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The Secretary of State warns Iran of U.N. action over nukes.

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posted on Feb, 9 2005 @ 11:47 AM
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So what's the message Rice is sending Iran? Knock it off, or we'll ask you again but with empty threats!

Here's the story

I was amused. She seems to think the European nations need to be more forceful with their words, but they were with Iraq as well. They just didn't want to back their words when Saddam called their bluff.




posted on Feb, 9 2005 @ 12:06 PM
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You might want to reconsider using 'Fox' as your (single.....not usually a great idea in itself) source on these kind of developments.

As you can see from other reports -
news.bbc.co.uk...
- it appears what she says in public at the actual meeting is slightly different to what it is claimed she later said to 'Fox'.

[edit on 9-2-2005 by sminkeypinkey]



posted on Feb, 9 2005 @ 12:23 PM
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The point of my post wasn't so much about Rice's comments as it was the futility of expecting or depending on the UN to do anything beyond use words. You can't even depend on them to enforce sanctions they place on nations if the leadership sees a chance to make themselves a buck.



posted on Feb, 9 2005 @ 02:51 PM
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Originally posted by junglejake
The point of my post.....

....... was the futility of expecting or depending on the UN to do anything beyond use words.


- You do realise the UN isn't a separate sovereign 'entity', right?

It is a collective cooperative formed, run and directed by it's own membership ie the countries making up the UN.


You can't even depend on them to enforce sanctions they place on nations if the leadership sees a chance to make themselves a buck.


- Who is this 'they'?

Enforcement of any UN sanctions is done via the agreed resources donated by the membership.

If the membership will not devote sufficient resources to enforce the sanctions they themselves have agreed how on earth is 'the UN' supposed to do anything?



posted on Feb, 9 2005 @ 08:31 PM
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Not to mention that there are a good number of reports pointing out the the U.S. delaying payment of its contributions to the UN has handicapped the ability of the latter to carry out peacekeeping missions.


The U.S. has shortchanged the UN financially, imposed debilitating conditions, and failed to provide political support.
By mid-2000, U.S. arrears totaled $1.36 billion, two-thirds the amount owed by all UN members.
Washington has repeatedly blocked UN peacekeeping missions while initiating incursions outside UN purview.


www.fpif.org...



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