Iran, Arms-Control Role Model
More fun from the United Nations.
Want some entertainment for these hot summer days? Try the theater of the absurd at the United Nations, where the Islamic Republic of Iran has earned a top arms-control post.
Iran was recently elected to the 15-member general committee of the U.N. Arms Trade Treaty conference currently underway in New York. The conference is supposed to develop a treaty regulating the international sale of conventional arms.
We'd be laughing if the mullahs weren't peddling weapons to some of the world's most murderous operators. Tehran provides Hezbollah and Palestinian terror groups with the missiles they send willy-nilly into Israeli civilian neighborhoods. Iraqi insurgents have Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps to thank for access to improvised explosive devices that have killed hundreds of U.S. troops and maimed many more. Two Iranian agents were arrested in Kenya earlier this month with 33 pounds of explosives they allegedly planned to use against American and British targets.
In their race to acquire the world's deadliest weapons, Iran's rulers have also violated every nonproliferation statute on the book. They have given the International Atomic Energy Agency the runaround for over a decade, currently banning their inspectors. The U.N. Security Council has passed six separate resolutions condemning Iran's failure to comply with its obligations under international law. Now Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad will get to set the global arms-control agenda.
Perhaps behind the scenes the world's responsible powers are cringing at this latest U.N. charade. But then why do they keep paying the price of admission