Is this the "punch" to the west that Iranian President Ahmadinejad promised for today?
"Ahmadinejad Says Iran Is Now a 'Nuclear State'"
"Iran proclaims new success in uranium enrichment"
"President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad claimed Thursday that Iran has produced its first batch of uranium enriched to a higher level, saying his country will not be bullied by the West into curtailing its nuclear program a day after the U.S. imposed new sanctions."
"I want to announce with a loud voice here that the first package of 20 percent fuel was produced and provided to the scientists," he said.
"Enriching uranium produces fuel for a nuclear power plants but can also be used to create material for atomic weapons if enriched further to 90 percent or more."
IF (and I repeat "if", because there is a lot left of this day ((February 11th)), and anything could still happen) this is "it" - then look at the contradiction:
Ahmadinejad promised that the west would receive a "punch" today, sending it reeling.
He also stated (again) that Iran's nuclear progress is ONLY for peaceful purposes (to produce energy)....So, under that premise, why would enrichment of uranium, for "peaceful purposes" be a "punch" to the west? It would only be a "punch" if intended for weaponry.
Regardless, the day is young and we shall see. Additionally, there are already mass protests occurring in Iran, as predicted. How that is handled should be interesting as well.
As a parting shot from Ahmadinejad, we also see this today:
"Ahmadinejad warns Israel against any military move"
In this article, Ahmadinejad stated that Israel should be "finished off" if it were to launch any military action in the region.
"Last week, Syria -- a key regional ally of Iran -- accused Israel of pushing the Middle East toward a new war."
"Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri, in an interview broadcast on Wednesday, said Israeli aircraft were making daily incursions into Lebanese air space, creating a very dangerous situation."
More rhetoric. That is what February 11th has brought thus far. We'll watch events in the Middle East closely today, but it wouldn't be surprising if the announcement on enrichment is the big "punch"...Ahmadinejad is on the verge of becoming as infamous as "Baghdad Bob", if he keeps this up!