Are you inclined to accept the Thug-In-Chief’s protestations that Iran wants nuclear power solely for peaceful purposes? If so, can you kindly explain why the “Down Wiht Israel” balloon pictured above features a nuclear symbol?
“Iran sends defiant message to West on revolution day,” by Hossein Jaseb for Reuters :
TEHRAN (Reuters) – Iran aims to send a satellite into space next summer and will not retreat in a nuclear row with the West, its president said on Monday, in a defiant speech on the anniversary of the country’s 1979 Islamic revolution.
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad addressed a major rally in Tehran a week after Iran sparked international concern by test-launching a rocket designed to carry its first domestically made research satellite into orbit.
“God willing, next summer the first 100 percent Iranian-made satellite will be positioned in orbit,” he said.
The West fears Tehran is covertly trying to obtain nuclear bombs. Iran, the world’s fourth-largest oil exporter, says it needs nuclear energy to meet booming electricity demand.
The technology used to put satellites into space could also be used for launching weapons, analysts say, and both the United States and Russia have expressed concern about the rocket test. […]
Ahmadinejad also said Iran would not back down in the nuclear dispute with the West, despite the threat of a third round of U.N. sanctions on the Islamic Republic over its refusal to halt sensitive atomic work.
“They should know that the Iranian nation will not retreat one iota from its nuclear rights,” he told the crowd which had gathered in the capital for the 29th anniversary of the revolution that toppled the U.S.-backed shah.
Iranian officials had called on people to turn out in large numbers to show their unity in the face of Western pressure. State television broadcast footage of rallies held across Iran.
The official IRNA news agency said Ahmadinejad was addressing a “million-strong gathering” but it was not immediately possible to confirm this figure.
“America should understand and believe that the Iranian nation will not back down from its rights,” demonstrator Leila Jafari told Reuters.
Others at the rally burnt effigies representing Uncle Sam….