“We have to prepare for the worst, and the worst is war. We must negotiate right to the end,” with Iran, he said, but underlined that if Tehran possessed an atomic weapon, it would represent “a real danger for the whole world.”
No truer words were spoken, and to think that they came from the mouth of a French foreign minister! The long exhausted (failed) policy of “all carrots and no stick” by old Europe’s former political leadership (Germany and France) in regards to Iran’s nuclear ambitions has been shelved.
France no longer takes the default position that rules out a military solution to the current political impasse between the UN Security Council and Iran. No amount of deterrence (military might) is worth its weight unless it is backed up with the words that expresses the political will to use it if need be.
The current political strategy by Iran can be summed up as being “discussions about future discussions” until they achieve nuclear weapons grade material. Reading Iranian plans or intentions isn’t very difficult, they’re behavior as well as their own words have pointed to the nuclear path the state has been traveling on for some time now.
Can any reasonably minded person actually believe that Iran doesn’t covet a “Shiite nuclear weapon” of its very own? Apologists for the current Iranian regime would have a very difficult time making their case…sound even remotely believable.