Now, the debate is over how much damage has been done, and why efforts to end 55 years of diplomatic isolation have again gone wrong.
The League must also continue to exert pressure through economic sanctions and diplomatic isolation.
And the request for help is yet another indicator of Iran's desire to end its diplomatic isolation.
In fact, diplomatic isolation seems to make Taipei all the more attentive to outside opinion.
Their presence was seen as a small but potentially significant attempt by Iraq to end its diplomatic isolation.
And those consequences will be diplomatic isolation from the rest of the world.
In both countries, the results have been economic decline and diplomatic isolation.
The current Palestinian government has faced crippling diplomatic and financial isolation.
Diplomats said the island was facing international economic and diplomatic isolation as a result.
Iran also is feeling a deepening sense of diplomatic isolation, officials said.