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Argument: Any sanctions effort against Iran would be scuttled by China and Russia

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  • Joshua Muravchik of the LA Times writes on 11/19/06 that, "It is now clear that neither Moscow nor Beijing will ever agree to tough sanctions. What's more, even if they were to do so, it would not stop Iran, which is a country on a mission. As President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad put it: 'Thanks to the blood of the martyrs, a new Islamic revolution has arisen…. The era of oppression, hegemonic regimes and tyranny and injustice has reached its end…. The wave of the Islamic revolution will soon reach the entire world.' There is simply no possibility that Iran's clerical rulers will trade this ecstatic vision for a mess of Western pottage in the form of economic bribes or penalties."
  • Tony Karon of Time argues on 3/22/06 that, "Moscow and Beijing are blocking efforts by the U.S. and its allies to have the Security Council issue an ultimatum to Iran to cease uranium-enrichment activities. Their motivations are pretty clear. China's strategic stake in Iran's energy sector makes comprehensive sanctions intolerable. Russia's own economic ties with Tehran give it a similar, although not quite as critical, incentive to avoid sanctions. Just as important, both sides are determined to avoid letting the Security Council become a platform for confrontation as it was before the Iraq invasion. And though both countries are committed to the nuclear nonproliferation system that Iran is being accused of threatening, neither views Iran as as big a strategic threat to its own interests and influence as does the U.S."

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