What Copenhagen Means For Iran
A watered-down emissions treaty could mean watered-down sanctions
Does a weak international climate accord presage weak international resolve on Iran? That’s the provocative argument anonymous diplomats made to Haaretz over the weekend following the U.N. summit in Copenhagen, which produced no binding requirements to lower emissions.
Following the end of the summit, diplomats said that China’s flexing of its political muscles in its disputes with the United States at the conference should serve as a warning of what will happen when the Obama administration seeks to bring tougher sanctions against Iran for U.N. Security Council approval.
China has expressed at least as much hesitance to truly bring the hammer down on Iran as it has to substantively curb its emissions. And if anything, China has greater power when it comes to Security Council resolutions. On a matter like an international climate treaty, China’s influence is huge—any resolution without its support can only accomplish so much, and will look bad to boot—but not formal. Within the 15-member Security Council, however, China’s permanent veto is literal and absolute.
Plus Polanski’s way out, Egypt’s hated wall, and more in the news
Daily rate: $2
Monthly rate: $18
Yearly rate: $180
WAIT, WHY DO I HAVE TO PAY TO COMMENT?
Tablet is committed to bringing you the best, smartest, most enlightening and entertaining reporting and writing on Jewish life, all free of charge. We take pride in our community of readers, and are thrilled that you choose to engage with us in a way that is both thoughtful and thought-provoking. But the Internet, for all of its wonders, poses challenges to civilized and constructive discussion, allowing vocal—and, often, anonymous—minorities to drag it down with invective (and worse). Starting today, then, we are asking people who'd like to post comments on the site to pay a nominal fee—less a paywall than a gesture of your own commitment to the cause of great conversation. All proceeds go to helping us bring you the ambitious journalism that brought you here in the first place.
I NEED TO BE HEARD! BUT I DONT WANT TO PAY.
Readers can still interact with us free of charge via Facebook, Twitter, and our other social media channels, or write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Each week, we’ll select the best letters and publish them in a new letters to the editor feature on the Scroll.
We hope this new largely symbolic measure will help us create a more pleasant and cultivated environment for all of our readers, and, as always, we thank you deeply for your support.