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Saturday, March 24, 2007


U.N. votes more sanctions on Iran

To no one's surprise, the U.N. Security Council voted new sanctions on Iran today, in outrageous violation of their rights as a peaceful nation (one which has not attacked another country in 200 years) to develop nuclear power to meet their energy needs. Here's one incredible aspect of the situation. Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was supposed to come, but the late issuing of visas (a typical U.S. ploy) prevented him from doing so, and Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki spoke in his place. Various pundits (and probably government spokespeople as well) claim that Ahmadinejad's visa was really issued in plenty of time, but that he didn't dare show his face because he knew his words would have no effect. How true that is, because Mottaki's address to the Council was scheduled after the Council vote!!!! Pretty much emblematic of the way the U.S. and its flunkies in the Security Council conduct "negotiations."

I heard most of Mottaki's speech on C-SPAN, which was excellent and made many important points. He reminds the audience that it was the U.S. which helped prod Iraq into its war against Iran (and aided in that effort), that it was not Iran who has been committing war crimes in Iraq, Lebanon, Yugoslavia, that it was not Iran which dropped atomic bombs on Japan, and that it was the very Security Council he was addressing who played a key role in prolonging the Israeli devastation of Lebanon. It was too long for a single YouTube clip, but if C-SPAN doesn't get it up on their website later, I'll try to break it apart and make it available, because for sure you'll be reading or hearing little if any of it in the corporate media. Well worth listening to.

The "debate" today, by the way, provides an excellent example of why the U.S. and its allies fought so hard to keep Venezuela off the Security Council.

Update: U.N. Security Council webcasts are here; Mottaki's actual speech (Real Player file) is here (ignore the poor sound at the beginning of the talk; it gets better). A series of articles with excerpts of different sections of the speech are here.

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