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Thursday, December 21, 2006

Iran Thumbs Its Nose At The UN

This is a surprise for readers that I'm here on a day other than a Sunday. But I'm spending Christmas with the kids, so I figured what the heck.

It seems like sanctions against Iran might be close to fruition, but as the Boston Globe reports this morning, Iran is already telling the UN to get stuffed:

A planned U.N. sanctions resolution will force Iran to review cooperation with the United Nations' nuclear watchdog but will not make Tehran abandon its atomic program, a senior Iranian official said on Thursday.

After weeks of haggling between major world powers, diplomats expect a resolution imposing limited sanctions on Iran for refusing to halt sensitive nuclear fuel work will be approved by the U.N. Security Council before Christmas.

"The nature of this resolution is not capable of pressuring Iran and Iran will give an appropriate response to it," Ali Larijani, secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council, was quoted as saying by the ISNA students news agency.

"This behavior will just create more problems," he said.

"If they ratify the resolution Iran will be in a new situation. In this situation Iran will review its cooperation with the agency (International Atomic Energy Agency) and (review) other political, economic and cultural fields."

Iran denies Western accusations that its civilian nuclear program masks a covert bomb-making effort.

"The issue for the other side is not whether Iran's program is peaceful or not. Basically they don't want Iran to have such technology," Larijani said after meeting Pakistani Foreign Minister Kursheed Mehmood Kasuri.

The U.N. resolution bans imports and exports of materials and technology relating to uranium enrichment, reprocessing and heavy-water reactors, as well as ballistic missile systems.
In a concession to Russia, it has dropped a mandatory travel ban on Iranian officials.

Marcie noted the new statements from Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, and now we have this today. This nut just doesn't give up, does he? His nation is about to have sanctions levied against it, and with the new secretary general poised to hold a firm stance on Iran, he just continues to jack up the pressure. But the pressure is mounting on him. Yes, China and Russia balked at the travel ban that was called for, though I have no idea why. Unless they'd like to continue doing business face-to-face.

And he continues to deny that they're working on a nuclear weapon, which is nonsense. Let's review what we know thus far. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has been pushing some pretty heavy "end times"-like rhetoric here. He has spoken extensively regarding the 12th Imam, which would bring about a final confrontation between the forces of light (read: Islam) and the forces of darkness (read: infidels); he has sworn to destroy Israel under "holy fire" (read: nuclear attack); they have successfully enriched uranium, and are continuing to do so; they are attempting to procure more uranium in arms deals with Somalia; And they have inquired to Russia about the possibility of gaining ICBM technology. Given all of that, how're we supposed to believe them when they say they're not developing nuclear weapons?

That's like catching Hitler's SS putting Jews in the train cars, following them to the concentration camps, watching them be unloaded and pushed into the "shower rooms," watching them remove the bodies, but having Hitler tell everyone that he's not killing Jews. It's insane, and Ahmadinejad can't believe the world is really this stupid. Greedy? Willing to look the other way? Sure, a few, but not the majority, and certainly not the ones who are directly threatened by him. And for those looking at the scoreboard, as of yesterday, as astutely pointed out by Marcie, we have received threat number two, and Britain is included under that umbrella now.

I do hope the nations that have been trying to shield Iran--Russia and China, mainly--are paying attention to this little drama unfolding on the world's stage. And that actually goes double for Russia, who is facing a problem in Chechnya and it's other former states with the recent influx of Islamic fighters. As Mark Steyn has noted on several different occasions, Russia is on the verge of a serious collapse. They have the Chinese making incursions on their eastern borders, and Islamicists that are pushing from the south. Russia right now is a vast wasteland with the majority of it's population locked in and around Moscow; there are vast expanses that are left unsecured and unpatrolled, making them viable breeding grounds for extremists. Russia could very soon find itself being bitten by the rabid dog they keep feeding.

IF Iran gets nuclear weapons, the world is going to be wetting its collective drawers. But looking at what's proposed in these sanctions, they're not going to stick. There are enough holes in what's been proposed to drive a Mack truck through.

Sabrina McKinney


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