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Guardian: Iran Is Right, UN Is US Stooge

From those dispensers of mirth at the UK’s Guardian:

Ahmadinejad has a point

It is hard to dispute the Iranian president’s argument that the UN security council has become a creature of the US, and a rubber stamp for self-interest.

Simon Tisdall

September 20, 2006

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s forthright criticism of the United Nations was not aimed at the UN itself but at the way the security council is manipulated by the great powers, primarily the United States, to further their own policy objectives. And who is to say he is wrong?

The problem for George Bush and those within his administration who have been working overtime lately to portray Iran’s leadership as the single biggest threat to global security is that many if not most people, and most member countries of the comparatively powerless UN general assembly, will agree with Mr Ahmadinejad.

It is certainly hard to argue against his view that the US, backed to his shame by Tony Blair, actively obstructed UN efforts to secure an early ceasefire in Israel’s July war on Lebanon. A British Foreign Office minister has since admitted that this was probably the wrong course of action. But that is no consolation to the relatives of the hundreds of civilians who died because Israel was not reined in earlier.

It is equally hard to fault Mr Ahmadinejad’s condemnation of the failure of the occupying powers in Iraq, again principally the US and Britain, to establish any resemblance of security there amid horrendous daily bloodshed. It hardly needs to be pointed out that this disaster began in 2003 when the US and Britain ignored the UN and launched an illegal invasion.

Iraq was one of the very few major issues in recent times on which Washington did not get its way at the UN. By rejecting the security council majority’s position, it did exactly what it now accuses Iran’s government of doing over the nuclear issue.

In fact, Mr Ahmadinejad and his government have repeatedly offered resumed negotiations on the nuclear dossier.

What they object to, reasonably enough, is the US-British-French demand, pushed through the security council, that Iran suspend enrichment activities as a precondition for new talks.

Washington’s haste in trying to push this problem towards a confrontation involving punitive UN-mandated sanctions is reminiscent of the run-up to the Iraq war when the US refused to give more time for UN weapons inspectors to complete their work.

"If they [the US and Britain] have differences with a nation or state, they drag it to the security council," Mr Ahmadinejad said. They then assign themselves the roles of "prosecutor, judge and executioner … Is this just," he asked.

The answer is no, it is not – and it both damages the UN and is frequently counter-productive…

But on every front, Mr Bush and his Downing Street and Tel Aviv supporters are undermining effective action to assuage these concerns by greatly exaggerating their case, indulging in ever more hostile rhetoric, refusing direct talks, effectively encouraging regime change in Iran – and bending the UN to their will.

More broadly they have also shown little meaningful support for Kofi Annan’s reform panel’s recent recommendations on how to make the UN, and particularly the security council, work more efficiently. The recommendations included expanding council membership to make it more representative of today’s world, rather than that of 1945.

A reformed council that was not constantly dominated by five veto-wielding countries might have a better chance of effectively addressing pressing international geo-political issues such as nuclear proliferation, terrorism, Iraq, Israel’s relations with its neighbours, Sudan, Burma and Afghanistan.

By keeping things as they are, (while often harshly attacking the failings of the UN as an organisation), the US adds force to Mr Ahmadinejad’s argument that the security council has become Washington’s creature – and a rubber stamp for self-interest.


William Joyce, England’s "Lord Haw Haw."

Yes, it’s a scandal how the United States always gets its way at the United Nations.

And, for sure, it would be far better to handle the world’s problems if the US would be removed from the Security Council, and Hugo Chavez’s Venezuela put in its place. And maybe Iran and North Korea.

Of course America would still be expected to pay the lion’s share of the UN’s costs and to supply all of its military muscle. But fair is fair.

As to:

Washington’s haste in trying to push this problem towards a confrontation involving punitive UN-mandated sanctions is reminiscent of the run-up to the Iraq war when the US refused to give more time for UN weapons inspectors to complete their work.

Since when is twelve years not long enough?

And, lest we forget, arms inspection was a requirement of the ceasefire of the Gulf War. The United States had every right to demand inspections of Iraq’s facilities.

The mistake the US made was involving the UN at all. Which, in fact, is always a mistake.

(You can read more about Mr. Tisdall’s spiritual ancestor, Lord Haw Haw at Wikipedia.)

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