Iran unhappy about sanctions and satellite


A little over a month ago, I wrote about the U.S.’ plans to place and enforce sanctions on the Iranian regime to make them change their plan to build a nuclear bomb (click here to read it). In that post, I introduced you to one of the top people that are working to on this goal, Stuart Levey, Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence in the Obama administration. Well, since that time, the UN Security Council has passed sanctions against Iran, albeit a little watered down thanks to Russia and China (mostly China). 

Within the U.S., they are looking at passing even stronger unilateral sanctions on Iran but still, most people believe that sanctions will ultimately not be enough to really make Iran change their mind. Regardless, Levey says that Iran is clearly “anxious” about these sanctions and is trying to find a work around for them. The list of large companies who are avoiding doing business with Iran is growing, which shows that this strategy is having some effect.

Staying with the Iran issue, yesterday Israel launched another spy satellite in to orbit, using their own rocket. This is the fourth spy satellite Israel will have in space. The main purpose of this one is to eavesdrop on Iranian activities with their nuclear program. Other than trying to keep the work underground as much as possible, it is very difficult to hide from a good spy satellite. It is widely believed that Israel has a nuclear capability, which means they are the only one in the Middle East to have it and they definitely want to keep it that way. In fact, the entire world should feel that way because they are the only country in the region that can be trusted with such a devastating weapon.

Every day that passes brings Iran a little bit closer to obtaining a nuclear capability, so the sanctions that are coming in to force soon must work fairly quickly. Also, more sanctions need to be in the pipeline to show Iran what is coming up if they don’t change course. It still looks like military action will have to come in to play eventually which is obviously a bad, but potentially inevitable outcome. One key to this whole equation is the people of Iran who have the power to overthrow the government. However, until now they have not been successful. Perhaps with some more help from outside powers (that is, if the Iranian people would accept the help) they can together have enough strength to over power the current regime and make Iran a country that does justice to its rich history and culture.