Another failure of diplomacy. Iran has joined the nuclear club. It’s unsurprising that El Baradei, the IAEA, and the UN failed. Diplomacy may work when you’re dealing with people who are rational, not diametrically opposed to you, and not belligerent, but I think it’s usefulness ends there. You just can’t talk a guy with a messianic complex who has called for the utter destruction of other countries out of his toys. I think I’ll start placing bets on when Israel bombs the crap out of Iran’s nuclear facilities, which would be a nice distraction for Iran from pumping terrorists into Iraq.
In all seriousness, can anybody point to one time when diplomacy undeniably caused a rogue state/dictator/belligerent country to give up his weapons/cease hostilities? Diplomatic success immediately after coups, massive internal changes, and the deaths of heads of state doesn’t count. I can’t think of a single instance. Libya might be an option, but I would argue that decades of diplomacy and embargos did nothing until the Coalition’s show of force in Iraq toppled Saddam. If anybody can think of any, I’d like to hear it. (via Drudge)
Another failure of appeasement. It’s perplexing that the French — of all people! — haven’t learned this lesson:
French students, emboldened by President Jacques Chirac’s cave-in on a youth jobs measure, prepared new protests Tuesday to try to get rid of other government labor reforms.
Unions declared victory on Monday after Chirac abandoned the measure that had spurred nationwide unrest, paralyzed secondary schools and universities and created a crisis for the government.
Maybe they think appeasement just doesn’t work when dealing with Nazis. I also can’t help but point out that a 22% jobless rate among youths is amazingly high. Our youth (16 – 24) unemployment rate last summer was 11%. (via Cox and Forkum)