27 May 2008

Is Iran Hiding Something?

A report, which apparently was not supposed to be released to the public, out of the UN claims that “Iran may be withholding information needed to establish whether it tried to make nuclear arms” according to Fox News. The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has been working to get a full disclosure from Iran for some time now. But like so many efforts, the IAEA appears to be hampered by the fact that, in the end, there aren’t any teeth in the agency.

Gregory L. Schulte, the US representative to the IAEA, claims (per the AP) that “Iran is stonewalling its inspectors, it's moving forward in developing its enrichment capability in violation of Security Council resolutions.” This scenario sounds very familiar.

The sad thing is that, much like North Korea, there is little that the “international community” can, or is willing to, do about Iran’s nuclear ambitions. While it would be great if there was some unity within the UN Security Council on the matter, none can or should be expected. Outside of declarations and resolutions – words – the Security Council cannot be expected to do anything about the matter. There is too much money orbiting Iran. Even the neutral Swiss have new interests in Iran.

None of this refutes Iran’s status as the lead of state-sponsored terrorism. But then again, it has been a long time since any Western country was seriously hit by a terrorist act. Memories are short, the money is there just waiting to be had…so two blind eyes are turned. For all of its positives and as much as I am a supporter of it, capitalism can be downright shameful at times.

So we can expect a nuclear Iran at some point in the future. Nothing, I suspect, will be done to prevent it. Indeed, perhaps nothing can be done at this point. But may I point out to the read the need, recently covered in print, for two important initiatives: a combined one million man Army and Marine Corps (active duty only) and an international council of truly democratic nations to act in ways that a largely despotic UN will not.

1 comment:

Jack N said...

It's a very worn concept but the United States of America should totally [including financially] withdraw from any and all united nations involvement.