Monday, July 16, 2007

Censure Iran and Not Saudi Arabia?

I haven't seen this in the news in the US but evidently the US Senate passed a Joe Lieberman amendment that "censures" Iran for meddling in the Iraq War.

Of course Iran is meddling in Iraq. We instituted a Shia-led government in Iraq by outing Saddam. Iran is the other major Shia country in the World. There are two thoughts on what Iran is doing in Iraq. They are helping their fellow Shia muslims take firm control of Iraq or they could be meddling in such a way that the Shia have control of Iraq but not a democratic Iraq. In any case they certainly deserve a censure as indicated by a 97-0 vote in the Senate.

Unfortunately, some see this move as a prelude to an attack on Iran.
The vice-president, Dick Cheney, has long favoured upping the threat of military action against Iran. He is being resisted by the secretary of state, Condoleezza Rice, and the defence secretary, Robert Gates.

Last year Mr Bush came down in favour of Ms Rice, who along with Britain, France and Germany has been putting a diplomatic squeeze on Iran. But at a meeting of the White House, Pentagon and state department last month, Mr Cheney expressed frustration at the lack of progress and Mr Bush sided with him. "The balance has tilted. There is cause for concern," the source said this week.
Bush has already offered opportunity to mix it up with Iran when British hostages were being held by Iran. But cooler heads prevailed.

Sy Hersh has also reported on the desire of the Bush administration to go to war with Iran.

Senator Jim Webb is concerned that Bush will initiate action against Iran without congressional approval.

But where is the outrage towards Saudi Arabia or Pakistan?

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