Wednesday, December 20, 2006

If it weren't for us...

From The Washington Post:

UNITED NATIONS -- Iran demanded Tuesday that the U.N. Security Council condemn what it said was Israel's clandestine development of nuclear weapons and "compel" it to place all its nuclear facilities under U.N. inspection.

If Israel refuses to comply, Iran said the council must take "resolute action" under Chapter 7 of the U.N. Charter which authorizes a range of measures from diplomatic and economic sanctions to military action.

Iran insists its own nuclear program is a purely peaceful effort to develop energy, but the United States and many European nations believe Tehran's real aim in enriching uranium is to produce nuclear weapons. The Security Council is currently debating a resolution that would impose sanctions on Iran for refusing to suspend its enrichment program.

Now we've been fooling around with possible actions against Iran and it's so called "peaceful nuke program" (which, just as a reminder, it plans to sell to its neighbors) for far to long.  But we can bet with the utmost level of confidence that if it weren't for the US and our veto power, sanctions (if not worse) against Israel would be slapped down almost instantaneously.  What a different view the UN has of Israel now than sixty-ish years ago when it grantned legal status to seemingly lone sane Mid-Eastern states.

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