On July 31th, 2006, the U.N. Security Council passed a resolution telling Iran to cease and desist enriching uranium for their “peaceful” needs. Iran promptly told them to take a long walk off a short pier. Here is how this was written up at Fox News:
The U.N. Security Council passed a weakened resolution Monday giving Iran until Aug. 31 to suspend uranium enrichment or face the threat of economic and diplomatic sanctions.
Iran immediately rejected the council action, saying it would only make negotiations more difficult concerning a package of incentives offered in June for it to suspend enrichment.
“All along it has been the persistence of some to draw arbitrary red lines and deadlines that has closed the door to any compromise,” said Iran’s U.N. Ambassador Javad Zarif. “This tendency has single-handedly blocked success and in most cases killed proposals in their infancy.
“This approach will not lead to any productive outcome and in fact it can only exacerbate the situation.”
Oh, yeah. Let’s not exacerbate the problem by telling Iran to stop enriching uranium. Let’s do some nuanced diplomacy to resolve this problem. Of the 15 members on the U.N. Security Council, only one voted against this resolution: Qatar.
Explaining his “no” vote, Qatar’s U.N. Ambassador Nassir Al-Nasser said that while the demands of the six nations were legitimate, the resolution will only exacerbate tensions in the region and Iran should be given more time to respond.
“We do not agree with the tabling of this resolution at a time when our region is in flames,” Al-Nasser said. “We see no harm in waiting for a few days to exhaust all possible means and in order to identify the real intentions of Iran.”
So as long as other issues are happening in the Middle East, Iran gets to press on with uranium enrichment, the pursuit of “peaceful” nuclear power, and — make no mistake — plans for developing nuclear weapons. Ignoring Iran to focus on Hezbollah is like saying you can’t do anything about the burning home while there is a savage pit bull in the neighbor’s front yard.
But here’s the real kicker of the resolution: if Iran doesn’t suspend uranium enrichment by August 31st, they face the horrors of the U.N. Security Council holding another meeting to discuss what to do. “You stop what you’re doing, or we’re going to hold a meeting!” I’m sure they are shaking in their turbans in Tehran. All this resolution shows is just how useless the United Nations truly is.