Another straight-shooting report from Teheran by Thomas Erdbrink in the Times. The non-aligned group voted to support Iran's development of nuclear power but refused to go along with Iran's policy supporting Syria's Assad. Does anyone think the U.S. needs to recalibrate? This is a large part of the world expect for Europe, Israel, and us."TEHRAN The 120-nation Nonaligned Movement handed its host Iran a diplomatic victory on Friday, unanimously decreeing support for the disputed Iranian nuclear energy program and criticizing the American-led attempt to isolate and punish Iran with unilateral economic sanctions."But the groups communiqu, issued by Iranian state news media at the end of its annual meeting, omitted any mention of support for Syria, Irans vital Middle East ally, which appeared to reflect a view among many members that the Syrian governments attempt to crush the uprising there was indefensible."PM Morsi of Egypt was also given the back of the hand by Iranian officials for proposing the Assad government step down in Syria reflecting, the story says, widespread Arab support for an end to the carnage.UPDATE: The head of the Joints Chief, Martin Dempsey isn't enthused about an attack on Iran: "Distancing himself from any Israeli plan to bomb Iran, Dempsey said such an attack would "clearly delay but probably not destroy Iran's nuclear programme".He added: "I don't want to be complicit if they [Israel] choose to do it." In the Guardian. Hope the Commander-in-Cheif agrees with him!
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