Friday, March 16, 2007

The UNSC's Draft Resolution Against Iran: A Fatally Flawed and Contradictory Process Engineered to Fail

Christopher Jon Bjerknes

The United Nations Security Council's draft resolution against Iran makes no progress towards a legal settlement of the issues of Iran's rights under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, in that it makes the same irrational and illegal demand as UNSC Resolution 1737, that Iran surrender its rights in order to avoid punishment for exercising its rights. A nation cannot lawfully be punished for exercising its due rights.

The draft resolution does not provide a realistic or fair basis for negotiations and talks, and is, therefore, an instrument of extortion, and not a legitimate attempt to bring about a political resolution to the crisis at hand. The draft resolution unlawfully demands compliance with illegal orders as a precondition to negotiations. This is tantamount to a doctor's insisting that a patient first commit suicide before requesting an antidote to the poison the doctor has injected into the patient as if it were a vaccination. The draft resolution's illegal demands are the same as if a court (which has been bribed, blackmailed and threatened) granted a thief a lien on your house for a hundred thousand dollars to secure the $100,000 in ransom money the thief demanded for your car which he had stolen from you, and then the same court demanded that you pay the ransom money before allowing you to negotiate for the return of your property, and the court concurrently held that you have no right to possess your property and that the thief would keep it in any event. On top of that, the court ordered that if you failed to pay the thief the funds he was extorting from you, the court would impose ever increasing fines on you and garnish your wages and auction off your house.

The stated purpose of the UNSC's draft resolution is in conflict with the unilateral demands it imposes on Iran. The draft resolution states, in the relevant part:

"Emphasising the importance of political and diplomatic efforts to find a negotiated solution guaranteeing that Iran's nuclear programme is exclusively for peaceful purposes, and noting that such a solution would benefit nuclear non-proliferation elsewhere, and welcoming the continuing commitment of China, France, Germany, the Russian Federation, the United Kingdom and the United States, with the support of the European Union's High Representative to seek a negotiated solution[.]""Text: Draft UN resolution on Iran",,, (16 March 2007).

In direct contradiction to the stated aims of the draft resolution, it states, in the relevant part:

"13. Affirms that it shall review Iran's actions in light of the report referred to in paragraph 12 above, to be submitted within 60 days, and:

that it shall suspend the implementation of measures if and for so long as Iran suspends all enrichment-related and reprocessing activities, including research and development, as verified by the IAEA, to allow for negotiations[.]""Text: Draft UN resolution on Iran",,, (16 March 2007).

The expressed purpose of the resolution runs counter to the process the resolution orders, and as such violates Iran's rights to due process. In contradiction to its stated purpose of promoting a "negotiated solution", the resolution forestalls a negotiated settlement and instead demands compliance with an illegal order and illegally punishes Iran for exercising its lawful rights under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. In addition, the UNSC lacks jurisdiction over the matter and is selectively enforcing its own self-created and illegitimate powers in order to attack an individual nation, which the Zionist powers, who have demonstrably corrupted the UNSC, have openly stated they seek to destroy. This comes as part of a series of UNSC abuses, which have targetted Moslem Peoples specifically, and the Zionists' enemies generally.

Note that Russia and China are parties to this draft resolution, as I predicted would happen some time ago. Iran has handled this well, and not fallen into the trap of isolating itself.