Wednesday, August 29, 2007

France's Sarkozy raises prospect of Iran airstrikes

French President Nicolas Sarkozy said on Monday a diplomatic push by the world's powers to rein in Tehran's nuclear program was the only alternative to "an Iranian bomb or the bombing of Iran."

Sarkozy said a nuclear-armed Iran would be unacceptable and that major powers should continue their policy of incrementally increasing sanctions against Tehran while being open to talks if Iran suspended nuclear activities.

"This initiative is the only one that can enable us to escape an alternative that I say is catastrophic: the Iranian bomb or the bombing of Iran," he said, adding that it was the worst crisis currently facing the world.

"Not all of this is doom and gloom," Sarkozy went on to add, "Everyone is painfully aware of the shortage of parking spaces throughout the entire middle east, and we could kill two birds with one stone by employing precision air strikes..."

Pictured: Artist's conception of what most of Iran would resemble should military actions become necessary to thwart Iranian nuclear weapon production.

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