If we don't all get blown up or irradiated, this man will have a lot to do with it. Since 1997, Egyptian-born Mohamed ElBaradei has served as the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), a United Nations agency that tries to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons and control "peaceful" nukes so they don't end up as bombs.
He is not the U.S.'s favorite guy. He was skeptical of charges that Saddam Hussein was developing nukes and debunked the Niger uranium sale forgeries that were part of the U.S. case for the Iraq war. The U.S. responded to this insubordination by trying unsuccessfully to deny him his current term as head of the IAEA.
What follows are excerpts from a much longer interview with ElBaradei recently published by the German newspaper Der Spiegel. Folks in the U.S. don't usually get to hear voices like this one.
Lots in this to consider while Bush threatens Iran and blusters about "success" in Iraq.
The rest of the world understands what a treasure this man and his agency are. In 2005, ElBaradei and the IAEA were honored with the Nobel Peace Prize.