This month, Iranian leaders encounter a unique and distinct political opportunity to improve Tehran's political image. The "London 11" will hold a meeting in Europe next week and the subject of Iran's role in the resolution efforts of the Syrian civil war as well as delivery of humanitarian aid to the nation will be discussed.
Although the UN does important humanitarian work, it is overgrown with the weeds of a dysfunctional bureaucracy and spineless leadership, and has become a watering hole for states that are prepared to sanction sex discrimination and extremist ideology without fear of serious challenge by the world body.
The Egyptian military proved that at the time of the January 25 uprising it belonged to the state -- not the regime -- when it sided with the people. The military made the right decision and was celebrated for it. This time around, however, it sided with one party over another in a rather swift and eerie manner.