"America doesn't have as much money and power as we once thought. We can no longer conduct foreign policy on a blank check." - Peter Beinart
Israel went on the record with the NY Times, claiming that they helped influence China's decision to vote for the sanctions: "In February, a high-level Israeli delegation traveled to Beijing to present alleged evidence of Iran’s atomic ambitions. Then they unveiled the ostensible purpose of their visit: to explain in sobering detail the economic impact to China from an Israeli strike on Iran — an attack Israel has suggested is all but inevitable should the international community fail to stop Iran from assembling a nuclear weapon.
“The Chinese didn’t seem too surprised by the evidence we showed them, but they really sat up in their chairs when we described what a pre-emptive attack would do to the region and on oil supplies they have come to depend on,” said an Israeli official with knowledge of the meeting and who asked for anonymity so as not to upset his Chinese counterparts.
Whether the Israeli show-and-tell persuaded Beijing to join the proposed sanctions announced by the White House late last month may never be known. But the episode demonstrates how Israel — a small country with limited influence on China — has found ways to engage an emerging superpower whose geopolitical heft is increasingly vital to the Jewish state." Israel's willingness to go behind our back to get what it wants could easily have gone the other way, as China has typically reacted badly to bullying behavior.
This weekend there were to be rallies and green movement people taking to the streets once again in Tehran, but it was canceled because of the two million thug Basiji who were brought in from all around the country. Too much threat of violence, but I wonder if the Disney films will still be shown? Many Iranian government officials keep trying to downplay last year's protests as having any importance. They keep promoting the nuclear program as a form of foreign influence, trying to rally the citizens around a manufactured and trumped up perceived threat.
To the other Arab nations, they try to portray their government as naturally supporting all Islamic revolutionary movements, specifically the Palestinian movement. Again, outside influences from Israel and the US, which tries to suppress the Palestinians, also seeks to destabilize Iran because of its support for Hamas. All of the streetside violence in Tehran was instigated by foreigners, none from the good, green citizens of Iran, who would rather behave that get their butts kicked and tortured in jail by the stern parents that the clergy has become... Nobody seems to be buying it, especially the countries that have had a build up of stability and trade in the region. An escalation of hostilities will polarize the region, and a nuclear Iran will throw all of the hard earned alliances into chaos.
A scary thought, but the right wing elements inside the Israeli government would get along fine with the right wing wackos in the Iranian government, since their world-view is both so equally narrow-minded. Mix in some extremist Wahhabis, some Afghani Talibans, strip them all of their nationalism, and they could easily resemble a tea party rally, minus the prattling about the constitution... Hell, the US oil companies alreadt threw a BBQ for the Afghan Talibans back before we invaded their country. Something about wanting to build a pipeline across their country and ending in Turkey, who was more puppet-like. They even had Taliban training manuals printed up at the University of Nebraska Press...