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Orgy of Shame and Hypocrisy at the UN

By: Soraya Sepahpour-Ulrich


The tireless efforts of the United States and her European allies, Britain, France, and Germany to convince China and Russia to pass a United Resolution against Iran seems to have paid off.  Whether it was the promise of a 'ports deal' to the Chinese (which will inevitably fall apart) or the promise of financial reward instead of the threat of a boycott of the upcoming G-8 summit in St. Petersburg in June, one can bet there is plenty of corks popping in Washington.   The US barred its teeth at Iran and told it I will always put you in your place - where I want you to be, a far cry from sovereignty.


For now though, at the behest of Russian and China, a few but very significant words were excluded from the 'statement':


            "[A] threat to international peace and security."[i]


Article 39 of Chapter VII of the United Nations Charter, addresses the threat to international peace and subsequent articles, 40, 41 and 42 deal with such threat.  That is, sanctions may be imposed on the violating country, and if the situation is not remedied, then military action may be taken.


It must be reassuring to know that a body such as the United Nations makes decisions in good faith.  It is of particular reassurance to those of us who hold ourselves to a higher degree of moral standards, and who abhor violence and double-standards, to know that Iran is safeguarded against any future military attack against Iran will be condemned as "[A] threat to international peace and security"[ii]based on previous decisions made by this wise body and its resolution in 1981 - that is, UN resolution 487.


In 1981 when without thought to consequences, Israel attacked and destroyed Iraq's nuclear power plant - Osirak, even though in 1981, Iraq had proven itself to be an aggressor by attacking its neighbor, Iran, and one which would not shy away from using chemical weapons, the United Nations Security Council unanimously  passed resolution 487 which stated the following:


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Security Council


S/RES/487 (1981)
19 June 1981

Resolution 487 (1981)

Adopted by the Security Council at its 2288th meeting
on 19 June 1981

The Security Council,

Having considered the agenda contained in document S/Agenda/2280,

Having noted the contents of the telegram dated 8 June 1981 from the Foreign Minister of Iraq (S/14509), Having heard the statements made to the Council on the subject at its 2280th through 2288th meetings,

Taking note of the statement made by the Director-General of the International Atomic Emergency Agency (IAEA) to the Agency's Board of Governors on the subject on 9 June 1981 and his statement to the Council at its 2288th meeting on 19 June 1981,

Further taking note of the resolution adopted by the Board of Governors of the IAEA on 12 June 1981 on the "military attack on the Iraq nuclear research centre and its implications for the Agency" (S/14532),

Fully aware of the fact that Iraq has been a party to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons since it came into force in 1970, that in accordance with that Treaty Iraq has accepted IAEA safeguards on all its nuclear activities, and that the Agency has testified that these safeguards have been satisfactorily applied to date,

Noting furthermore that Israel has not adhered to the non-proliferation Treaty,

Deeply concerned about the danger to international peace and security created by the premeditated Israeli air attack on Iraqi nuclear installations on 7 June 1981, which could at any time explode the situation in the area, with grave consequences for the vital interests of all States,

Considering that, under the terms of Article 2, paragraph 4, of the Charter of the United Nations: "All Members shall refrain in their international relations from the threat or use of force against the territorial integrity or political independence of any State, or in any other manner inconsistent with the purposes of the United Nations",

1. Strongly condemns the military attack by Israel in clear violation of the Charter of the United Nations and the norms of international conduct;

2. Calls upon Israel to refrain in the future from any such acts or threats thereof;

3. Further considers that the said attack constitutes a serious threat to the entire IAEA safeguards regime which is the foundation of the non-proliferation Treaty;

4. Fully recognizes the inalienable sovereign right of Iraq, and all other States, especially the developing countries, to establish programmes of technological and nuclear development to develop their economy and industry for peaceful purposes in accordance with their present and future needs and consistent with the internationally accepted objectives of preventing nuclear-weapons proliferation;

5. Calls upon Israel urgently to place its nuclear facilities under IAEA safeguards;

6. Considers that Iraq is entitled to appropriate redress for the destruction it has suffered, responsibility for which has been acknowledged by Israel;

7. Requests the Secretary-General to keep the Security Council regularly informed of the implementation of this resolution.

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While it is true that ElBaradei was not the IAEA chief at the time, nor was the United States in a position to be the hypocirical bully that it is today, surely empirical evidence will still protect Iran, a non-aggressive nation - unlike its accusers, and its innocent people. Surely UN Resolution 487 is evidence that it is indeed those who would attack Iran that have to be punished, 


Are we all as decadent as the savage bullies who ignore our voices?



[i] Source - New York Times:. Hodge, Warren. "U.N Council Urges Iran to Halt Atom Activity". 30 March 2006. late edi.A6

[ii] Source - New York Times:. Hodge, Warren. "U.N Council Urges Iran to Halt Atom Activity". 30 March 2006. late edi.A6


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