The Real Effect on International Relations Playing Out

by editor | February 5th, 2009

Previously on the tale of the “Iranian” cargo vessel…

More today on what the Cypriot inspectors are finding in the Monchegorsk’s holds, but with more information regarding the effect of President Obama directing the US Navy to let this vessel sail on, despite being in specific violation of UN Resolution 1747 is discussed by DEBKA Files:

DEBKAfile’s military sources report that Tehran is preparing to send a number of arms vessels to break the blockade on Gaza, encouraged by the failure of the US, Egyptian and Israeli navies to confiscate the arms aboard the Cypriot-flagged arms ships now docked at Limassol.

The Iranians calculate that while not all the ships may get through the Israeli naval blockade, one would suffice. Our sources report that some are already on the way. They are expected to enter the Gulf of Suez and waters opposite Gaza over the weekend and try to drop their cargoes of weapons containers off shore. Israeli warships and spy planes are tracking them.

It’s a “weak horse” sort of effect, as Osama bin Laden mentioned years back. President Obama is showing himself to be the “weak” and the Iranians are going to jump into the power vacuum left behind when President Bush, the cowboy left office.

Why did President Obama let the ship sail? It couldn’t be determined if the weaponry aboard was bound for Gaza and Hamas.

Point of order: The UN Resolution 1747 does not prohibit Iran from exporting arms to Hmams, but to any country of entity. Quote paragraph “5. Decides that Iran shall not supply, sell or transfer directly or indirectly from its territory or by its nationals or using its flag vessels or aircraft any arms or related materiel, and that all States shall prohibit the procurement of such items from Iran by their nationals, or using their flag vessels or aircraft, and whether or not originating in the territory of Iran.”

If President Obama was a law professor, how could he have misinterpreted this directive from the UN. He claims he wants to get world opinion on our side before acting. There it was, and he still cannot manage to step up to the plate. On the other hand, the UN themselves, obviously, woun’t get their hands dirty, either.

So who will protect the World, when there is no “policeman” who is willing to not turn a blind eye to crime on his beat or watch? This is a major problem, and the adversaries, or not only us, but any western nation, now have been put on notice that we will actually observe an illegal act, and let ti go unchallenged.

I began this series describing how this was not a simple issue, but a major test of the Obama Administrations foreign policy,, and it is proving to be correct.

Isn’t it interesting how two of our Presidents, who, as history records, stood up to those who would want to conquer the world and held the line, or pushed them back are both “Cowboys.”

In the long run, I’d say history will record the result of those compared with the strong spirited men who tamed the west will be the ones who also protected much of the world from disaster.

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