 before they execute them. Legislation banning the death penalty for child offenders have been considered for several years, but it has never been passed.

info from Save Nazanin campaign

Tale of Two Nazanins

By ATWadmin On January 9th, 2007 at 3:17 pm

You may remember a post last year on ‘Nazanin’. On January 3, 2006, 18 year-old Nazanin Mahabad Fatehi was sentenced to death by the Iranian courts after she stabbed one of three men who attempted to rape her and her 16 year-old niece in March 2005. When singer/songwriter and human rights activist Nazanin heard about the trial of her namesake, the injustice of the case propelled her to take action.

FYI The Save Nazanin campaign has generated over 225,000 signatures worldwide and received the attention of the UN, Amnesty International and others which is encouraging. On June 1st 2006, the Head of Judiciary Ayatollah Shahroudi announced a stay of execution and the call for her retrial January 10th, 2007, eg tomorrow.

This is a pertty interesting documentary produced by Nazanin the model/singer who is promoting her namesakes’s cause.  It is about the campaign, the case itself, Nazanin’s struggle – it talks to her family, recreates events that day and focuses on womens rights under Islamic law, human rights abuses in general in Iran and is altogether a pretty useful background and insight into the country overall. If you cant watch it all id recommend at least the first 5-10 mins.