Skip to comments.Merkel rules out military option for dealing with Iran
Posted on 09/04/2006 4:49:54 PM PDT by shrinkermd
4 September 2006
BERLIN - German Chancellor Angela Merkel has underlined there can be "no military option" for dealing with Iran's nuclear programme, a spokesman said Monday.
"The door for negotiations remains open," said chief German government spokesman Ulrich Wilhelm.
Wilhelm added: "The chancellor has expressed the view that there is no military option."
US President George W. Bush has repeatedly said he does not rule out any option for dealing with Iran's nuclear programme, which is widely believed to be aimed at building nuclear weapons.
Iran rejects this and says its uranium enrichment is for peaceful purposes. Tehran refused to comply
with a United Nations directive that it cease uranium enrichment by August 31.
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So.... when diplomacy fails..... then what?
There's never a last call at the Appeasement Bar.
Once Israel is a sea of glass, these same bastards will exclaim how sad they are about it. F'em!
Europe is running full speed into mass suicide. Have at it Euroweenies.
Sorry, even though she is far better than the former Chancellor...for a German Chancellor to tell us there can be no military option against an Islamofascist state that is developing nuclear weapons, and that has called for the annihilation of Israel and the Jews...is so historically out of place to be rediculous and insulting. She should have seen the sick irony in her words and never uttered them IMHO.
As far as I am concerned, that is exactly what it is going to come down to and precisely becase of the hand wringing of Germany and the UK, and the complicity of France and Russia...and the almost friendly relations with places like China and Venezuela. As a result of precisely such things, we will end up having to use force or facing a nuclear armed radical islamic nation.
For a European to say this means that Non-proliferation is over. Not only will Israel, along with Pakistan and India (which nations never signed the Non-proliferation Treaty feel justified to arm themselves with nuclear weapons and the means to deliver them), but Japan, Saudi Arabia and possibly other nations will withdraw from the Treaty. The world will then be at grave risk of argammedon.
If she really believes that, she is nuts. I think military action is required against Iran, because Iran is instigating the trouble in Iraq. That means Iran is killing our troops and our allies.
I have mixed feelings about Merkel. Sometimes I see a bit of Thatcher in her, other times, a typical socialist-lite European politician. She's better than her predecessor, but I'm afraid she's still a liberal in most things. With the exception of Poland, Europe is nose-diving into irrelevance.
And when they blow up a nuke in her country, will she consider a military response? If she's still alive?
She'll bake a cake.
She grew up in East Germany and its hard to believe that some of the crap didn't rub off on her.
She's also leading a coalition government with weenies in it.
It reflects a political position that could change if Iran goes wacko with a nasty attack.
But wouldn't it better to deal with them now rather that deal with them when they have missiles with nukes on them in the future.
If it brings stability to Iraq, and I hope it does, I wonder how long it will be before Iran sends in a nuke to teach it a lesson. I just don't trust Iran in the least. It's hatred of the West could just about drive it to do anything IMO.
What's truly astounding is that even if she personally believes this -- you don't publicly ANNOUNCE IT!
This serves no purpose but to give a green light to Iran's nuclear ambitions and aggression.
Another danger cited by Benjamin Netanyahou is this: Unlike the Soviet Union which had an irrational ideology, they nevertheless had a foreign policy that was rational. Why? Because they were sane enough to fear MAD.
The mad mullahs of Iran are not rational. They adhere to a fanatical apocalyptic religious view that genuinely welcomes a global castrophe and the return of the last Immam. As a suicide bomber has no fear of death - but welcomes it - so, too, do the Islamofascist theocrats in Iran.
Can't rational people ever realize the reality and threat of the irrational?
Exactly my thought. Taking ANY option off the table is just enabling the terrorists. ALL options should be on the table and ready until the end of the situation. Even if diplomacy were to appear to start working, a military option MUST remain available in the likely event that the Iranians back out of any deal.
De-claw and de-tooth the cat and then have a game of cat and mouse? Ummm....
What a deballed metrosexual country that Germany is.
Who cares what Urkel says?
you're a special lady
living in a world of make believe
I bet she's leaving open the option of writing a strongly worded letter letting them know of her disappointment if they don't comply!
Wish I could use the /s sign. :-(
I agree with regard to Europe's view of this. I just can't figure out how they would could possibly expect it to turn out better than the results of their initial reactions to Hitler.
Holy toads! Last time through, Chamberlain was BRITISH!
Is "surrender" considered a military option?
"As a result of precisely such things, we will end up having to use force or facing a nuclear armed radical islamic nation."
We will end up facing a nuclear-armed radical Islamist nation, or rather, two: Iran and Pakistan.
And then it will be a race to see if our missile defense really can be brought up to snuff, or if MAD will contain them. MAD does contain the CURRENT Pakistani government, but if (when) Musharraf falls and the radicals take over, will they still be contained?
Israel doesn't have the range or strength to stop Iran from getting nuclear weapons. Only the US can do that. And the big question in the US is not whether Iran will be disarmed, but whether or not the American people will leave the President's party in control of either house of Congress.
Iran is going to get the bomb.
And we'll just have to find out if MAD works with the mullahs.
Probably it will.
But we'll just have to hope.
"Why bother with these people?"
Exactly. If they behave without spine when Iran doesn't have the bomb, how much more weak-kneed will they behave once it does and Europe eventually falls within range of Iranian nuclear missiles?
Europe is a becoming a lost cause. If they cannot see their own self-interest in this matter, they are indeed hopeless.
Let's apply some logic. What is the behavior for which she is ruling out a military option? A fanatical country developing a nuclear weapon which is designed to kill millions. How would anything short of a military threat deter such a plan?
The German irony is deafening on this one. There WILL be a military solution soon, in spite of any and all euroweenie words to the contrary.
The biggest problem that I see is controlling Frances' nuclear weapons and electrical-generation (nuclear) systems. France is soaked with these islamofacist sewer rats, and there are probably many of them in the Military and Business.
Maybe the islomaniacs will just shut down France when the grownups take action, but I think not...................FRegards
Bomb Dresden again. See if that will change thier minds.
Bomb Dresden again. See if that will change their minds.
The usual Euro-twit idiocy - and we were told Merkel was supposed to be a cut above the other socialist nanny-state ninnies....... not that there's really any chance of "negotiating" Iran out of nukes, but how on earth do these fools think Iran is supposed to concede everything they want when they have no leverage?
The following quote is, I think, from George Will. Asked what would happen in the 22nd Century, he said: "There will not be a 22nd Century." And from what is transpiring in the 21st Century's first decade, I think he will be proven right.
Don't Europeans read their own history?
Germany will be preoccupied examing her nails, and just not notice. When it's all over they will look up and tell us what we should have done instead.
Oh wait, that's "Merkel".
I´ve contacted the German Federal Government Press Office (+0049 180 272 0000) because I couldn´t believe that. This "news" would be a 180° turn of Merkel´s Iran policy. So they explained that Merkel said "that she knows nobody who wanted a military option at the moment". So she HAS NOT SAID that she rules out military actions. She follows the German official policy, putting all the pressure on the diplomatic stage, so that a military engagement may be prevented. Germany stands united on this issue with the EU and the US, and with its friend Israel.
The news agencies have concluded things from her words she never said. Once again.
Thank you. The Non-proliferation Treaty envisions that one-day, we will eliminate nuclear weapons, and to hold the line at the P5 in the meanwhile. I am afraid, however, that the ball is moving in the wrong direction relative to this goal. I imagined that Chancellor Merkel meant is that we MUST make diplomacy work, if the military option is off the table. BUT, you make clear that she didn't say the military option is permanently off the table.
Stupid Europeans. Taking the military option off the table dooms diplomacy. They simply will not take you seriously.
Well, you know I´m a Merkel fan. I simply couldn´t believe that she changed her position, and I didn´t found it in the German media.
We´ve still two years of talking ahead before military actions will begin. But it´s necessary increase the pressure (and prepare the people that one moment military options are the only options left).
Ah, that's better. So, there may be later 'moments'.
Does this mean that there is an administration official going out on a limb without authorization from the top? OR are you being fed a line to get you to be quiet?
No, it says that there is no military option AT THE MOMENT. That was and is the official German policy, but it doesn´t rule out military options in the future. We´re still two years of talk away until soldiers do what must be done.
I think the EU and US are now trying to negotiate a security agreement with Iran, whereby Iran gives up nuclear weapons development in return for an American promise not to force a regime change in Iran and civilian nuclear power provided and secured by Russia. I'm sure the negotiations over this security agreement are very complex and have to include some exceptions to allow military action by the US in the event of Iranian attacks on the US or our allies. But anyway, I think Merkel and Koffi are trying to help these negotiations by giving Iran some assurance that the US and EU are not planning to force a regime change in Iran at this time. (Sorry to put Merkel and Koffi in the same sentence, but they are saying similar things at this time.)
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