Despite nearly endless negotiations that have gone on since 2002 (or for almost 13 years ), including yet another round of new talks that began 14 months ago and which were extended already once again...
Just this week, no less than Iran's Foreign Minister and lead negotiator made clear their position on nukes, and it is not favorable to coming to any real agreement:
Here in his own words:
- Iran insists that the U.S. must bow to Iran's "Inalienable Nuclear Rights."
- Despite our wanting to believe that a deal is possible, he states, "Some [Western] countries have fallen prey to miscalculations [about Iran's position] due to wrong analysis."
- He goes on to say, "U.S. sanctions against Iran "have left no impact" on their position.
While our goal may be for a peaceful Iran without nuclear WMD, "a goal without a [genuine] plan is just a wish!"
Hmm...is this a real partner for peace?
It is recognized that:
1) Iran has one of the world's worst records of human right abuses of their own people!
2) "Iran is the single largest state sponsor of terrorism in the world."
3) Iran threatens "annihilation" and Genocide to their neighbors in the West.
We cannot fool ourselves anymore that Iran will ever voluntarily give up their desire or pursuit of The Bomb!
Enough rewarding Iran with billions of dollars in incentives just for coming to the table with no meaningful results.
Yes ideally, we would all love to celebrate this Thanksgiving with a REAL deal for peace.
However, we don't need a bogus agreement or another meaningless extension that gets the Iranians that much closer to nuclear breakout capability and the world to the next major regional or even global war.
Albert Einstein said, "Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results."
Perhaps it's time to change the playbook then...
Engagement is an excellent opportunity with a partner that is willing to seriously negotiate, but containment and ultimately military intervention is necessary when talks are simply a long-running ruse or sham to dangerous nuclear WMD and world terror.
(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)