Meanwhile, Tony shows some backbone

Whilst America navel-gazes about people with improbable names like Scooter (actually, an important issue, I’ll admit), and Supreme Court nominees, Iran’s president claims that he wants Israel “wiped-off” the map.

‘Our Tone’ came out swinging: “If they continue down this path, then people are going to believe that they are a real threat to our world security and stability. They may believe… the eyes of the world will be elsewhere, but I felt a real sense of revulsion at those remarks.Can you imagine a state like that with an attitude like that having a nuclear weapon?”

Holey schmoly. The BBC’s Nick Robinson said: “I haven’t heard the prime minister speak in this way since the Iraq war. He knew what he was doing today. He intended to keep Iran guessing.”

Guessing about what? No-one’s going to invade Iran. Ariel Sharon wants Iran excluded from the UN. Maybe. But gather ’round children and repeat after me: diplomacy, diplomacy, diplomacy. Words, however terrible, do not sanction war. And utterly shunning Iran will not hurt Ahmadinejad, only allow him to escalate his lame rhetoric.

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