Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Ahmadinejad challenges Bush to a televised debate


Now we know he's certifiable.

TEHRAN (Reuters) - President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad voiced defiance on Tuesday as a deadline neared for Iran to halt work the West fears is a step toward building nuclear bombs, and challenged President Bush to a televised debate.

"Peaceful nuclear energy is the right of the Iranian nation. The Iranian nation has chosen that based upon international regulations, it wants to use it and no one can stop it," he told a news conference.

The U.N. Security Council has given Iran until Thursday to suspend uranium enrichment -- a process which can produce fuel for civilian reactors or explosive material for warheads -- and has threatened sanctions unless it does so.

A debate is never going to happen. All it does is legitimize Wacky-pants Ahmadinejad, and the man is anything but legitimate. Nuclear power isn't a natural right like breathing our not having your head cut off by terrorists. You've got to earn the respect of the international community and his antisemetic rants won't get him respect.

So hopefully Dubya gets a good laugh at this one, then figures out a way to diplomatically make life so miserable for Wacky-pants Ahmadinejad that he does something rash that the UN can't wishfully dismiss like they've done with Sudan, Lebanon, etc...

UPDATE @ 1:49pm: I just kind of off the cuff said that the UN has in most cases simply ignored Iran's transgressions. Then I saw this story.