U.N. Council Puts New Sanctions On Iran

Security Council Unanimously Approves Tougher Sanctions Against Iran

CBS News
UNITED NATIONS, March 24, 2007
(CBS/AP) The U.N. Security Council unanimously voted to impose new sanctions against Iran for its refusal to stop enriching uranium — a move intended to show Tehran that defiance will leave it increasingly isolated.
Iran immediately rejected the sanctions Saturday and said it had no intention of suspending its enrichment program, prompting the United States to warn of even tougher penalties.

Well, here we go again. This all sounds very familiar, oh yes now I remember:

World Press Review Online

On Feb. 5, U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell came before the United Nations Security Council and laid out the Bush administration’s case against Iraq. As a hushed chamber listened intently, Secretary Powell detailed a web of evidence against Saddam Hussein’s regime.

Powell’s argument could be divided into two main tracks. The first centered on the premise that Iraq had to face the penalties for having flouted numerous Security Council resolutions. “Last Nov. 8, this council passed Resolution 1441 by a unanimous vote,” the secretary said. “The purpose of that resolution was to disarm Iraq of its weapons of mass destruction. Iraq had already been found guilty of material breach of its obligations, stretching back over 16 previous resolutions and 12 years.”

It’s funny but I seem to recall something about Iran’s nuclear ambitions as well, oh yes I got it now:

Project Censored.org
#2 Halliburton Charged with Selling Nuclear Technologies to Iran
Source:
Global Research.ca, August 5, 2005
Title: “Halliburton Secretly Doing Business With Key Member of Iran’s Nuclear Team”
Author: Jason Leopold
Faculty Evaluator: Catherine Nelson
Student Researchers: Kristine Medeiros and Pla Herr
According to journalist Jason Leopold, sources at former Cheney company Halliburton allege that, as recently as January of 2005, Halliburton sold key components for a nuclear reactor to an Iranian oil development company. Leopold says his Halliburton sources have intimate knowledge of the business dealings of both Halliburton and Oriental Oil Kish, one of Iran’s largest private oil companies.

Then there is this issue of weapons of mass destruction. I know that sounds familiar, oh yea, I got it:

Weapons of Mass Destruction:
Who Said What When

CounterPunch Wire May 29, 2003

Simply stated, there is no doubt that Saddam Hussein now has weapons of mass destruction.
Dick Cheney August 26, 2002

Right now, Iraq is expanding and improving facilities that were used for the production of biological weapons.
George W. Bush September 12, 2002

Our intelligence officials estimate that Saddam Hussein had the materials to produce as much as 500 tons of sarin, mustard and VX nerve agent.
George W. Bush January 28, 2003

Iraq both poses a continuing threat to the national security of the United States and international peace and security in the Persian Gulf region and remains in material and unacceptable breach of its international obligations by, among other things, continuing to possess and develop a significant chemical and biological weapons capability, actively seeking a nuclear weapons capability, and supporting and harboring terrorist organizations.
Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-NY, February 5, 2003

I think everyone remembers the results that came out of that:

Published on Wednesday, March 17, 2004 by the San Francisco Chronicle

Lack of Weapons of Mass Destruction Comes Back to Haunt Bush

by Keay Davidson
Common Dreams.Org
Iraq’s alleged weapons of mass destruction, which served as the prime rationale advanced by President Bush for the war that began a year ago this week, have vanished like a desert mirage, and the issue has become potentially troubling for a president seeking re-election.
It is now universally acknowledged, even by members of the administration, that intelligence mistakes were made. It’s too early to say whether they were as great as past fumbles, such as the failure to anticipate the Tet offensive in Vietnam in 1968, Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait in 1990 and the fall of the Soviet empire in 1989-91. But the public and Congress are grumbling.

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Recognizing Iran as a Strategic Threat: An Intelligence Challenge for the United States

Staff Report of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence Subcommittee on Intelligence Policy August 23, 2006
Summary Threats against the United States and Israel by Iranian President Ahmadinejad – coupled with advances in the Iranian nuclear weapons program, support for terror, and resistance to international negotiations on its nuclear program – demonstrate that Iran is a security threat to our nation that requires high caliber intelligence support. The seriousness of the Iranian threat has been amplified by the recent rocket attacks against Israel by the Iranian-backed Lebanese terrorist group Hezbollah, which, according to press accounts, has received as many as 10,000 rockets from Iran. 4 Director of National Intelligence John Negroponte provided his assessment in his 2006 Annual Threat Report that Iran is seeking nuclear weapons. 5 America’s intelligence agencies have also assessed the following about the Iranian threat:

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Obviously the Israelis have a say as well:

UN tightens sanctions on Iran

Yitzhak Benhorin 03.24.07,23:27 Israel News
UN Security Council agrees on further sanctions aimed at curbing Iran nuclear program; new sanctions target arms exports, state-owned bank and Revolutionary Guards. Iranian FM says Iran will not change nuclear policy
Ynetnews.com

Diplomatic sources in Jerusalem expressed satisfaction at the UN Security Council’s resolution. “These sanctions are an appropriate response to the Iranian refusal to honor past resolutions, including Security Council resolution 1737,” said sources.
It’s all beginning to sound like a re-run of the past 4 years that’s to play itself out in the next 4 years! I have no doubt that Bush and his “ Hole in the Wall Gang” will have their little War and there isn’t a dam thing that Congress can do. They simply don’t have the guts to stop what will certainly be another disaster. They are still splitting hairs over when our troops should pull out of Iraq, what for to send them to Iran! It is a real sorry state of affairs. I hope we are all around when it’s over.

It’s all beginning to sound like a re-run of the past 4 years that’s to play itself out in the next 4 years! I have no doubt that Bush and his “ Hole in the Wall Gang” will have their little War and there isn’t a dam thing that Congress can do. They simply don’t have the guts to stop what will certainly be another disaster. They are still splitting hairs over when our troops should pull out of Iraq, what for to send them to Iran! It is a real sorry state of affairs. I hope we are all around when it’s over.

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