On June 9, 2010 the United Nations imposed new sanctions on Iran. The ongoing effort to force Iran into compliance with international demands over its nuclear program has the feel of too little too late.
Security Council Resolution 1929 has been heralded as a crucial step in the process of containing Iran, but appears Shakespearean: Much Ado About Nothing.
It was passed by 12 votes after the U.S. cobbled the package together over a period of six months. Brazil and Turkey voted against it, while Lebanon abstained. The lack of a unified front is widely regarded as weakness.
President Obama, speaking at the White House, advised that this round of sanctions were the toughest ever faced by the Iranian government. He said, “We know that the Iranian government will not change its behavior overnight, but today’s vote demonstrates the growing costs that will come with Iranian intransigence.”
A defiant Tehran responded with a slightly different view, insisting that punitive measures will change absolutely nothing. President Mahmoud Ahmadinejab said, “These resolutions have no value. . .it is like a used handkerchief that should be thrown in the waste bin. Sanctions are falling on us from the left and the right. For us they are the same pesky flies. We have patience and we will endure throughout all of this.”
Iran has been vociferous in their enthused claims of innocence regarding their nuclear program—it is peaceful and they have no plans or intention to build nuclear weapons.
Ah-huh. If any unbiased individual truly believes those assertions, it’d be headline news. Any reasoned reading of Iran’s history reveals that the regime’s current anti-Israel bombast is merely ancient hatred rooted in complex religious and tribal animosities that go back thousands of years. The fact that it repeatedly gets refashioned and recycled every generation is testimony to the dark heart of humanity.
Of course, we live in a world where history is given little credence—for far too many people, history is simply last night’s television shows.
Instead of learning lessons history teaches about the severe limitations of diplomacy when it comes to dealing with tyrants and bullies, we operate within the confines of a false hope for a good outcome. To allow Iran to defy the international community reveals that there is serious disconnect between policy failures and reality because we continue to pursue a disingenuous course while wishing for the best.
In mid-February 2010, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), released a report that outlined Iran’s potential for producing a nuclear weapon which includes plans for developing a missile-ready warhead.
Iran is determined to dominate the region. It is on record for being in full support of destroying Israel—erasing the nation from the map while eliminating the people from the face of the earth. President Ahmadinejab has continually spewed virulent anti-Israel rhetoric which is quite often matched by other Iranian leaders.
This latest U.N. initiative is the fourth round since 2006, and despite the hard words from the Obama Administration, these sanctions are merely the window dressing of a feckless foreign policy. Eighteen months into his presidency, Obama has proven himself to be all talk no action.
These sanctions are in no way crippling or conducive to changing Iran’s behavior, which is their intent. If this is the best the U.S. could do in six months of negotiating, then it’d be wise for Israel to come to terms with the truth that they have no ally presently occupying the Oval Office.
Senator John McCain noted that the U.N. Resolution was modest and called for unilateral sanctions. He said, “I wish I could say that today’s Security Council Resolution is worth the more than six months it took to produce, but that is just not the case. The resolution is a lowest common denominator product, which builds only modestly on the three sanctions resolutions that the U.N. Security Council has passed already.”
A nuclear armed Iran ought to be of deep concern for anyone who desires peace in the Middle East. Iran and Israel are on a collision course.
The only question: On which side of history will the U.S. reside?