No justification for a military strike against Iran today at all: El Baradei

The Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) (which is apparently known for its extreme anti-Arab and pro-Israeli work) (see the following):

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Middle_East_Media_Research_Institute#Criticism

has published part of an interview with Mohammed El Baradei, the IAEA chief.  The headline of the article concentrates on the fact that El Baradei said the following that Iran has the potential, if the powers that be in Iran chose, to enrich enough uranium for a nuclear weapon in 6 months to a year.  Now that’s pretty big news for a pro-Israeli organization to headline.  However, the entire jist of the interview was ignored by the biased headline in that El Baradei then went on to express that there is absolutely no need whatsoever for a military attack on Iran at this time.  He said:

“In my view, a military strike would be the worst thing possible. It would turn the Middle East into a ball of fire.”

Interviewer: “It would be worse than sanctions?”

ElBaradei: “Much worse, because a military strike would mean, first and foremost, that even if Iran does not produce nuclear weapons today, it would implement a so-called ‘crash course,’ or an accelerated plan to produce a nuclear weapon, with the agreement and blessing of all the Iranians – even the Iranians living in the West.”

[…]

Interviewer: “Dr. ElBaradei, what do the Iranian officials tell you when you confront them about the need for more transparency?”

ElBaradei: “They say there will be more transparency, but at the end of the day, I’d rather wait to see this transparency.

[…]

“I always think of resigning in the event of a military strike.”

Interviewer: “You will resign in the event that…”

ElBaradei: “If military force is used, I would conclude that there is no mechanism left for me to defend.”

Interviewer: “This is a threat directed at the Americans – if you strike, I will resign.”

ElBaradei: “I am not doing this for material profit. If I was working in the private sector, I would… I am doing this out of the conviction that I am defending shared values. If we deviate from these shared values…”

Interviewer: “So there is no justification for an attack…”

ElBaradei: “The day I believe that the international system has begun to collapse is the day I will resign.”

[…]

Interviewer: “If the world reaches a consensus that there is no solution but to attack Iran, would you still resign? What if Europe, America, and the entire West agree that the only resolution is a military one?”

ElBaradei: “I don’t think that what we are seeing today in Iran poses a clear, imminent, and immediate danger.”

Interviewer: “But in a year or two, it could become…”

ElBaradei: “If this happens, it will be a different story, but if a military strike is launched against Iran now, in my opinion, I will have no choice but to…”

Interviewer: “So there is no justification for a strike against Iran today.”

ElBaradei: “None whatsoever. There will be no point in my continuing my work if military force is used at present.”

http://www.memri.org/bin/articles.cgi?Page=archives&Area=sd&ID=SP196708

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