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The Airbrushing of Egypt’s Mohamed ElBaradei

July 7th, 2013 - 1:54 am

As for the efforts of ElBaradei to stop that sort of thing — forget about it. As head of the IAEA he behaved more like Iran’s man in Vienna.  As I wrote in a 2011 article article on ElBaradei, he was “running interference for years against referral of of Iran’s nuclear program from the IAEA to the UN Security Council.” According to former U.S. ambassador to the UN John Bolton, ElBaradei “frequently altered the reports of IAEA inspectors,” editing their findings in ways that “gave Iran every benefit of the doubt.” One of ElBaradei’s finals acts in his UN post, in the fall of 2009, was to make a visit to Iran. There he assured Iran’s despots that the IAEA had no interest in their missile program, and — evidently oblivious to the reasons for what were already three rounds of UN Security Council sanctions resolutions on Iran — he stated: “As I have said many times, and I continue to say today, the Agency has no concrete proof that there is an ongoing weapons program in Iran.” He flattered his Tehran hosts that after he retired as head of the IAEA, “I would be very happy to come here as many times as I can.” (Within months of ElBaradei’s retirement from the IAEA, his successor, Yukiya Amano, produced a report warning of signs that Iran might be working on “the development of a nuclear payload for a missile.”)

Was ElBaradei’s fawning over Tehran nothing more than some isolated quirk of a democratic idealist? Not a chance. As I further noted in the article linked above, “Elbaradei’s hallmark was contempt for the world’s democracies, notably the U.S. and Israel; and an affinity for some of the world’s worst tyrannies, notably Iran, Syria and North Korea.” When North Korea conducted its first nuclear test, in 2006, ElBaradei oozed sympathy with totalitarian Pyongyang, calling its nuclear detonation “a cry for help.” When the Israelis in 2007 destroyed a clandestine nuclear reactor nearing completion in Syria and built with North Korean help, ElBaradei wrist-slapped Syria for not being more transparent. The harsh judgment he reserved for democratic Israel, accusing the Israeli government of breaking international law — though in truth, Israel with that strike on the Syrian reactor had done far more to protect the world from nuclear proliferation than anything ever done by Nobel laureate ElBaradei.

This is not the record of a democrat. True, ElBaradei called for and welcomed the overthrow in 2011 of Egypt’s longtime dictator, Hosni Mubarak. But ElBaradei’s record over many years suggests that at best he is an opportunist who likes to choose from his own catalogue of despot-friendly policies and fictions. At worst, while piling up his international laurels in Oslo and Vienna, he behaved like a man in the pocket of some of the world’s worst dictators, who also happened to be collaborators with each other in rogue pursuit of nuclear weapons and the missiles to deliver them — North Korea, Syria and Iran. That is not to accuse ElBaradei of breaking any UN rules or Austrian laws; it is quite bad enough that his own brand of honesty over the years has entailed sympathy and de facto support for some of the world’s most dangerous and repugnant regimes. Whatever ElBaradei might be saying these days, however fluent his English or prolific his photo-ops over the years with Western celebrities, could we please stop calling him a democratic idealist?

More: McCain: Now That the Muslim Bros are Deposed, We Should Suspend U.S. Aid to Egypt

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McCain is a beyond belief fool.
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He sounds like a bureaucrat's bureaucrat. The nowhere man. But to trot out my Inner Tom Friedman - that Panglossian miracle worker who always looks on the bright side - with all those Gyppos yearning to be free there must be a moderate in there somewhere. There just has be, so it must be ElBaradei. Stands to reason, doesn't it?
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IF not for Elbaredi's foot dragging and "encouragement", it is more than likely that Iran's genocidal program would have been stopped. He acted as its fig leaf, and back in 2009 exhorted that Israel couldn't stop it anyway! In effect, he posed as an Iranian agent, even though he was given the Peace Prize, not unlike the bloody handed Arafat. Color me none too bright, but was that in his job description? Rhetorical question.

In any case, Egypt isn't going down a democratic road anyway, regardless of the upheaval against the Brotherhood Mafia - http://adinakutnicki.com/2013/07/06/egypts-brotherhood-mafia-defanged-for-now-yet-muslim-brotherhood-calling-the-shots-in-america-how-did-this-happen-commentary-by-adina-kutnicki/

Adina Kutnicki, Israel http://adinakutnicki.com/about/
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THUS SPAKE THE SAUDIS
Clearly the Saudis spoke -- and were not happy with ElBaradei supporting the Iranians. Guess what they said..
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great essay Claudia .

wasn't he trying to be the MB front man before the elections?
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I would differ slightly ..instead of perceived potential they are awarded to those whose ideologies they wish to promote.
..............which is actually a lot worse.
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morsi lite.

he is bad news as well. but at least he will be directed by the military instead of the moon god
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McCain is a beyond belief fool.
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When I first saw el Baradai's name as possible interim Egyptian PM, my thought was how the Iranians played him when he headed up the IAEA.

Gave him a carpet, with his image woven in & ElBaradai responded to the flattery, gave their nuclear ambitions room.

He also made noises about running for Egyptian PM a year ago, which I thought was a bad idea.

Think of him as a weak, sycophantic sort.
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I don't think the Iranians played him. HE PLAYED THE WEST.. ..which isn't much of an accomplishment.
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Playing the west is looking like child's play.
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As concerning anything, anything at all, about Nobel prizes, this pasted comment from Claudia Rosette should be read slowly, and thoughtfully:

"The - winner - defines - the prize...."

She mentioned Yasser Arafat, that virtuous [in a Muslim's eye] paragon of Muslim treachery, grizzled, smirking fugitive-leader of butchering Muslims who shook hands with Billy Clinton, and so horrifically, with Rabin for the photo "op" of the current era, as a Nobel recipient. The expression on Rabin's face in that photo seemed to register dutiful but cautious acceptance of realpolitik. He was soon to be murdered.

"The winner defines the prize"

Next, among others, permit me to add one B. Hussein Obama.

There's no need to add anything to that patent travesty.

Remember Marie Curie? ......no?........then stop right here and look up her name for a rude and startling contrast in .....Qualifications...... and........ Achievement.

Compare the two malignancies associated with Marie Curie and then, B.Hussein Obama.

And, to top off everything, B.Hussein Obama was elected, twice, to the presidency of The United States.

Last, this elBaradei chameleon.

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Comparing Arafat, Obama, ElBaradei and Mme. Curie would be a much more telling comparison if they had each won the same prize. Curie's prizes (she won twice) were for chemistry and physics. Arafat, Obama, and ElBaradei won Peace Prizes. All they have in common is that both categories have the "Nobel" name on them. It would be better to compare Arafat, ElBaradei and Obama with other Peace Prize winners.

Not that I disagree with your assessments of Obama, Arafat or ElBaradei. Sometimes, I think the Nobel committees are giving prizes for the recipients perceived potential rather than their actual achievement; that is certainly how I perceive Obama's Nobel.
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Granted, I created a diverging apples/oranges situation; the point I broadly missed making was one of comparing Marie Curie's vivid achievement and background credentials with those of an empty affirmative-actioned mere diploma holder form Chicago and Harvard.

What would Alfred Nobel say about his prizes today......polish up your Ouidja Board.

Our World is turned upside down.
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