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How Can We Build A Concensus at the UN Security Council?

Reader comment on item: Deterring Tehran

Submitted by Arthur M (United States), May 10, 2006 at 19:41

Dr. Pipes:

I agree with your and Sen. McCain's assessment of the Iranian threat, and your two points noted above. However, Russia, France and China appear to have a policy of opposition to US foreign policy. The Iranians see this and know that no harm will befall them, which only encourages their behavior further. It is exactly a replay of the world situation, pre-Iraqi-invasion.

There is a further challenge. If we were to unilaterally "solve" our issues with the Iranians by force, why wouldn't the Chinese seek to do the same with respect to their issues with Taiwan?

So my question to you is, why can't we build a concensus at the UN Security Council, and what should we do about it?

Best regards,

Arthur M


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