Flashback: The Obama Administration Thinks the UN Security Council is the Perfect Place to Resolved Deadlocked International Disputes…
…When those disputes don’t involve Israel as the violator of international law.
[January 2010] The Obama Administration is drawing up a list of tough new sanctions against Iran in preparation for a possible UN Security Council vote within weeks.
… Hillary Clinton, the US Secretary of State, held talks with her counterparts from both countries in London this week, urging them to recognise that their efforts at negotiating a halt to Iran’s nuclear programme had failed.
Mrs Clinton said that the world had “little choice but to apply further pressure” after a year of fruitless negotiations over what Western and Arab governments believe to be a covert Iranian nuclear weapons programme.
“Fruitless negotiations?” Gee, that sounds an awful lot like decades of Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations and all the while the settlements keep covering the land.
Oh, but wait…
Fast forward to 2011 and Israel:
[February 18, 2011] Stuck in a diplomatic bind, the Obama administration scrambled Thursday to avert a difficult UN Security Council vote on a Palestinian-backed resolution condemning Israeli settlements. President Barack Obama raised the subject in a call with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas after other attempts to sway him failed.
…the United States also does not want the Security Council to take up the issue, arguing it would complicate peace negotiations.
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said the Security Council vote planned Friday would be counterproductive as the United States focuses on advancing talks that will lead to a two-state solution.
“We have consistently over many years said that the United Nations Security Council and resolutions that would come before the Security Council are not the right vehicle to advance that goal,” she said at a news conference after a briefing with senators.
So I guess the next time the US brings an issue about Iran or North Korea to the Security Council, the other member nations like Russia and China should stand up and say “you know, United States, we really don’t think this is the right vehicle to enhance the goals…it might simply be counterproductive and harden the positions of the parties and hurt the diplomatic process. The only way for you to resolve this is to sit down with Iran in face-to-face negotiations and work this out. The international community really can’t impose a solution.”