Kenneth R. Timmerman February 8, 2006
Saturday’s resolution by the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna reporting Iran to the U.N. Security Council for further action is not just a slap on the wrist, as skeptics of the United Nations might legitimately suspect.
On the contrary, it demonstrates a remarkable consensus among nations few would consider as U.S. allies that Iran’s nuclear weapons program poses a clear and present danger to the world at large.
Only three countries voted against the strongly worded resolution: Syria, Cuba and Venezuela. Consider them newly-minted allies with Iran in an axis of insanity. (And hold on to your wallet when Venezuela’s anti-gringo President Hugo Chavez, who exports 2 million barrels of oil daily, joins Iran in efforts to ratchet up the price of oil to chill our resolve.
Voting with the United States were not only Russia and China, whose agreement was essential to ratcheting up the press on Iran, but Egypt and Yemen and India. Getting these five to join us and the Europeans was a major accomplishment. It has required extraordinary diplomatic efforts — from an administration ridiculed by Democrats for its “unilateral” approach to world affairs.