Persistence Pays Off For Iran
Leading Friday prayers in Tehran, Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati declared that Iran should never compromise its nuclear right but, nonetheless, is ready for talks. Jannati said to worshippers, “The Iranian nation and officials and Supreme Leader (Ayatollah Khamenei) and all those who have hands in administration of the country’s affairs, will not accept Iran’s withdrawal from its inalienable rights.” He then added, “History showed we have achieved success whenever we resisted. Resistance against conspiracies has been successful.”
Ayatollah Janatti speaks the truth, as Iran is not withdrawing from any of its activities and, in their resistance, are successfully enriching more uranium according to both their claims and a new IAEA report. Feeding more uranium into their centrifuge cascades is thought to be a message of defiance to the West amid calls for Iran to abandon its nuclear enrichment program.
Iran’s unwavering stance is bearing real fruits, as the West is clearly wearing down and watering down its demands. In all appearances, what were once demands appear to be reduced to polite requests accompanied by a long list of tributes to the steadfast mullah regime.
With Iran’s consistent refusal to budge and the West’s inability to maintain a stern message, Ahmadinejad is now ready for nuclear talks. And why wouldn’t he be? An editorial in The Boston Globe called Secretary of State Rice’s announcement of talks with Iran the result of “sage advice from allies and former secretaries of state such as Henry Kissinger and Madeleine Albright.” This, of course, is the same sage advice that netted US nuclear power reactors for North Korea, now believed to be a nuclear weapons power as a direct result.
So, too, with Iran today. Gone are the demands for complete cessation of nuclear enrichment in exchange for simply pausing during negotiations. Iran’s persistence has paid off and the West has heeded Iran’s call as reported by the Iranian Fars News Agency that “any kind of pre-conditions for talks makes the situation more difficult.”
Making an appearance at the table, however, are guarantees of US nuclear reactors, nuclear technology sharing, and incredibly favorable EU trade agreements awaiting signature. Also included in the West’s acquiescence is the removal of sanctions on aircraft parts put in place years ago by the US not for disputes over any nuclear crisis, but rather, for Iran’s role in international terrorism.
Some wonder if this is a Western collapse or a gambit to expose Iran’s true intentions. Initially, on the word of US talks with Iran, we openly supported the move as an attempt to expose Iranian intentions. This was before word of the lifting of sanctions in lieu of the threat of sanctions along with the offer of American reactors and nuclear technology. Including those aspects in context, it seems illogical that this is an attempt to expose Iranian intentions. For if Iran accepts the offer, which they should, they will have an open pathway to nuclear weapons identical to North Korea.
Victor Davis Hansen calls it “Iran’s Nuclear Scorpion.” Perhaps it is no less correct to call it “America’s Diplomatic Kitten.”
Iran is winning. More accurately, the West is losing. By choice.