In the first instance, it is laughable that oil-rich Iran needs nuclear fuel for peaceful purposes.
Next, it is ludicrous that Iran must have the capability to process nuclear fuel for peaceful purposes when Russia and other states have that capability and will sell Iran "safe" nuclear fuel (not weapons grade) and the power plants for electrical production - all at a cost far below Iran's total costs of developing and producing the same product.
Finally, Iran's clandestine program to develop a nuclear missile should be all the proof needed of Iran's hostile intentions.
Since the last point is the clincher, let's look at it first. And since there will always be those who doubt anything a Republican President says, let's see what British, French, German, and Belgian security agencies are saying about Iran's nuclear missile program:
The Iranian government has been successfully scouring Europe for the sophisticated equipment needed to develop a nuclear bomb, according to the latest western intelligence assessment of the country's weapons programmes.
Scientists in Tehran are also shopping for parts for a ballistic missile capable of reaching Europe, with "import requests and acquisitions ... registered almost daily", the report seen by the Guardian concludes.
The warning came as Iran raised the stakes in its dispute with the United States and the European Union yesterday by notifying the International Atomic Energy Authority that it intended to resume nuclear fuel research next week. Tehran has refused to rule out a return to attempts at uranium enrichment, the key to the development of a nuclear weapon.
So Iran wants a long-range missile to go with their "peaceful" nuclear fuel research program. Interesting, no?
I anticipate the Left will next ask, "What's the big deal? We have nukes. If we got rid or ours, don't you think they wouldn't need any?"
When I hear that, I know I am talking to an Ivory Tower liberal who doesn't think there are evil leaders who want to destroy Israel as the first step in establishing the Muslim caliphate in the Middle East. These liberals pay no attention to the malevolent rantings of Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
From Little Green Footballs: Hard-line Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who said the Nazi attempt to eradicate Jews in the Holocaust was a “Myth,” has now charged that European countries sought to complete the genocide by establishing Israel, a Jewish state in the midst of Muslim countries
From Pamela at Atlas Shrugs , who has daily assembled probably the most complete indictment of Iran and its leaders available anywhere: "Two weeks ago the Iranian president shocked Western leaders when he claimed that the Holocaust was "a myth" created by Jews and "Zionist historians." This followed a previous slander against Israel as "a tumor" to be "wiped off the map"--or, at best, relocated to Europe."
Why isn't everyone as alarmed as Pamela and I when: "Anybody who recognizes Israel will burn in the fire of the Islamic nation's fury," Ahmadinejad told the Organization of the Islamic Conference. "Tolerant" Muslim leaders of 56 member nations did not distance themselves from Ahmadinejad's hate filled rhetoric. On the contrary, while condemning terrorism, the Islamic leaders in their Final Summit Declaration were careful to note "the need to differentiate between terrorism and the legitimate resistance to foreign occupation." In other words, it's still OK to blow up women and children.
Stay tuned to this space. More is coming.
Update: Iran continues its rope-a-dope strategy of agreeing with France, Germany, and the UK to stop their nuclear weapon development - they call it energy development - and then finding loopholes to continue their weapons program. The latest reported in The New York Times is that:
Iran vowed Wednesday to proceed with a plan to restart nuclear research next week, though the government has yet to explain to the United Nations' nuclear monitoring agency what activities it intends to carry out. Ali Larijani, the senior official in charge of nuclear issues, was quoted on Iranian state television on Wednesday as saying the decision to resume nuclear research was "nonnegotiable." Responding to criticism that the decision would violate Iran's formal agreement with Europe to suspend all uranium conversion and enrichment activities, he said: "Research has its own definition. It is not related to industrial production. Hence, it was never part of the negotiations."