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Was the Iran Non Aligned Conference a Success?

2 Sep

In the article “Nonaligned Nations Back Iran’s Nuclear Bid, but Not Syria”, the New York Times writes:

 “The final result of the Nonaligned Movement’s meeting, the biggest international gathering in Iran since the 1979 Islamic Revolution, amounted to the strongest expression of support for Iran’s nuclear energy rights in its showdown with the West. The unanimous backing of the final document undercut the American argument that Iran was an isolated outlier nation.”

I beg to differ. 

Despite their signatures, overwhelming number of the countries which signed that document are implementing the sanctions against Iran and will continue to do so.

Signing the NAM document in Tehran does not in any way mean that they are going to change their policies.

This is especially true about the Persian Gulf countries which were present at the NAM conference.

The Saudis and the Kuwaitis who it’d be reasonable to expect to have signed the document are one of the biggest advocates of the sanctions against the Iranian regime.

And soon after the conference a major gas contract between Iran and a Chinese company was suspended due to lack of funds. The sanctions are believed to be strongly related to this development. The NAM conference signatures do not seem to have helped one bit.

It takes far more than signatures to say that Iran is coming out of its isolation and that its nuclear program enjoys international support.

The NAM conference in Tehran and its consequences as well as Mitt Romney’s Iran policies are further discussed between my respected colleague Mr Matt Duss and myself on the latest edition of Bloggingheads.

Israel Should Thank Ban Ki Moon

30 Aug

Which other senior foreign official has gone to Khamenei’s office and publicly criticized him by saying that his “verbal attacks on Israel were offensive, inflammatory and unacceptable”?

Answer: no one.

Today UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon became the first person to do so.

I think he deserves credit for this.

In the history of the Islamic Republic, no body has challenged the supreme leader’s position on Israel in front of him, and in such a manner. This is likely to have long-term reverberations and consequences inside Iran’s halls of power.

Israeli politicians should thank Ban Ki Moon for his solidarity and honesty.

Meanwhile it seems that the Non Aligned Movement conference in Tehran is going from bad to worst for Iran’s leaders.

After Ban Ki Moon’s gutsy move, they then had to deal with the fall out of Egyptian President Mohammad Morsi’s attack against Iran’s ally Syria. The Syrian delegations walked out in anger. I wonder how president Ahmadinejad who was sitting next to Morsi felt.

As the NAM conference shows, big conferences are no substitute or remedy for bad policies.