Iran and Patience

Iran and Patience

I think I’ve been seeing headlines like this for weeks. Months even. The U.S. or the world or the U.N. or somebody else is talking about how their patience with Iran for one reason or another. I mean, how long is everyone going to sit around and talk about how Iran is trying their patience? When I was a kid and my mother said, “Don’t make me come over there…” or used my middle name or something, it certainly didn’t take her weeks to get around to punishing me or letting me know how she felt about the general situation.

Iran, however, seems to have the ability to try everyone’s patience without any kind of actual punishment or action. What’s the deal, world?

Robert Gibbs talked about a recent vote by the U.N. nuclear watchdog meant to tell Iran about the "resolve and unity" of the international community.

The International Atomic Energy Agency's board of governors voted 25-3 to censure Iran. Yes! Action! Wait, what’s a censure?

"Our patience and that of the international community is limited, and time is running out. If Iran refuses to meet its obligations, then it will be responsible for its own growing isolation and the consequences," said Robert Gibbs, President Barack Obama's chief spokesman.

Ah, a little accountability action going on here. I love it.

"The fact that 25 countries from all parts of the world cast their votes in favor shows the urgent need for Iran to address the growing international deficit of confidence in its intentions," Gibbs said.

"We hope Iran takes note of that clear message," said a U.S. official.

But neither this official nor anyone else will talk about anything beyond vagueries or toothless statements of broad threat. “Don’t make me come over there…”

Why might it be different this time?  

Ah, yes: Russia and China. They have finally agreed with the other members of the U.N. security council and stand behind this vague threat, which may be less vague once Iran decides not to do anything.

I think it’s safe to assume, though, that it won’t be military action if Russia and China are behind it. Which is good. Turning Iran into an isolated island would be awesome. Starting another war would be horrible. WE do not need that to happen.

"It is significant, as I said before, that both of those parties strongly supported this step in the board of governors. They are fully committed to a two-track strategy ... we intend to take this very steadily and step by step." said a U.S. official about Russia and China. And there you have it. If the U.S. is optimistic about Russia and China, something good is happening.

So this is a collective effort- which is good to hear- we can only hope that that means that this time people mean it.  

Hopefully Iran knows this. And hopefully they decide to do something about it. And if they don’t, hopefully the U.N. will decide to do something about that… rather than just talking about losing their patience one.. more… time.