Wednesday, March 14, 2007


Is there a more unprincipled bunch of thugs in this world than those who lead Russia?

Today's Australian carries the story of how the Russians have announced the postponment of the opening of Iran's first nuclear power plant.

The Russian action is not out of concern for the fact that Iran's leadership is likely to use its nuclear power to manufacture nuclear weapons or that its President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad denies the Holocaust and has a stated aim of destroying Israel.

No, it's all about money.

The Russians claim the Iranians have paid only a fraction of the $US25 million ($31.8 million) a month needed to cover construction costs. So, not long after the Iranians cough up the cash (and they inevitably will), the Bushehr nuclear plant will open.

Whilst it will still move at full speed towards nuclear capacity, Iran will ignore the growing economic crisis within the country; inflation is growing, the stock market's falling and unemployment is rising at the same time.

Meanwhile, international diplomacy to prevent the Iranians from building nuclear weapons will continue to move at a snail's pace because, for most of the world - particularly the Russians - it's a case of business as usual.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

One day the Chechen rebels will get hold of something very lethal from their fellow travellers and it will provide something for Putin to think about!