UN nuke inspection chief: My job is to prevent war with Iran

posted at 11:16 am on June 1, 2007 by Allahpundit

Really? I thought his job was to prevent Iran from getting the bomb. From the IAEA website:

The IAEA is the world’s nuclear inspectorate, with more than four decades of verification experience. Inspectors work to verify that safeguarded nuclear material and activities are not used for military purposes. The Agency is additionally responsible for the nuclear file in Iraq as mandated by the UN Security Council.

He’s a reporter, in other words. Yet like so many other reporters, it seems his job description has somehow magically migrated from collecting facts to “making a difference.” How else to explain this bit from his interview today with BBC radio:

Dr ElBaradei said a nuclear-armed Iran would be terrible but the jury was still out as to whether the country even wanted nuclear weapons.

But he said you could not “bomb knowledge”, and he was scathing towards those who still favoured air strikes after the experience of intervention in Iraq.

“I wake every morning and see 100 Iraqis innocent civilians are dying,” he said. “I have no brief other than to make sure we don’t go into another war or that we go crazy into killing each other. You do not want to give additional argument to new crazies who say ‘let’s go and bomb Iran.’”

Laying aside the fact that the “crazies” who think we should bomb Iran are a small and dwindling group (even Bibi Netanyahu prefers a divestment strategy), how can ElBaradei’s nuclear inspections be taken seriously now that he’s made his agenda plain? There have been hints in the past that he’s in the tank for Iran, from a dissembling interview with Spiegel last July to his preemptive apologia for Iranian nuclear weapons a year ago. Just this month, in fact, he used the latest UN report of Iranian noncompliance as an argument for why Iran should be allowed to enrich uranium without fear of sanctions, even though their noncompliance was only made possible by the UN dragging its feet. Western powers were outraged at the suggestion; Tehran actually thanked him for his campaigning on its behalf.

But don’t you worry. They’re ready to come clean now.

Exit question one: If the west can’t trust him to tell the truth about Iran’s program, doesn’t that force them to err on the side of caution, assume the worst, and end up making an air attack more likely? Exit question two: Which Nobel Peace Prize winner will ultimately have done more damage to peace, Arafat or this guy?

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You do not want to give additional argument to new crazies who say ‘let’s go and bomb Iran.’

Don’t let the truth get in the way of your job there, Mo.

HerrMorgenholz on June 1, 2007 at 11:23 AM

Exit question one: If the west can’t trust him to tell the truth about Iran’s program, doesn’t that force them to err on the side of caution, assume the worst, and end up making an air attack more likely?

I would hope so.

Esthier on June 1, 2007 at 11:24 AM

You do not want to give additional argument to new crazies who say ‘let’s go and bomb Iran.’”

Pretty much admits that he will massage the data to get the results HE wants…

UN at its best..

Romeo13 on June 1, 2007 at 11:26 AM

Dr ElBaradei said a nuclear-armed Iran would be terrible but the jury was still out as to whether the country even wanted nuclear weapons.

Waiting for the mushroom cloud to appear ……….

Ah, there it is.

My bad.

fogw on June 1, 2007 at 11:32 AM

Exit question two: Which Nobel Peace Prize winner will ultimately have done more damage to peace, Arafat or this guy?

Jimmy Carter?

Attila (Pillage Idiot) on June 1, 2007 at 11:41 AM

Just following in the mode of Hans Blix.

Valiant on June 1, 2007 at 11:42 AM

Exit Question 2: I too vote for Jimmah and his evil rabbit.

oilbertan on June 1, 2007 at 11:56 AM

Exit question #2 Jimmy Carter

LakeRuins on June 1, 2007 at 11:57 AM

Rightio, once again those that wish to defend themselves against the stated goals of an insane enemy are labeled “the crazies”.
He and GWB are starting to meld,bad craziness Batman.

bbz123 on June 1, 2007 at 12:04 PM

Wasn’t ElBaradei, a Muslim, working for IAEA back when Pakistan got the bomb (the first Muslim bomb, no less)? And we backed him for reelection because…?

CP on June 1, 2007 at 12:05 PM

But he said you could not “bomb knowledge”, and he was scathing towards those who still favoured air strikes after the experience of intervention in Iraq.

If you bomb all the people who have the knowledge, sure you can.

James on June 1, 2007 at 12:24 PM

We don’t want to bomb the Knowledge, we want to bomb all the fiddly bits that allow you to use the knowledge to do naughty things.

Canadian Imperialist Running Dog on June 1, 2007 at 12:36 PM

but the jury was still out as to whether the country even wanted nuclear weapons.

implying that, somewhere, there are at least six people who are confused on that point?

Oh, and the innocent Iraqi civilians dying? That predated the US entry into that country, bub, and won’t decrease if we leave.

TexasDan on June 1, 2007 at 1:34 PM

A guy named Mohammed is in charge of keeping nukes out of the wrong hands.

morganfrost on June 1, 2007 at 2:22 PM

morganfrost,

A guy named Mohammed is in charge of

keeping

ensuring nukes

out of

get into the wrong hands.

Fix’t

doriangrey on June 1, 2007 at 5:26 PM

CP:

The U.S. did not, in fact, back El Baradei’s reappointment.

JM Hanes on June 1, 2007 at 5:56 PM

“I have no brief other than to make sure we don’t go into another war or that we go crazy into killing each other. You do not want to give additional argument to new crazies who say ‘let’s go and bomb Iran.’”

I like how we’re the bad guys here. It’s not Hussein, who killed several hundred thousand Iraqis, Arabs and Iranians. It’s not the totalitarian government in Tehran who are hellbent to start another war.

Nope, it’s those crazy folks who believe that Tehran is fighting proxy wars until they get the bomb. Then they’ll nuke Tel Aviv. It’s always the US’s fault. Why do we fund the UN?

cmay on June 2, 2007 at 8:35 AM

Blindness to those who delayed our attack on Iraq by over six months (so much for the “rush” to war) and gave Saddam ample time to hide and divert his WMD.

Anil Petra on June 2, 2007 at 11:24 AM

Blindness reminiscent of those who delayed our attack on Iraq by over six months (so much for the “rush” to war) and gave Saddam ample time to hide and divert his WMD.

Anil Petra on June 2, 2007 at 11:24 AM