With the IAEA report on Iranian non-compliance due potentially within minutes of this posting, Iranian defiance has not abated. It has, in fact, become more intense. Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad dismissed the UN Security Council and the IAEA out of hand while addressing a rally orchestrated by the regime. Said Ahmadinejad, “Those who want to prevent Iranians from obtaining their right, should know that we do not give a damn to such resolutions.”
Yet, to date all UN resolutions and/or statements have been gentle on the Iranian regime with an IAEA leadership reluctant to step forward and a UN Security Council fielding two veto-wielding member states – Russia and China. Both states oppose any sanctions against Iran, let alone military action. Russia and China are major trading partners with Iran and adversarial to most American policy wishes, and both states have contributed significantly to the clandestine Iranian nuclear program currently under international scrutiny.
For these reasons, it is not unreasonable to conclude that any IAEA and/or UNSC statements or resolutions will fail to have any real affect on the Iranian program or the regime’s economic or military status.
The parallel universe occupying the synapses of Ahmadinejad’s mind is plainly visible through his statements. However, those same statements are a refreshing dose of directness and honesty historically shrouded by the Iranian regime. For that, the West should be appreciative. Speaking in the northwestern Iranian city of Zanjan, Ahmadinejad declared the state sponsor of terrorism a fountain of world peace when he said, “We call for peace and tranquility for all states. We have not attacked any country and are not regarded as a threat to the world. The Iranian nation is independent.” His defiance was echoed by former Iranian President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, often misrepresented by Western agencies as a ‘moderate’.
Israel, of course, is not a state by Iranian definition. So the calls for the destruction of the illegitimate gaggle currently occupying Palestinian Territory do not count against the calls for tranquility for ‘all states’ and absolves Iran and its surrogates – Iranian funded terrorist groups Hizballah, Hamas, Palestinian Islamic Jihad, et al – from being counted in any attacks on any ‘country’.
The Iranian nuclear advances were said to be the property of all Muslims by Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir. Iran has previously stated that it intends to share its ‘peaceful’ nuclear technology with all Muslim nations. To that end, the Sudan Tribune reports that a cooperation agreement was signed by the two states Wednesday in Tehran.
It remains uncomfortably clear that the only way to stop the Iranian sprint towards nuclear arms and their proliferation throughout the world is to physically stop the regime. Resolutions are conspiracies to be ignored. Sanctions are economic attacks by Zionists and Zionist supporters to be endured and counter-attacked. Negotiations are vehicles through which meek Western leaders, wittingly or unwittingly, buy the regime precious development time.
Air strikes on Iranian nuclear facilities are a declaration of war. That much is agreeable.
But, to those wandering through their comfortable days waiting in line for their Happy Meals or demanding investigations into evil oil companies seeking a gouging cause to rising gas prices, please understand that there is already a war on.
It doesn’t look like what you think wars look like, but it is declared in the minds of the antagonists and the combatants are wielding their weapons with varying degrees of success and persistent degrees of non-recognition by Western observers.
Note to Washington politicians: Gas is at record levels because crude oil is at record levels. Oil is at record levels because of Iranian threats to close the Strait of Hormuz.
There’s a war on.
The weapons are words, terrorism, oil, and religion. All are accurately and effectively targeting the inherent weaknesses of Western tolerance and conflict avoidance.
As evidenced by American reaction to the price of gasoline and Washington’s inexplicable joining in the dance, the West is more apt to rip itself apart rather than confront the aggressors.