A Lady's Ruminations

"Jane was firm where she felt herself to be right." -Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

Thursday, September 22, 2005

A Lack of Fortitude

This really isn't a surprise. The EU has no moral fortitude. No wonder first Napoleon and then Hitler marched across Europe.

AP: Europeans Drop Harsher Stance on Iran---

VIENNA, Austria - The European Union offered a slight compromise Thursday in its drive to refer Iran to the U.N. Security Council, telling Russia, China and other Iranian allies it was prepared only to delay the initiative and not give it up.

Backed by the United States, the Europeans said that if referral opponents did not accept the offer, the EU would push for an immediate vote on Security Council action, diplomats at a meeting of the International Atomic Energy Agency said.

The Europeans and Americans believed they could win a vote at the IAEA. But both China and Russia hold veto power on the Security Council and could block any action there against Iran — including possible sanctions — over its suspect nuclear program, so a delay would give the EU time to seek wider support.

While the new offer backed off threats of forcing a vote on immediate referral, it implicitly would establish the basis for later Security Council involvement by asking the board to find Iran guilty of noncompliance with the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty.
And Iraq was was guilty of noncompliance for 12 years, through 17 resolutions. Does anyone seriously think that the EU or the UN will hold Iran to anything?