Newsflash, US: Iran Isn't Isolated
Claudia Rosett thinks the 'rogue state' has plenty of juice at the UN
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Apr 1, 2013 1:58 PM CDT
In this Sept. 26, 2012 file photo, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, addresses the 67th session of the United Nations General Assembly.   (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow, File)

(Newser) – President Obama likes to say that Iran is "isolated," but he must not be paying very close attention to the goings on at the United Nations, where the supposed rogue state "has been cultivating its own mini-empire," writes Claudia Rosett in the Wall Street Journal. Iran heads the second-largest voting bloc, the unofficial, 120-member "Non-Aligned Movement," which gives its diplomats' every pronouncement extra weight. Last year it held a movement summit attended by Ban Ki-moon himself.

Iran doesn't owe its power "to the annual burlesque" of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's New York speeches. Rather, it's become adept at the UN's practice of allocating board seats by quota to geographic regions, and trading on its oil reserves for support. It also sends skilled (and often US-educated) diplomats, who stick around longer than their US counterparts. The UN has no penalties for being under sanctions, and Iran is constantly proving that "monstrous human rights records don't interfere with acquiring plum seats." Click for Rosett's full column.

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PrimoGusto
Apr 1, 2013 9:50 PM CDT
Newsflash, Iran: The United States doesn't give a sh*t.
chancesinger
Apr 1, 2013 9:22 PM CDT
May God continue to protect Israel and bless those that help and protect her ie America.
sobe
Apr 1, 2013 6:49 PM CDT
Yep, I think if Israel forces the US to go to war against Iran because Israel prematurely attacked Iran, the US will be surprised how many countries will side with Iran against the US and Israel. Possibly 120 nations as mentioned above if not more. It would be a terrible world war. But hey, Israel only cares about itself and about bringing about the Apocalypse so that their messiah comes. And they are counting on the entire world turning on them because that would signal the end times, so you can say that they want to be hated so in their view, they need to piss the world off.