NAM Is the International Community

Saturday, August 2, 2008

The 118-member Non-Aligned Movement re-endorsed Iran’s right to the peaceful use of nuclear energy at a ministerial conference in Tehran on Wednesday.

It was not the first time that NAM has expressed support for Iran’s nuclear program. In a similar statement issued in Malaysia in May 2006, NAM supported Iran’s right to develop nuclear technology for peaceful purposes and said all countries should have this right.

However, to deceive the world about the nature of Iran’s nuclear program, some Western officials and media outlets lace their statements with phrases like the “international community is united” or “concerned” about Iran’s nuclear program and the “international community demands” Iran halt its uranium enrichment program.

“It’s going to be very clear to them (Iranians) that the international community and P5-plus-1 are completely united,” Condoleezza Rice told reporters on July 17. At a State Department press conference with British Foreign Secretary David Miliband on May 21, Rice also said, “Iran is an issue on which the international community is united in confronting Iran…”

European Union foreign policy chief Javier Solana and other EU officials have made similar remarks.

Such officials must believe their countries are the “entire international community” to make such arrogant statements.

If the Westerners really believe in ‘one person, one vote’ democracy, they should extend it to ‘one country, one vote’ for the dispute about Iran’s nuclear program to see how many more votes Iran would receive in an environment free of any pressure from Western countries.

Even certain key members of the European Union, like Spain and Italy under former prime minister Romano Prodi, did not express opposition to Iran’s nuclear activities.

If Russia and China were not permanent members of the UN Security Council, they most likely would not have joined the U.S., Britain and France in approving sanctions resolutions against Iran.

The distortion of the facts about Iran’s nuclear program is another example of a neocolonialist disinformation campaign.

To portray the West’s nuclear standoff with Iran as an “international standoff” is an insult to people’s intelligence when they see that a majority of the world’s countries support Iran’s right to have a civilian nuclear program and that the IAEA has never detected any diversion to weaponization in Iran’s nuclear program.


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