The sanctions and blockade of Iran by the United Nations have been a slippery knot around Iran’s dogmatic neck. That knot has been tightened over the past few weeks as President Obama was able to coordinat with American allies and extend the UN sanctions against Iran.
Recently, even though America used its resources to rescue some Iranians from pirates at sea, the response from Iran was that act was a mere humanitarian gesture and does not change the pending wild west showdown between the two nations. How do the Iranian populace feel about their government I wonder.
Two other recent developments concerning Iran are worth mentioning: As the reality of the sanctions squeezing the life blood in Iran begins, president Ahmadinejad has flown to Latin America. His first visit was to his Venezuelan counterpart, Hugo Chavez.
Of course the rest of the world is paying close attention to everything these two presidents do. Both have made audacious statements at the UN during past presentations to the Assembly. But what is the nature of Iran’s relationship with countries in Latin America?
The world of politics would dictate that leaders are always negotiating something. In fact, politicians only have friends so long as their interests are being advanced through such associations. Sad to say, pragmatically speaking, there is a whole lot more that the mighty USA could be tangibly doing for countries in the Caribbean and the Latin American geographic spread.
Will Iran, following the lead of Cuba, will step in to be a Don and godfather to this often neglected part of the world? Make no mistake about it, the Caribbean and Latin America are struggling with some basic socio-economic problems and threats that they will welcome help in solving. That’s politics I guess. However, many regional leaders would want at least to give the US the benefit of the doubt.