In at least 10% of the old Loony Toons cartoons, one of the characters will say to another, “Oh, you naughty, naughty boy.” As far as I can tell, that’s pretty much been the appeasers’ approach to Iran, with the UN, at Europe’s behest, periodically writing “this time we’re really mad” letters. Nevertheless, our friends at the BBC would like us to know that we were too mean. In response to this fearsome pressure, Iran is (gasp!) going forward with its nuclear program:
Iran has reportedly taken another step in its uranium enrichment programme, in defiance of international pressure.
After that opening, I’m barely interested in the rest of the article, which is mostly about the “do they/don’t they” debate raging over whether they have enough stuff actually to build a bomb. It was enough for me to know that, in BBC land, telling someone not to do something is more than enough explanation for the fact that they went and ahead and did precisely that. Clearly, the wise minds at the BBC think Iran is nothing more than a rambunctious toddler in the “no” phase, which it will surely outgrow. We just need to distract it (that’s what all the books say to do about that oppositional toddler in your life). Maybe it’s time to send the mullahs some skis, with the promise of lessons. Life amongst the slopes’ glitterati might be just what we need to keep their minds off the bomb.