One thing is certain: Iran is more than happy to host the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) summit in Tehran between the 26th and the 31st of August.
The NAM was created in 1961 during the collapse of the colonial system and had one main premiss- all member states committed not to form alliances with the major world powers (namely the United States and the former Soviet Union).
Today the NAM consists of 120 member states and 21 observers. While in the past the NAM had served as an important tool which protected post-colonial states, in the present, Iran intends to manipulate it for her own agenda. Specifically, due to the NAM sheer size, Iran will attempt to form a voting coalition to support her own agendas in the UN.
Iran does not only plan to hijack the summit’s agenda for its own diplomatic (and not so diplomatic) goals (detailed bellow), but also to gain support from NAM countries in order to be able to undermine the UN during the Iranian president’s address to the general assembly in September.
Furthermore, apart from attempting to form a voting coalition during the conference, Iran, who will serve as the NAM president for the following three years, will be able to speak in the name of the NAM states for the length of her presidency. This means that Iran can falsely project that their views are supported by all NAM states.
Iranian regime should not be allowed to exploit the NAM movement for her own purposes. The danger in allowing this to happen can be seen in the Iranian agenda itself, which includes (but not limited to):
- Restructuring global management and aquiring Iranian global (http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2012/07/17/251424/global-management-in-need-of-overhaul/)
- Undermining the UN sanctions.
- Enabling the spreading of nuclear abilities (http://www.oananews.org/content/news/politics/mp-urges-nam-summit-defend-members’-nuclear-rights)
- Putting a “spotlight” on the Islamic awakening (http://www.iran-daily.com/1391/4/25/MainPaper/4280/Page/3/Index.htm).
- To promote race-based hatred(http://www.irandailybrief.com/2012/08/02/ahmadinejad-all-freedom-lovers-and-justice-seekers-around-the-world-must-do-their-best-for-the-annihilation-of-the-zionist-regime-israel/)
In stark contrast to the agendas stated above, the spokesman for the Iranian political opposition calls on NAM states to stress the plight of political prisoners in Iran. The mere fact that the Iranian regime holds political rivals as prisoners shows how far Iran are from democracy and the danger in letting her leaders spearhead such an important and powerful movement as NAM.
Finally, it is important to note that the timing of the summit could not be better for Iran; it provides a golden opportunity to try and escape the enormous pressure Iran is under. A successful bid by Iran to form a voting alliance with NAM members will path Iran’s way to a nuclear bomb. A nuclear bomb that will change all the rules, a nuclear bomb that will hold the world hostage at the hands of Iran.
In the following weeks Iran24/07 will closely monitor both the preparations and the conference itself.