July 27, 2006
Der Spiegel Und der Baradei
RealClearPolitics pointed to an interview in the German magazine Der Spiegel of Mohammed ElBaradei, head of the UN's International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). Tom Bevan at RCP Blog noted rather cryptically that it was "a rather frightening interview."
Reading the interview itself removed all mystery. Here are some of the lowlights:
SPIEGEL: Are you in favor of an immediate deployment of United Nations peacekeeping troops with a "robust" mandate in southern Lebanon?
ElBaradei: That is the only solution. The bloodbath must be stopped quickly and a cease-fire must be brought about without delay. But what's even more important is a comprehensive solution to the underlying problem. The Palestinian question is the elephant in the room. One cannot constantly treat only the symptoms. The Palestinians in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank have been living under an occupying regime for 39 years now. We should not be satisfied with drafting one road map after the next and merely looking on as they fail.
[You would think that even as insular an organization as the UN would have heard something about the Israeli withdrawal from Gaza!]~
SPIEGEL: A stabilization force would have to create a buffer zone, which would mean disarming Hezbollah. Is the UN capable of doing this?
ElBaradei: Lebanon will inevitably descend into civil war as long there is no cease-fire. That's why the most important thing is for open combat to stop. And then the force would need a robust mandate. The UN can disarm militias and reduce tensions. The long-term solution, however, is political and not military.
[If the UN can "disarm militias," why haven't they? What are they waiting for?]~
SPIEGEL: The Israelis have a legitimate need for security. They see their massive attacks as a way to destroy Hezbollah once and for all.
ElBaradei: The more violence they commit, the more they radicalize their enemies..
[Note that he never answers the question. Or even responds to the cockamamie idea that "Israel has a legitimate need for security."]~
SPIEGEL: But it was the Iranian regime that clearly lied and deceived the West in recent years when it came to its nuclear program. Doesn't Tehran have to accept the offer without conditions and stop its uranium enrichment activities?
ElBaradei: There is no other choice. To our knowledge, however, the Iranians have not accelerated their nuclear research program, which would be a sign of their developing a nuclear program for military use. There are apparently competing political directions in Tehran. And there are many shades of gray....
[About Iran, yes; about Israel, El Baradei doesn't appear to see greyscale.]
There was, however, one highlight at the end of the tunnel. I did like this exchange, right at the end:
SPIEGEL: You have just come from the G-8 summit, where, in addition to the Middle East, energy issues were the main topic of discussion. With the exception of Germany, everyone seems to be betting on new nuclear power plants. Is this the right approach?
ElBaradei: Every state has the right to choose its own approach, just as Germany is doing. In your country, a few nuclear power plants will be in operation for another 20 years, at least according to current plans. Perhaps the Germans will change their views within this period of time, and perhaps they'll decide to extend it. Nuclear energy is undoubtedly experiencing a renaissance. Environmentally friendly nuclear power will play a role in energy policy worldwide. 1.6 billion people, or a quarter of the world's population, have no access to electricity. They'll have no future without affordable energy.
That statement, at least, cannot be logically disputed. Perhaps Mohammed ElBaradei should ceasing heading up the IAEA and instead be offered a new position as United Nations Secretary of Energy.
Hatched by Dafydd on this day, July 27, 2006, at the time of 8:06 PM
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The following hissed in response by: Bill Faith
Excerpted and linked at Old War Dogs.
The above hissed in response by: Bill Faith at July 28, 2006 6:54 AM
The following hissed in response by: Tongue Boy
The Palestinians in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank have been living under an occupying regime for 39 years now.
Yeah, that caught me eye, too. Had to be a slip of the tongue. 39, 58, 220, 221, whatever it takes.
The following hissed in response by: brutepcm
Is there anyone out there who remembers when we heard that would have the secret of cold fusion all figured out by the year 2000? How about turbine cars? The rotary engine? Paul Harvey has announced a cure for cancer every week since 1967. I don't trust good news anymore.
Oh- and don't buy gold or silver. Ask anyone who lived through the seventies.
The following hissed in response by: d_Brit
With a little corrective 'surgery' El Baradei makes sense:
ElBaradei: "what's even more important is a comprehensive solution to the underlying problem. The Islamic question is the elephant in the room. One cannot constantly treat only the symptoms. The Israeli's have been living through attacks for 58 years now. We should not be satisfied with drafting one road map after the next and merely looking on as they fail."
and in a parallel universe, the truth could actually be heard.
The above hissed in response by: d_Brit at July 28, 2006 4:27 PM
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