USAs ensidige sanksjoner mot Revolusjonsgarden i Iran og tre iranske banker er ment å legge så sterkt press på Iran at krig ikke blir nødvendig. Men omverdenen rygger tilbake og ser tøft diplomati som en forløper for krig.
EUs vankelmodighet og reservasjoner mot nye sanksjoner og Kina og Russlands aktive motvilje, er med å øke faren for krig. Så paradoksalt det enn høres ut.
In approving far-reaching, new unilateral sanctions against Iran, President Bush signaled yesterday that he intends to pursue a strategy of gradually escalating financial, diplomatic and political pressure on Tehran, aimed not at starting a new war in the Middle East, his advisers said, but at preventing one.
Bush believes Tehran will not seriously discuss limiting its nuclear ambitions or pulling back from its involvement in Iraq unless it experiences significantly more pressure than the United States and the international community have been able to exert so far, according to administration officials and others familiar with the president’s thinking.
«This decision today supports the diplomacy and in no way, shape or form does it anticipate the use of force,» said Undersecretary of State R. Nicholas Burns, a key administration player on Iran. «Now, the president has never taken that option off the table and quite rightly so, but we are clearly on a diplomatic track, and this initiative reinforces that track.»