Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has an amazing way of simply saying it like it is. In contrast, there are some current world leaders who have an astounding way of being blind as a bat to reality. Most recently, Netanyahu candidly pointed out the fact that sanctions against Iran aren’t working to stop their nuclear program. He even clearly illustrated why this is the case. According to Voice of America News, he commented in a recent press conference at which U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta was also present that, “You recently said that sanctions on Iran are having a big impact on the Iranian economy, and that is correct,” Netanyahu told Panetta. “But unfortunately it is also true that neither sanctions nor diplomacy have yet had any impact on Iran’s nuclear weapons program.
You yourself said a few months ago that when all else fails, America will act. But these declarations have also not yet convinced the Iranians to stop their program. However forceful our statements, they have not convinced Iran that we are serious about stopping them.”
Besides the fact that the U.S. is acting somewhat like the kid on the playground that draws a line, insists that a harassing punk had better stay back, and then simply draws another line when the punk steps over it, there are other reasons that these sanctions have become folly. This was probably brought out most blatantly back in 2010 when it was discovered that North Korea had not only found a way around sanctions, but it was involved in nuclear activities with Iran, Syria and Myanmar. And those are just the countries that the UN knows about. According to a Fox News report, A seven-member UN panel who had been monitoring the enforcement of the sanctions program wrote a report detailing the activities, and the report was then discussed among representatives from the US, Britain, Japan, France, South Korea, Russia, and China — North Korea’s main ally.
The report stated that North Korea is apparently getting around the sanctions by using “a number of masking techniques” which include falsely labeling and describing items in shipping containers, creating a manifest with untruthful information, deceptive destination details, and “use of multiple layers of intermediaries, shell companies, and financial institutions.”
But getting back to Iran, Ahmadinejad himself has claimed that sanctions aren’t working. It was back in 2010 that insisted that countries such as France, Great Britain, and others to cooperate with Iran according to the laws (he didn’t specify if that meant sharia or otherwise) and that Iran’s pursuit of nuclear goals for allegedly peaceful purposes is not only in alignment with international law, but that it is also righteous. The problem is that it’s not believable that peaceful purposes are his true intent. He also insisted that 188 states who aren’t members of the International atomic Energy Agency support Iran going nuclear, and that 57 Islamic countries support Iran’s position regarding their nuclear ambitions.
He has also attempted to claim that capitalism has failed and that a New World Order (One World system) needs to arise. Being the extremist Muslim that he is, he is likely thinking along the lines of a New World Order under sharia law. In addition, Fars News has reported that Iran’s President Ahmadinejad was calling for, “cooperation among world states to forge a new world order.” He had told this to reporters shortly before heading to Istanbul, Turkey so that he could participate in the Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia (CICA). The article also stated that the Kazakhstan initiated organization presently has 18 member states, one of which is Iran. A few other interesting members include Russia, China, Turkey, Afghanistan, Palestine and the United Arab Emirates. By the way, the US is an “observer” member and the UN, OSCE and League of Arab states are organizers of the CICA according to the CICA website.
He has also stated that if the US or Israel were to bomb the Bushehr nuclear reactor, that Iran would see it as an act of war and that Iran would retaliate. He threatened that such a war would be one that, “would know no boundaries”, and that, “War is not just bombs,” according to ABC News. Though Iran’s Bushehr reactors were pretty well incapacitated by the Stuxnet worm for a time, Ahmadinejad has apparently not been deterred in his pursuit of growing Iran’s nuclear weapons capabilities.
Another problem with Iran’s nuclear ambition is that not only has Ahmadinejad publically denied that the Holocaust ever happened and therefore, refuses allow all Iranian schools to teach about it, but in the past, he has also expressed his desire to wipe out Israel and America, which in his mind are the ultimate symbol of Jews and Christians. Extremist Muslims countries, or those who are at “jihad” with Israel and America, seem to be quite content to go about the destruction of both countries by a slow and steady pace – perhaps realizing that such a slow erosion may actually be the most effective tactic.
Another reason why the sanctions and summits aren’t working, according to an article by Avi Benlolo posted in May of 2010 at Network National Post is because “Iran has smartly cultivated alliances and trading partners; it is aligning itself with the sub-Saharan African nations as it has with several Latin American countries like Venezuela, Bolivia and Nicaragua.” Benlolo is the president and CEO for Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center for Holocaust Studies.
One thought that Benlolo had regarding how Ahmadinejad could be stopped was through the intervention of Canada, who has an “international reputation for human rights and freedoms (that) places it in a unique position to stop Iran.” Benlolo suggested that “Canada should immediately launch a campaign of aligned nations who will together press for an International Criminal Court (ICC) indictment of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Ali Khamenei, the Republic’s Supreme Leader.”
Benlolo said that the charges would be for, “Direct and Public Incitement to Commit Genocide. International law criminalizes genocide and history has taught us (most recently in Rwanda) that failure of the international community to act against the provocation and preparation of genocide has resulted in mass murder. If Ahmadinejad and Khamenei were to be indicted, this would be the first time leaders who promote hate and genocide toward another identifiable group are prevented from carrying out their intended action.”
Some specific remarks that Benlolo brought up as examples that he believed would fit such a charge against Ahmadinejad included, “As the Imam said, Israel must be wiped off the map”; Are they human beings? ‘They are like cattle, nay, more misguided.’ A bunch of blood thirsty barbarians,” and “Very soon, this stain of disgrace will be purged from the center of the Islamic world – and this is attainable.”
As for how one US congressman suggested it ought to be handled, The Hill reported in May of 2010 that New York Democrat Congressman Steve Israel said that Ahmadinejad ought to be “arrested and tried with war crimes,” and “incitement to commit genocide,” and that “He (Ahmadinejad) has called for the destruction of Israel and its people. Incitement to Genocide is a punishable act and instead of giving him another platform at the UN, he should be tried.” Israel also stated that Ahmadinejad’s words need to be taken seriously because he isn’t “merely a pundit whose words can be dismissed: he is the leader of a country developing nuclear arms.”
As the 2012 presidential election draws near, the Obama administration is clearly growing increasingly nervous about the possibility of war breaking out – and for good reason. It was again back in 2010 when something significant was pointed out in relation to the unfolding events of the Middle East. Israel Today reported that Ambassador Abdullah Abdullah admitted to Palestinian newspaper Al-Hayat Al-Jadida that, “the Palestinian-Israeli negotiations…are not a goal, but rather another stage in the Palestinian struggle… to isolate Israel, to tighten the noose on it, to threaten its legitimacy, and to present it as a rebellious, racist state.” Yet mainstream media and much of the west wonder why peace between Palestine and Israel is so elusive.
Israel Today also pointed to a Fox News interview with Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak that ought to be a sobering thought for the Obama administration as November draws near: “History will judge his administration largely on whether or not Iran went nuclear on his watch,” and that “it would be no more than a year or two before Iran fields a nuclear weapon, and depending on what is in all those secret underground facilities Iran is building, it could be much sooner.”