LetÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s face it. Iran's nuclear drive is a "train with no brake and reverse gear," with a driver named Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Unless the world leaders find the stop button quickly, a collision might be inevitable. That is an eventuality nobody wants to see. All indications call for need of a new, bold initiative but the EU appears hell-bent on pursuing the threadbare policy of appeasing Tehran once more and the mullahs are always ready to exploit all these signs of craven weakness.
Since KhomeiniÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s death in 1989 and the so-called Ã¢â‚¬Å“pragmaticÃ¢â‚¬Â presidency of Hashemi Rafsanjani, the EU has continually banked on dealing with a moderating faction within the Iranian regime.
In 1997, Europe saw a new hope Ã¢â‚¬â€ the election of Mohammed Khatami, a Ã¢â‚¬Å“moderateÃ¢â‚¬Â as president. The appeasement policy of the European countries for the next eight years enabled Tehran to get closer to obtain nuclear weapons. The list of European complicity, acquiescence and groveling submission to the mullahs went on and on.