Surprise: Iran’s October missile test violated U.N. ban

Time to draw a new red line.  Or send a strongly worded letter.  

The medium-range Emad rocket that Iran tested in October was a ballistic missile capable of delivering a nuclear warhead, which makes it a violation of a U.N. Security Council resolution, a team of sanctions monitors said in a confidential new report. – Reuters

Did anyone really believe that Iran would comply with the so-called-treaty-that-isn’t-a-treaty-but-a-non-binding-agreement?

There’s a reason sanctions work.  Because there are consequences to actions. But when you remove those sanctions and instead of a legitimate treaty, you put in place a sham that is a non-binding agreement, what incentive is there to comply?

Iran knows its enemy.  It understands Europe and the West better than we know ourselves. Like a patient predator, it is able to sense and smell where weakness is and wait until it is right to strike.

It also understands how to test things.  Just like terrorists are constantly testing the effectiveness of counter-terrorism efforts to find weaknesses.  Or the squirrels in my back yard that constantly test every anti-squirrel contraption that I rig up to protect the bird feeders.  Iran constantly tests the bounds and resolve of its opponent.

Earlier on Tuesday the U.N. nuclear watchdog’s 35-nation board in Vienna closed its investigation into whether Iran sought atomic weapons, opting to back the international deal with Tehran rather than dwell on Iran’s past activities, diplomats said.

Just put your head back in the sand.  There’s nothing to see here.