For its part, the United Nations Security Council managed to find enough consensus to issue a tepid statement reminding Iran of its international obligations:
The members of the Security Council called on the Iranian authorities to protect diplomatic and consular property and personnel, and to respect fully their international obligations in this regard.
Considering that Iran has flouted a succession of Security Council resolutions regarding its nuclear enrichment program, has sponsored terrorism around the world, and stands accused of authorizing the assassination of the Saudi ambassador to the United States on American soil, Iran obviously has no intention of respecting its “international obligations.”
In case anyone thinks the Iranian government is listening to the Security Council this time, Larijani provided the answer: “The hasty move in the Security Council in condemning the students’ action was done to cover up the previous crimes of Britain and the United States.”
The United States has seen this movie before, with even more disastrous consequences. Iran’s 1979 Islamic revolution devolved into the seizing of the U.S. Embassy and the holding of fifty-two Americans hostages for 444 days. We know first-hand the level of barbaric behavior in violation of all norms of international law to which the thugs running the Iranian regime are willing to descend.
Yet, President Obama’s reaction to the sacking of the British embassy and diplomatic residence was little more than a bland rhetorical slap on the wrist. While meeting with Netherlands’ Prime Minister Mark Rutte at the White House, Obama said he was “deeply concerned” that the Iranian government had let the rioters “overrun the embassy and set it on fire.” He added that he found the situation to be “unacceptable.”
The only thing that seems to fire Obama up these days are all those terrible Republicans blocking the expansion of his reckless, failed economic agenda. When it comes to Iran, he says he is “deeply concerned” and then resumes his attacks on the Republicans.
How about Obama showing some real concern with the Iranian regime by joining Britain in cutting off Iran’s central bank? Yes, it will hurt the global economy, including ours, as a result of sharply higher oil prices. But if it helps destroy the Iranian government’s economic base for funding its nefarious programs and provide the tipping point that can lead to a favorable regime change in Iran, we finally may remove an existential threat to world peace and security without the need for direct military intervention.
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