Monday, June 14, 2004

IAEA: Iran Not Cooperating

Iran is not fully cooperating with U.N. inspectors and must come clean about the full extent of its nuclear program, the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and the United States said Monday. IAEA chief Mohamed El Baradei said:

"It is essential for the integrity and credibility of the inspection process that we are able to bring these issues to a close within the next few months, and provide the international community with the assurances it urgently seeks regarding Iran's nuclear activities,"

The question Iran will obviously ask is: Or what? Iraq never fully cooperated with U.N. inspectors, was in violation of over a dozen U.N. resolutions including 1441 that promised military action if it was found to be in material breach. It had violated all terms it had agreed to after the first gulf war, had been subjected to 12 years of sanctions yet the “international community” still was not able agree to the need for military action (even though resolution 1441 passed the Security Council unanimously). And as of this weekend, the United Nations has come to the conclusion that Iraq was still in possession of banned weapons and WMD program materials before, during and after the war. If the case against Saddam Hussein was not strong enough to merit the use of force on the eyes of many European countries and the left in this country, How can the international community possibly support military action against Iran at any point unless or until Iran uses a weapon against another country? The factions that opposed the war in Iraq did so for different reasons, many of which are starting to come to light with the investigation into the United Nations Oil for Food scandal. But the result of their stance is the same, it is now more difficult to confront Iran or any other country known to be developing weapons of mass destruction and/or supporting terror. Had the factions that opposed the war taken a strong and united stand when the case was made against Iraq, Iran would not have the confidence to defy the international community today.

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