Skip to comments.Blair says West must send 'strong signal' to Iran over nuclear build-up
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.
I say there, Iran stop that or we will send the Knights That Say Neek. Strong letter to follow...
Stop! Or I shall forced to yell Stop! again!
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!"
May God bless you, Mr. Blair.
Now if you could just talk some sense into the American liberal, we'd really appreciate it.
Ok ... You go first.
Thats true... but he needs to spell that out so the MSM does not gloss it over. The headline is the story now days.
It's as likely to work as anything the U.N. or the E.U. will send.
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.
"Holy hardened bunkers Batman!"
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.
Sorry, should have been "I'm supprised at the hard play at/on the Brit's on this thread."
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.
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.
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.
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.