December 13, 2010

Phew: Iran not rogue state

“An earlier cable, sent in July 2008, records that former prime minister Kevin Rudd was ''deeply worried'' that Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's intransigence concerning Tehran's nuclear program meant that the window for a diplomatic solution was closing and that ''Israel may feel forced to use 'non-diplomatic' means''.

However, ONA urged a balanced view of Tehran as a sophisticated diplomatic player rather than a ''rogue state'' liable to behave impulsively or irrationally.

Mr Varghese said ONA was telling the Australian government: ''It's a mistake to think of Iran as a 'rogue state'.''
Because President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's is such a rational, good-hearted chap, relatively, as far as these things go.
"The embassy cable reported: ''ONA analysts assessed that Tehran 'knows' about its lack of certain capabilities, but plays 'beyond its hand' very skilfully … ONA judged that Iran's activities in Iraq - both overt and covert - represented an extreme manifestation of Iranian strategic calculus, designed to 'outflank' the US in the region.''

However the Australian intelligence analysts ''asserted that … the most effective means by which Tehran could ensure its national security would be a strategic relationship with the US via some 'grand bargain'.''
Good-o. I can take Iran off my worry list.

Insert sign here: "grand bargain under construction".

Can journalists everywhere please stop writing nasty things about Iran?

Nuclear war our fear of Iran


  1. Anonymous8:59 PM

    Oh dear, Geoff's not gunna like this.


  2. That smug dickhead who got himself elected in Tasmania on a "both heads should get a vote" electoral reform platform started life in the ONA. That says everything you need to know about the ONA.

  3. Anonymous11:36 PM

    Yep, thought so.