There has been some interesting news out of the IAEA recently. The UN nuclear watchdog expressed concern about the nuclear capabilities of a certain middle eastern nation (hint: starts with an “I”) and voted to have all of its nuclear sites subject to UN inspections. But this is how that country responded:
“The delegation of [I] deplores this resolution,” David Danieli, deputy director of [I]‘s atomic energy commission, told the chamber after the vote.
“[We] will not cooperate in any matter with this resolution which is only aiming at reinforcing political hostilities and lines of division in the Middle East region.
This news should get the hawks in Washington riled up and should be a prelude to getting western nations ready to lay on economic sanctions, right? Of course none of those things will happen, because the nation in question isn’t Iran, it’s Israel.
The latter, as opposed to the former, actually does have nuclear weapons and keeps their existence a poorly guarded secret. In fact Israelis are prosecuted for publicly speaking about the Jewish state’s nuclear weapons program. But where is the outrage? Where are the economic sanctions aimed at Israel?
This double standard certainly does not go unnoticed in Tehran, where the Iranian government can see a clear difference in how Israel, Pakistan, India and North Korea are treated as opposed to, say, Iraq. And what lesson do we think Iran will learn from such a double standard?