Well, actually it's the beginning of the end of the Iranian nation as we know it, but let's not split hairs. And it looks like once again we'll be doing it ourselves:
"The nuclear fuel cycle at the laboratory level has been completed, and uranium with the desired enrichment for nuclear power plants was achieved," Mr. Ahmedinejad said in a speech that was broadcast live from the city of Mashad.
"Iran has joined the nuclear countries of the world," he later added. "This is a starting point for more major points of success for the Iranian nation."
European foreign ministers met [yesterday] in Luxembourg to discuss steps short of sanctions that could be taken to pressure Iran if it does not comply with the Security Council request. Both Russia and China have indicated deep reluctance to impose sanctions, even while supporting calls for a freeze on Iranian research."Steps short of sanctions" sounds suspiciously like surrender to this simple soul. It conjures up images of Europe starting by asking nicely, proceeding quickly to offering concessions, and hitting snags while in the middle of begging. I imagine it'll be at that point that we'll handle things, leaving the Europeans to end as they always do: by condemning us. So it goes.
Much more, including a roundup of blogosphere reaction, at Stop the ACLU here and here.