Iran: 3,000 centrifuges installed

Mahmoud and his merry band of pirates have a big announcement set for tomorrow:

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is expected to announce on Monday the installation of 3,000 centrifuges for uranium enrichment in the Natanz nuclear facility, the official Iranian news agency reported.

The announcement will be made as part of the Islamic Republic’s “National Nuclear Day” celebrations.

That’s the entirety of the Ynet story, but it’s not the whole story. Allah had the scoop on it a few days back, from an ABC report:

Iran has more than tripled its ability to produce enriched uranium in the last three months, adding some 1,000 centrifuges which are used to separate radioactive particles from the raw material…

The addition of 1,000 new centrifuges, which are not yet operational, means Iran is expanding its enrichment program at a pace much faster than U.S. intelligence experts had predicted…

Previous predictions by U.S. intelligence had cited 2015 as the earliest date Iran could develop a weapon.

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has publicly predicted his country would have 3,000 centrifuges installed by this May, but few in the West gave his claim much credence, until now.

Well, perhaps a few more in the West will give credence to the claim now that the Iranian news agency is set to announced it for real.

All of this would seem to add a bit of urgency to the international community’s drive to stop Iran from getting nukes. Well, if the Chinese and the Russians weren’t also part of that international community and using their positions on the UNSC to block meaningful sanctions on Iran, anyway. Perhaps the installation of 3,000 centrifuges will earn Mahmoud a letter telling him that the international community is “really, really mad” at him and is considering issuing both a vicious rant and an important action alert against him. The very fear of such a thing might well strike him dead on the spot.

Sorry to sound so flip about all this. It’s gallows humor, trust me. Basically, the vaunted international community is letting one of the most pernicious regimes on the face of the earth obtain nuclear weapons. Everyone knows what’s going on. No one is willing to do much about it. We stand villified for stopping Saddam Hussein, and would be villified all the more if we act any time soon to stop Mahmoud. When he gets the nuke and blows up a city somewhere, we’ll be villified for not stopping him. That’s how the international community works.

I guess what I’m saying is that the international community is a giant waste of time, and will soon be a ginormous waste of life. And the international community is very likely to blame it all on us when the mushroom cloud lights the sky.