Saturday, February 04, 2006

Iran referred to the UNSC

The push has come to shove. The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has referred Iran to the UN Security Council. The extent of Iran's isolation can be gauged from the voting pattern of the resolution. The decision was taken by a lead of 27 against 3. India voted for the motion. Good choice!

Cuba, Syria and Venezuela voted against the motion. Comint is working up a lather again.

Iran's government has been threatening dire consequences. Just a day before countries met to discuss the referral in Vienna, Iran's president Mahmoud Ahmedinejad had said that his country has the undeniable right to develop nuclear energy and will not succumb to bullying by fake superpowers. He also surveyed the nuclear power plant in Bushehr with scientists.

The situation is following a decidedly different path from the Iraq conflict. That the Americans have given the UN the time and opportunity to follow on the process is an indication that they are not thinking aggression, at least in the near future. Makes eminent sense. Iraq and Afghanistan have stretched the limits of the armies' endurance, as it is. Britain is unlikely to blindly support America if the demand for another army recruitment arises from across the Atlantic.

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