Monday, October 6, 2008

Passing the buck: NATO Chief implies NATO won't stop Iran nukes.

According to a Reuters Report:
NATO Secretary-General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer said on Monday he was not certain the world can stop Iran from building a nuclear bomb.
Scheffer told a conference in southeast France that NATO did not have a direct role to play in the issue, but said he was worried that the United Nations had failed to curb Iran's nuclear ambitions.
"It is a major challenge to prevent Iran from continuing to strive to get the bomb," Scheffer told a World Policy Conference organized by France's IFRI foreign affairs think tank.
"I am not positive about the world being able to stop Iran from fulfilling its ambitions," he added.
Iran says its uranium-enrichment program is only for electricity generation, but is under United Nations' sanctions over past undeclared activity and its failure to prove its intentions are wholly peaceful.
The UN Security Council last month again ordered Iran to "comply fully and without delay" to demands it stop enrichment, but failed to introduce any new sanctions as sought by the United States and its Western European allies.
"My concern is that the Security Council, as we speak, is rather incapable of coming to further conclusions on further sanctions," Scheffer said.
"not posstive" about the world being able to stop Iran is an understatement. But what is missing is not ability, but will.
Why doesn't NATO have a "direct role" to play? Why is everyone passing the buck?
Ami isseroff

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