If Bill Gates were to tell me that he needed one million dollars to accomplish a life-long goal, I would have to wonder. Why would Gates be looking for additional money when he is already sitting on billions of dollars of wealth? There can’t be a justifiable need for that extra money when it would be as noticeable as a drop in a bucket. I’m sure I’d come to the conclusion that there was some underlying want, not need, which was driving him.

Likewise, I’m highly skeptical (to put it mildly) of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s supposed need for nuclear power, when the nation of Iran is situated atop a lake of petroleum sufficient to provide all the power demands for that nation for years to come. So he doesn’t really need nuclear power plants to generate electricity. What he wants is nuclear weaponry, and the Non-Proliferation Treaty be damned.

So what do the powerful nations of the world do about Iran’s rush to nuclear power? Well, they’ve been trying to bribe Iran with all sorts of economic goodies, even offering a free nuclear power plant. Ahmadinejad’s response to the bribery was to disparage those who offered it: “They say they want to give us incentives. They think they can take away our gold and give us some nuts and chocolate in exchange.” You know, if he really wanted nuclear capability to generate electrical power, shouldn’t Ahmadinejad have jumped at the chance to get a free nuclear plant?

I just hope Ahmadinejad accepts the offer. Otherwise, he may raise the wrath of the United Nations Security Council. And if that happens, all hell would break loose when the Security Council sends Iran a strongly worded condemnation!

*shudder* The horrors!

You think I’m joking about the condemnation, and I am. But the Security Council is not. From a link at Little Green Footballs today:

Russia and China are resisting proposals from Britain, France and the United States for a council statement that would express “serious concern” about Iran’s nuclear program and asks it to comply with demands from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). The statement does not threaten sanctions. [all emphasis mine]

No sanctions. No actions. Just a U.N. statement of “serious concern.” Sounds like they’ll be as effective in promoting world peace as Neville Chamberlain.

Peace in our time

“My good friends, for the second time in our history, a British Prime Minister has returned from Germany bringing peace with honour. I believe it is peace for our time.”