With the passing of U.N. Security Council Resolution 1737 on December 23, the world moved ever closer to an all-out war in the Middle East. The resolution, which reaffirmed the commitment of the United Nations to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons, imposed a regime of weak sanctions against Iran for its refusal to stop the enrichment of uranium, a critical component of any nuclear weapons program.While the resolution was a largely symbolic effort that did little more than present a seemingly unified Security Council response, the real effect of the measure was the removal of a major diplomatic hurdle to the use of force to stop or delay Iran’s nuclear progress.There is little doubt among the world’s nations that Iran has become the greatest threat to stability in the Middle East. In its push to become the most powerful nation in the region, Iran has fomented unrest among Iraq’s Shia, supported terrorist ally Hezbollah in a brutal summer war with Israel, and aggressively pursued a nuclear program that it claims is for peaceful purposes, but which the world strongly suspects is a concerted effort to acquire nuclear weapons.In dealing with Iran, there are simply no good options… Read full this story
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