The NAM conference in Tehran continues to be anti-UN under Iran’s agenda.
The Iranian supreme leader the Ayatollah Ali Khamenei held nothing back in his meeting with the UN secretary Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday and in his speech at the conference today. Khamenei had openly criticized the UN by telling Ki-Moon that the organization is “defected”, that the UN Security Council is “illogical, unjust and completely undemocratic” and that the IAEA, the UN’s nuclear watchdog is purposefully “sabotaging” the Iranian nuclear program.
These accusations by the Iranian supreme leader are in-line with much concern that the Iranian regime plan to use the conference and their three year term as the NAM presidents to undermine the UN.
Indeed, during his opening ceremony speech earlier today Khamenei stated that the world is in transition to a “new world order”. It must be noted that the Iranian regime are not only talking about enforcing a new world order, but are also taking action. For example, while Khamenei had openly attacked the United Nations Security Council’s permanent members, organization and processes, other members did not hide the Iranian regime’s real intentions and have declared that NAM should have a permanent representation in this institution.
At first glance, this seems like a legitimate request that would increase the NAM’s influence, however, when one considers the fact that Iran will serve as the NAM president for the next three years, and would therefore be the NAM representative, Iran’s real intention – having influence in the security council, becomes clear. To date there has been no official comments from Mr. Ban Ki-Moon nor from any of the members of the UN Security Council including Russia and China.
As usual, Khamenei reiterated that nuclear weapons are viewed by Iran as a “great sin” -based on an alleged “fatwa” (a religious decree) by Khamenei himself on this matter – and as such, Iran’s nuclear program is and will remain peaceful even introducing a new motto: “Nuclear energy for all and nuclear weapons for none.” Admittedly, Mr. Ban Ki-Moon did stress in his meetings with both Khamenei and the Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad that “concrete steps” are needed to prove that Iran’s nuclear program is meant for peaceful use, clearly disregarding Khamenei’s fatwa as proof of Iran’s peaceful intentions.
Time will tell whether concrete proof will ever exist or whether Iran will simply “come out of its nuclear closet” n the day it finally does have THE bomb. It is important to note here that Khamenei’s “nuclear fatwa” can be rescinded by himself at any time and that Islamic Taqiyya laws allow Khamenei (and all Muslims) to lie if it is meant to protect Muslims. This might be very convenient if Iran is in fact building a bomb as we speak.
The mix between Iran’s aspirations for a new world order, its request to become a member of the UN Security Council and its aspiration for nuclear capabilities are reasons for much concern by the Western powers and should actually concern most of the NAM members as well since Iran may lead the world into a global and nuclear powered conflict.
History has shown that leaders, such as Adolph Hitler, issuing peaceful intentions can lie and that leaders who ignore the warning signs, such as Neville Chamberlain, can be gullible. “Peace in our times”? If Iran’s agenda comes to fruition, definitely not. History, in the future, will tell.