Tuesday, February 27, 2007


In an article today discussing the problems the U.S. is facing in getting the U.N. Security Council to back any meaningful sanctions against Iran for their failure to stop the march towards acquisition of nuclear weapons, the Post states: "Not all parties agree on the seriousness of the threat from Iran or how best to contain it. Of the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council, Russia and China have resisted tough sanctions." Either the Post is naive, which they are not, or they are being disingenuous. No one can doubt the seriousness of the threat that the bellicose theocracy of Iran to the West or to the Sunni countries in the Middle East. Both Russia and China have extensive economic ties with Iran and see Iran as a card to play against the U.S. and the West in a game of power politics. They are allies of convenience with Iran at the moment. It seems clear, in this and other articles by the Washington Post of late, that they are attempting to muddy the waters wherever possible in order to lessen any justification for military action against Iran.

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