A Slap on the Mullahs’ Wrist

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While the US slaps sanctions on Iran for its human rights abuses, a new UN report shows the determination and ease by which the Islamist state avoids the sanctions’ intended effects.

The sanctions by the US State and Treasury Departments were issued in an attempt to punish Iran for its brutal crackdown on its ongoing protest movement, one which originally arose out of the disputed 2009 Iranian presidential election.

Specifically, the sanctions were aimed at three Iranian security institutions: the Iranian national police force; the Revolutionary Guard; and the Basiji militia. Consequently, all their assets that are under American jurisdiction will be frozen and any American citizens or institutions will be prohibited from conducting business with them.

Also on the same day that the US announced its sanctions, the European Union published an updated roster of 111 blacklisted Iranian companies and banks.

Even though most Iranian leaders harshly denounced both moves, perhaps a more accurate assessment of their feelings were expressed by a top Iranian lawmaker, Kazzem Jalali, who called the US sanctions in particular a “humorous act.”

Sadly, at this point in time, it’s difficult for the Iranian leadership to not find some humor in the latest Western-imposed sanctions to be dropped on them. After all, as evidence continues to show, the litany of imposed economic sanctions have not deterred the Iranians from abandoning their repressive tactics; slowing down their military build-up; or halting their pursuit of nuclear weapons.

The latest evidence of their failure has come in a new, soon-to-be released UN report, one prepared months back and submitted three weeks ago to the UN Security Council. In addition to monitoring Iran’s nuclear program, the report also tracked Iranian efforts to develop medium and long-range missiles.

To that end, the UN report revealed that since mid-2010 Iran has increased its efforts to develop long-range missiles, specifically citing Iranian test trials on its Shabab-3 and Sejil-1 missiles, both which have a range of 1,000 kilometers.

In addition, the Iranians also tested the medium-range Fateh-110 missile. Disturbingly, Fateh-110 missiles have been supplied in recent years to Hezbollah and have the capacity to reach Tel Aviv and beyond if launched from Lebanon.

On top of that, Iran also recently and successfully tested its newly constructed air defense system, Mersad. That system — designed by Iranians — has an advanced launcher; electronic targeting and guidance systems; and is capable of hitting jet fighters traveling at supersonic speeds.

Furthermore, Iran has now promised to use the Mersad system to defend not only it but other Muslim nations. According to Iranian Parliamentarian Speaker Ali Larijani, “We do not hide our defensive advancement and (we) have designed advanced missile systems…Israel and the US should know that if they want to act violently toward Muslims, we will stand in their way.”

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  • StephenD

    Unless and until we can cut into their wallets they will keep to their agenda. Somehow, I don't think we're rightly concerned enough to bother. I bet we could stop Iran if we really wanted to. Perhaps support the uprising of its people against the regime? Oh yeah, we had a chance to do that. Libya is more important to our national interests I guess.

  • WilliamJamesWard

    Great picture, the only things missing are the gallows, ropes and the Clintons,
    et. al……………………………………………………William

  • Wesley69

    Sanctions have failed to stop Iran as it pursues its nuclear ambitions. Until the US removes the threat, nuclear missiles will, in time, be aimed at European and US cities. This can ONLY be done by force of arms. Obama's appeasement of the Mullah's has only made them more determined because they sense American weakness.

    And Obama negotiated away the defensive missile shield in Europe. On whose side is this guy????

    • ObamaYoMoma

      Not that I’m a fan of Obama because I’m not, but GWB was equally as incompetent as Obama when it came to pathetically appeasing the ruling Mullahs of Iran, even as they were murdering our troops with impunity in Iraq and Afghanistan, where we were pursuing two fantasy-based nation-building missions that were destined to fail even before they were implemented.

      • Wesley69

        I agree with regard to the business of nation-building. Both Afghanistan and Iraq will revert to authoritarian rule. If we go to war, if we are attacked, we do not rebuild.

        As for GWB with Iran, he did try the sanction approach, but never took the military option off the table until Nancy Pelosi warned him he had better forget it. There was also a report, that has since proven false, that stated that the Iranians had abandoned their efforts to build a nuclear weapon. That took out whatever justification, GWB had for eliminating the threat.

  • scum

    Well, Frank, one could expect nothing less than that the Iranian military would seek to bolster it's arsenal, as have we since WWII. Moreover, do you have a better idea than sanctions? Inquiring minds might like to know.

  • ObamaYoMoma

    The reality has always been very obvious to me; if you want to stop the ruling Mullahs in Iran no amount of negotiations or sanctions will ever work to stop them. Indeed, there is only one way to take care of business and that is to obliterate the ruling Mullahs and their nuclear weapons program. Nevertheless, the US and the West has continued to apply leftwing fantasy based strategies to try to stop the ruling Mullahs and the direct result of this insane weakness has always been very predictable, as the Iranians have very successfully exploited our suicidal weakness to very significantly increased their defenses to the point that today their defenses are far more formable than it was just a few years ago. Thus, any action necessary to stop Iran today will cost us exponentially far more than it otherwise should have.

    The truth is American leadership since the end of the Reagan administration has been extremely incompetent and has miserably failed to keep America safe. Thus, even if we wake up before it is too late to prevent WWIII, it will still cost us far more to stop Iran than it needed to, but nevertheless these incompetent loons who pretended to be leaders will never ever be held responsible.

  • SAM000

    Sometime one action, one word, one right step can stop a costly war.

    I'm Iranian, we have an organized resistance, we are in war against the Mullahs from their start-up by Carter.

    The Resistance against the Mullahs has cost our Resistance more than 120,000 Martyrs.

    We had payed this very heavy price, BECAUSE USA had supported the Mullahs against the Iranians.

    Reagan and GWB appeased the Mullahs.
    Carter, Bush Father, Clinton, and OBAMA BACKED and HELPED and Supported materially ad Militarily the Mullahs against our people.

    Without the USA support, the Mullahs could never, never stay on power.

    So, what we need to stop immediately the Mullahs is the USA NEUTRALITY, this is the MINIMUM.

    Did you know that any armed RESISTANCE against the MULLAHS is tagged TERRORISM by your STATE DEPT.?

    This is a shame for your administration, I think.

    The EXISTENCE of the Mullahs depends on USA,

    The Sanctions is good, but, Obama had offered IRAQ in a GOLDEN PLATE to the Mullahs of Iran.
    Afghanistan is the second gift to the Mullahs,

    I had forgotten to start with LEBANON, Proxy of the Mullahs HEZBOLLAH is governing there from the last war of 2006.
    Your USA had betrayed his solid allied ISRAEL!!

  • SpiritOf1683

    As Islam is the solution to you, I suggest that you leave for Pakistan immediately where you belong. And the writer of that piece shows the appalling standards of education amongst Muslims as he/she believes the Gettysburg Address was in 1963, and like you, the writer belongs in Pakistan's Waziristan Province.