Ever eager to prove that they aren’t beholden to the international community, Iran launched a ballistic missile test last week in defiance of a UN ban. According to the United States’ UN ambassador Samantha Power, the launch needs to be addressed by the Security Council immediately.
“The United States is deeply concerned about Iran’s recent ballistic missile launch,” Power said in a statement. “After reviewing the available information, we can confirm that Iran launched on Oct. 10 a medium-range ballistic missile inherently capable of delivering a nuclear weapon. This was a clear violation of U.N. Security Council Resolution 1929.”
What it is not, U.S. officials were quick to point out, is a violation of the nuclear agreement between Tehran and the six participating countries, including the United States. Speaking to reporters in Washington, President Obama said this was an area where “we are going to have to continue to put pressure on them through the international community.”
Ooh, put them in time out, Mr. President! Take away their subscription to Sports Illustrated! Make them do Iraq’s chores for a week, see how they like them apples.
Certainly, that would be more than we can expect from the UN Security Council, a worthless bureaucracy that still believes Israel is a terrorist state. Without China and Russia on board, there’s nothing the council can do to enforce the ban on ballistic missile testing. Since Russia and Iran are becoming fast friends in Syria, the writing is on the wall.
Wars and Rumors of War
What has to happen for this administration to get a clue? Do we literally need to see a mushroom cloud over Jerusalem before we recognize the folly of this nuclear agreement? Iran has done nothing to indicate that it’s ready to renounce its status as a rogue state. Since the beginning of these negotiations, the Islamic regime has flaunted its independence at every opportunity. The mainstream media excuses these outbursts as political necessities. The Ayatollah, they say, is just playing to an audience of hardliners. We shouldn’t worry our heads about those Death to America chants; they’re having a little fun, that’s all.
War looms on the horizon in many different directions. We are as close as we’ve been in decades to an armed conflict with Russia. The lunatic in Pyongyang is only growing bolder. Violence in Israel has experts concerned about another round of all-out combat between Jews and Palestinians. And ISIS remains the army that would not die, with visions of world domination dancing in their evil heads.
Now we’re getting ready to add Iran to the mix, fully free of its nuclear sanctions. Maybe they’ll abide by the program, maybe they won’t. Either way, they’ll have access to billions of dollars that will undoubtedly find its way to Hezbollah and other terrorist organizations that have their sights set on the destruction of Israel.
But yeah, a little bit of vague “international pressure” ought to do the trick.