Wednesday, March 28, 2007
Yet More on Iran--And Ambassador Zarif!
This evening Iran's UN Ambassador Javad Zarif spoke at The Nixon Center. He noted that continued pressure on Iran--and the belief that just a little more pressure will produce results--has instead led to opposite outcomes. The nuclear issue is resolvable but each day it becomes much more difficult. I found it interesting when he said something to the effect that over the next year the U.S. can persuade the UN to authorize more resolutions but at the same time Iran can start up more centrifuges.
The question and answer session was extremely interesting with audience members asking probing and detailed questions--but unfortunately that part is off the record.
I do not see what are the benefits of multilateralism in this case (and in the case of DRK) - why would you want to give leverage to other states on an issue where you hold almost all of the cards?
So now you have got Iran to UNSC and you are going to sanction her more and isolate her. Then what?
Even bombing her, what is the end game?
Aisde being foolish, that is.
"Deliver us from evil!"
That Zarif can make persuasive arguments is not relevant.
This is about power and exercise thereof.
I do not think rationality has anything to do with it.
That's a diplomat's job. He is supposed to represent his government, not agree with you. You Americans have this odd litmus test that a person is judged to be good if he sells out his country.
"No reason to get excited," the thief, he kindly spoke, "There are many here among us who feel that life is but a joke. But you and I, we've been through that, and this is not our fate, So let us not talk falsely now, the hour is getting late."
Ears to hear, let him listen.
Yup. And that sums up our problem with Putin too. Yeltsin could be counted upon to submit to our will, which is what made him such a good "democrat". Putin looks our for his country, which is what makes him "anti-democratic".