Saturday, September 01, 2012

NAM in Tehran

When you assemble the membership of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) there are several predicable points of consensus: that the structure of the United Nations Security Council on which the five Permanent Members (the U.S. France, Britain, Russia and China) enjoy unrivalled power is unfair and permits only limited voice to most states in the world; second, that the Non-Proliferation Treaty, which grants privileged status to the first five countries that acquired nuclear weapons is biased and serves to protect the privileged power and authority to the same five powers.  One should have been surprised if the NAM meeting in Tehran did not endorse Iran's "right" to develop civil nuclear power

As for Muhammad Mursi's speech in Tehran, it was not just a jolt to Iran but a reminder of how skewed much of the commentary that appears in the U.S. media happens to be.  Mursi's speech in Tehran rained on Iran's parade and reflected broad Arab opinion, not least in Egypt. The Mursi stance also puts lie to the sort of hysterical piffle that passes for informed commentary in the US and Israeli media. The notion that Mursi should behave as a loyal US acolyte rather than pursuing Egypt's interests, which often, but not always, overlap with US interests, should be put to rest.

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