Sunday, May 07, 2006

With Or Without You: U.S. Prepared for U.N. Vote on Iran

Edith M. Lederer of the AP is reporting that the U.S. is ready to back a draft resolution co-sponsored by Britain and France demanding that "that Iran suspend uranium enrichment, plutonium reprocessing, and construction of a heavy-water nuclear reactor."

As Lederer notes, "The draft states that the 'proliferation risk' posed by Iran constitutes a threat to international peace and security, and the resolution would be adopted under Chapter 7 of the U.N. Charter, which can be enforced by sanctions, or if necessary, military action."

Perennial contrarians Russia and China, who oppose the Chapter 7 classification, have given lip service to the absurd notion that Iran is running an energy-only enrichment program. As Benjamin Netanyahu said on Thursday, Iran's abundance of oil renders claims about the regime's need for nuclear energy meaningless. The public threats made by the regime (including the promised eradication of Israel) fill in the blanks for anyone with ears to hear.

It's no secret that Russia and China have a huge economic interest in maintaining the status quo in Iran. Allegiances deeper than that (and based on mutual resentment of American hegemony and nostalgia for imperial pasts) may surface in the coming days. Anyone named Franz Ferdinand may want to stay inside.

With France on board and only oppressive China and recently chided Russia (Cheney and Amnesty connected nicely for a rare neocon-liberal double shot last week), stopping Iran and controlling proliferation may be cast as the progressive cause it truly is.


Anonymous Chad Hogg said...

Call me naive, but I have never understood how a group of nuclear-capable nations, including the only nation to have used a nuclear weapon against the citizens of another, can keep a straight face while insisting that it would be a threat to world peace if some other nation were to achieve the same capabilities. Certainly I think that Britain, France, and the U.S.A. are less likely to use their nuclear capacity irresponsibly than Tehran, but I doubt the Iranian people see it that way.

The thought of a hostile nation with control of weapons of mass destruction is disturbing, but I don't think we have the right to say a damn thing about it until we dismantle our own weapons. (And I can't see that ever happening.)

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