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Blair says West must send 'strong signal' to Iran over nuclear build-up
AFX News Limited by way of Forbes ^ | 24APR06 | AFX News Limited

Posted on 04/24/2006 3:43:48 PM PDT by familyop

LONDON (AFX) - The West must send a 'strong signal' to Iran's leadership that it will not tolerate defiance over calls to suspend its nuclear programme, said Prime Minister Tony Blair.

Speaking as oil prices soar over fears of a military confrontation with Iran, Blair said now was not the time to show 'weakness'.

However, Blair repeated his assertion last week that 'Iran is not Iraq', and added that 'nobody is talking about military invasion'.

'People do however, want to send a very strong signal to Iran because...Iran is supporting terrorism in the region to the detriment of democratic governments, it's in breach of its nuclear obligations and people want it to comply,' he told his monthly press conference.

'So the real issue for me on Iran is: what are you going to do about it? (and) all I'm saying is that it's not very sensible at the moment in time to send a signal of weakness.'

The US and Iran have been trading increasingly bellicose statements in recent days, leading to suggestions that Washington is planning a military strike against Iranian nuclear installations.

However, Blair said the US administration was 'very, very well aware' of the implications of such a move.

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TOPICS: Extended News; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; United Kingdom; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: blair; iran; irannukes; minister; nuclear; on; prime; proliferation; terror; war; weapons
PM Blair recently said that Britain won't be sending troops to the military effort in Iran--not because he doesn't want to, but because Britain can't spare them for now. ...too many working in other countries during this War on Terror. Also, Britain is stepping up recruiting efforts to increase its military capabilities.
1 posted on 04/24/2006 3:43:50 PM PDT by familyop
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To: familyop

I say there, Iran stop that or we will send the Knights That Say Neek. Strong letter to follow...


2 posted on 04/24/2006 3:47:20 PM PDT by hatfieldmccoy (Satan has a new name and it is Islam)
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To: familyop

Stop! Or I shall forced to yell Stop! again!


3 posted on 04/24/2006 3:56:27 PM PDT by steveyp
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To: familyop

Really, Tony? What kind of a "strong message" are you going to send when you have already dismissed military action.

In the words of Robin Williams, describing unarmed British cops: "STOP! Or I'll say 'Stop!' again!"


4 posted on 04/24/2006 3:57:52 PM PDT by Lunatic Fringe (http://ntxsolutions.com)
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To: familyop
Blair says West must send 'strong signal' to Iran over nuclear build-up

Apparently, he's slept through all the previous discussions on this topic. Must have Prince Harry's predicament on his mind.

5 posted on 04/24/2006 4:32:44 PM PDT by DustyMoment (FloriDUH - proud inventors of pregnant/hanging chads and judicide!!)
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To: familyop
Blair: ..."all I'm saying is that it's not very sensible at the moment in time to send a signal of weakness.'

May God bless you, Mr. Blair.

Now if you could just talk some sense into the American liberal, we'd really appreciate it.

6 posted on 04/24/2006 4:37:00 PM PDT by Right_in_Virginia
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To: familyop
Image hosted by Photobucket.com since he's already frenched out and said no to violence... what's left but to stamp hils little cloven hoof!!! wanker.
7 posted on 04/24/2006 4:42:39 PM PDT by Chode (1967 UN Outer Space Treaty is bad for America and bad for humanity - DUMP IT. American Hedonist )
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To: Chode
Actually, he seems to have said no to an invasion. That does not rule out airstrikes, special operations and much else.
8 posted on 04/24/2006 4:45:28 PM PDT by dodger
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To: familyop



Ok ... You go first.


9 posted on 04/24/2006 4:58:10 PM PDT by SouthernFreebird
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To: dodger
Actually, he seems to have said no to an invasion. That does not rule out airstrikes, special operations and much else.

Thats true... but he needs to spell that out so the MSM does not gloss it over. The headline is the story now days.

10 posted on 04/24/2006 5:02:15 PM PDT by operation clinton cleanup
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To: familyop
How about this one:

It's as likely to work as anything the U.N. or the E.U. will send.

11 posted on 04/24/2006 5:05:21 PM PDT by LexBaird (Tyrannosaurus Lex, unapologetic carnivore)
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To: dodger

i hope but won't hold my breath... oh yeah, nice name.
glad to finally meet the guy that got my name first. 8^)
Chode seems to fit though.


12 posted on 04/24/2006 5:17:54 PM PDT by Chode (1967 UN Outer Space Treaty is bad for America and bad for humanity - DUMP IT. American Hedonist )
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To: familyop
This can send a strong signal; AC 130:


13 posted on 04/24/2006 5:20:09 PM PDT by 45Auto (Big holes are (almost) always better.)
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To: LexBaird

"Holy hardened bunkers Batman!"


14 posted on 04/24/2006 5:21:00 PM PDT by diverteach
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To: familyop
Actually, I kind of like this one:The setting is just about right, too.


15 posted on 04/24/2006 5:26:34 PM PDT by 45Auto (Big holes are (almost) always better.)
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To: familyop

I'm a little suprised a the hard play of the Brit's on this thread. Really there is only so much they can do. Really there is only so much WE can do. Unless we do a full Pusche' from Iraq to Iran we can't take and hold it and it is really not on the table. We will bomb them and deal with the mullahs later. MHO.


16 posted on 04/24/2006 5:33:59 PM PDT by Dosa26
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To: Dosa26

Sorry, should have been "I'm supprised at the hard play at/on the Brit's on this thread."


17 posted on 04/24/2006 5:40:20 PM PDT by Dosa26
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To: Dosa26

Yes. That's why I wrote the background information in the first comment. Britain has a bit of negative history from the Mandate period. But even so, Britain has been very courageous and generous in the current War on Terror.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1620766/posts?page=1#1


18 posted on 04/24/2006 5:41:09 PM PDT by familyop ("Either you are with us, or you are with the terrorists." --President Bush)
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To: familyop
Me thinks this is the only signal those animals will understand.
19 posted on 04/24/2006 5:44:15 PM PDT by Lancer_N3502A
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To: familyop

Seems strange to me that Blair says the west must not show weakness and then indicates that military action are not an option. Iran has thumbed it's nose at the world community. END OF STORY...BOMB NOW!!!! How many more years are we going to play this idiotic negotiation game? North Korea played this game and won and now Iran will follow. Who's next? At some point the world has to wake up and respond with action when these two bit tyrants give us the finger.


20 posted on 04/24/2006 5:51:27 PM PDT by Joan Kerrey (what support is Sinclair giving to a candidate)
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To: familyop
Britain has been very courageous and generous in the current War on Terror.

Quite so. Patton's words ring true, "It is the destiny of the American-Brittish alliance to rule the world."...Paraphrased. 60 years and running.

21 posted on 04/24/2006 5:56:57 PM PDT by Dosa26
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To: Joan Kerrey
How many more years are we going to play this idiotic negotiation game?

We'll play it until "The Proffesionals" decide that they are too close to makeing a bomb, then we'll bomb the bejessus outta' em. Then we'll try to find a longer term solution.

22 posted on 04/24/2006 6:04:18 PM PDT by Dosa26
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