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Mahmoud, Hu, and the Best of the Worst

I hope the young PLA officer who tried to disrupt my Thursday night book signing isn’t shot for failing in such a farcical way. It wasn’t his fault, really. The commissar who sent him out — in civvies, of course — armed with such idiotic talking points is the one who should suffer. If you’re still alive, lieutenant, go back to your colonel and tell him that when you insist that China is achieving democracy in a Chinese way, the argument is laughable — as I demonstrated it to be Thursday — because democracy is determined on the basis of objective criteria, not communist solipsism. I’d be glad to send you these criteria — they’re what we call the Bill of Rights — but you’d certainly be shot if discovered reading them. Which kinda proves the point. Neither subtle nor inscrutable, the Chicoms are on the offensive, and not just at your local Barnes & Noble. Just look at last week’s meeting of Beijing’s “Shanghai Cooperation Organization.”

The SCO — comprised of Russia, China, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan — is the low-hanging fruit of China’s assertion of hegemony over its neighbors. Russia is in to keep an eye on China and join in whatever mischief making Putin can direct in support of his own goals. There was a lot of SGO at the SCO last week. India, Pakistan and Mongolia were all dragged in as observers. If you saw the picture of Pakistan’s president and India’s foreign minister lined up, grimly facing the camera, you learned most of what you needed to know. But the guest who was smiling most broadly was the man from Iran.

As I posted on AmSpecBlog last Friday Mahmoud Ahmadinejad showed up — at Hu Jintao’s invitation — to celebrate his diplomatic victories with some of the nations that have helped produce them. His picture with Hu is worth ten thousand words. And it’s easy to figure out why Ahmadinejad is smiling. He arrived in Shanghai carrying with him the cover Hu needs to protect Iran’s nuclear weapons program. Ahmadinejad has been presented it on a silver platter by America and the EU.

Held in confidence for several days before being published and translated by MEMRI, the EU’s offer of incentives to Iran — now endorsed by us — contains some startling concessions to Iran. First among them is that, “[The E.U. agrees] to halt discussion of Iran’s nuclear portfolio in the U.N. Security Council, if negotiations are restarted.” Saddam never had it so good. But then again he wasn’t as smart as Ahmadinejad. He only had Jacques Chirac in his pocket. But then again, so does Ahmadinejad.

The EUnuchs sold out to Saddam for oil contracts. Iran is going them one better. As usual, the shopkeepers who rule Old Europe want to profit from the wealth produced by oil, even if it’s money soaked in the blood of victims of terror. Another “incentive” granted Iran is the ability to buy civilian — i.e., EUnuch-subsidized — Airbus aircraft.

The language in the EU proposal to Iran grants Iran, “Civilian aeronautic cooperation (including an option [for Iran] to purchase civilian planes), and to lift restrictions [placed on] Iran regarding the repair of these [Western-] made planes, and in this way Iran will have the opportunity to acquire a fleet of new planes for conveying passengers.” Airbus is in a world of hurt because its huge new 555-passenger aircraft isn’t selling. The EUnuchs want to sell enough to recover their 12 billion euro investment and make a nice profit. They will do so by selling it to Iran and to China in return for allowing Iran to achieve its nuclear weapons ambitions (and whatever else Hu can demand of Iran). What could be worse? How about security guarantees to Iran — diplomatic guarantees against American military action to destroy Iran’s ability to produce nukes — and even a regional security arrangement?

Reading on, the EUnuchs’ package proposes: “Support for the establishment of a regional intergovernmental organization, to include the countries of the region and other countries interested in advancing the level of cooperation and dialogue on security issues in the Persian Gulf, with the aim of creating security agreements in the region and cooperation on important security issues in the region, including guarantees of political power and territorial integrity.” In short, the EUnuchs have signed on to an Islamic caliphate in the Middle East ruled by Iran. And we have endorsed it.

In return for all this, the EUnuchs ask Iran to promise to halt enrichment of uranium during the negotiations, which — of course — are open-ended. In response, Ahmadinejad says only that, “Generally speaking, we regard this package as a step forward, and we will give a response in due time based on the interests of the people of the Islamic Republic of Iran.” Even though the EUnuchs have given him everything he wanted, he wants more. And he’ll get more, from them and from China.

Shortly after 9-11, the President demanded that nations choose between the terrorists and us. China has made a clear choice, and it is the wrong one. The SCO isn’t yet a global alliance of terrorist nations, but it may soon be. Whether it attains that status depends on how much Iran is willing to pay to join. On Sunday, the Iranian News Agency quoted Ahmadinejad as saying, “The SCO itself means sustainable security in half of the world while it can serve a good pattern for others,” adding that it can connect Asia to Europe. The pattern of the SCO is distinguishable from the pattern of the Iranian Islamic caliphate it nurtures. For now.

TAS contributing editor Jed Babbin is the author of Inside the Asylum: Why the UN and Old Europe Are Worse Than You Think (Regnery, 2004) and, with Edward Timperlake, Showdown: Why China Wants War With the United States (Regnery, May 2006 — click here to obtain a free chapter).

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