Caspian Sea States Issue Statement Opposing Iran Strikes By US, Israel
From The Last Days Of President Bush blog :
President Bush casually discussed the possibility of World War III breaking out over Iran's alleged nuclear weapons ambitions today, with a few chuckles thrown in to 'lighten' the mood at the press conference.
His warning that Iran had to be stopped from gaining "the knowledge" of how to building nuclear weapons was directed primarily towards Russia and China, both of whom have opposed further sanctions on Iran, and resisted even talk of military action.
President Bush now finds himself squaring off with only Israel as a fully committed anti-Iran alliance member against the full might of an unofficial alliance comprised of Iran, Russia and China, who now have dozens of other countries, including Pakistan, India and Afghanistan on side under umbrella trade and economic alliances. Putin recently warned the states bordering the Caspian Sea not to allow the United States to launch air strikes on Iran from their territory. Putin reportedly faced little resistance from the 'stans.
Both Russia and China have hundreds of billions of dollars worth of trade interests and energy deals with Iran at the moment, and both had have warned the United States and Israel not to go to War On Iran.
Remarkably, President Bush has now backed almost completely away from NeoCon-pumped propaganda claiming Iran already has nuclear weapons, or is only a year or two away from developing them.
President Bush clearly said his interest was to stop Iran from gaining "the knowledge" to build nuclear weapons, not that they had them already, or were close to getting them.
"I believe they want to have the capacity, the knowledge, in order to make a nuclear weapon. And I know it's in the world's interest to prevent them from doing so.
"I told (world leaders) that if you're interested in avoiding World War III, it seems like you ought to be interested in preventing them from having knowledge necessary to make a nuclear weapon. And I take this very -- I take the threat of Iran with a nuclear weapon very seriously."
World opposition to the United States and/or Israel striking Iran is now overwhelming. Yesterday, an alliance of Caspian Sea states issued a statement voicing their opposition to the growing tide of threats from the US, Israel and France toward Iran :
Russia, Iran and other Caspian Sea states have issued a declaration warning other nations against using their territories for launching military action against any one of them.
The statement came at the end of a summit of leaders of the five nations, and is believed to refer to a possible US strike on Iran launched from Azerbaijan.
Putin has said that no Caspian Sea state should let its soil be used to attack a fellow coastal country.
"The parties underline that under no circumstances would they allow other nations to use their territory for waging aggression or other military action against any of the parties," the declaration said.
Putin had said earlier: "We should not even think of making use of force in this region."
Although the mostly manufacture 'Iran Crisis' is helping to distract Americans from the unfolding tragedy of the War On Iraq, in the rest of the world the growing alliance between Iran, China and Russia, and a host of other nations, united in their opposition to NeoCon-led demands for air strikes on Iran, is making the United States look weak and decidedly like a rogue nation.
More rogue, at least, than Iran for the time being.