West Cedes A Nuclear Victory To Iran
There are many reports circulating today about the coming EU-Iran nuclear talks set for Wednesday, and most of them are characterizing the Iranian regime and its position as fundamentally changed and suddenly pragmatic. Digest them (and associated headlines) with extreme caution. First up, from the Associated Press, the final paragraph gets directly to the heart of the matter at hand.
The approach on both sides ahead of Wednesday's talks, however, might make a compromise easier, because of a new willingness to examine possible ways of redefining an enrichment freeze, said the officials, who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because their information was confidential.
First, understand that Iran has long said that its nuclear program is non-negotiable. Period. Judging by past actions and words, this should be accepted at face value.
Second, understand that Iran has demanded talks 'without preconditions,' specifically the US - and presumably European - demand that Iran first cease enrichment. The West Cedes this to Iran by holding the EU-Iran Wednesday talks without precondition.
But most importantly, please note that after ceding this, the West is considering a ground-up redefinition of the central term 'enrichment.' Be very wary of diplomatic hocus-pocus with the magic wand of language. Observe specifics (resultant language) coming from discussions very carefully.
Next up is from the UK's Guardian Unlimited, where the headline informs the reader of the intended message: Iran tones down rhetoric ahead of nuclear talks.
Iran's unusually conciliatory tone ahead of two key meetings tomorrow raised hopes that its tense confrontation with the US and some western countries on nuclear and security issues is beginning to subside.
Speaking prior talks with the EU on Tehran's suspect nuclear programme that are due to resume in Ankara, foreign ministry spokesman Mohammad Ali Hosseini described the west's approach as "positive and realistic" and said grounds for optimism existed.
"The western side has not set any preconditions for this round of talks and has called for holding negotiations in a calm atmosphere," Mr Hosseini told Irna news agency. "So coming to a purposeful and working agreement is imaginable."
Again, why would Iran wield its customary rhetoric when the West is ceding Iranian demands for talks without precondition? How reasonable of the Iranians, no? Quite "positive and realistic" indeed of the West.
Cede Iran what it wants and the regime becomes quite reasonable indeed. Unless, of course, one is paying attention to Iranian activities in Lebanon or Iraq. It begs one to wonder, how on earth does al-Qaeda get its new recruits from Diyala Province to Pakistan? No matter. Iran is 'toning down its rhetoric,' so move along, please.
It requires an Arab media outlet for proper context beyond the afforded press conferences hyping up the 'progress' ahead in Ankara, and the 'softening' of both sides toward a supposedly more reasonable approach. From the United Arab Emirates' Khaleej Times, their corresponding article is headlined quite differently: Iran vows no nuclear retreat on eve of EU talks.
Iran’s unwavering defiance over its nuclear programme has further dampened hopes of a breakthrough at talks with the European Union on Wednesday.
Iran and the EU resume discussions in Turkey with the 27-nation bloc hoping to persuade Teheran to halt sensitive work major powers fear is aimed at making atom bombs, in return for a suspension of sanctions against it.
But Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad told Reuters in an interview on Monday the Islamic state would not accept any such ‘double suspension’ and the government spokesman took a similar line on Tuesday.
‘This issue (Iran’s nuclear activities) will not go backwards and we have followed a legal path for the country’s progress,’ Gholamhossein Elham told a regular briefing.
In order to accept the popular Western media accounts for the message(s) they intend to project, one must first trust an Iranian regime that leads the world in state sponsored terrorism and that hid its nuclear program for 20 years.
The important thing to take from the news cycle today is that the West is ceding to Iranian demands, Iran is getting precisely what it wishes, and it intends to use these talks to redefine the very term 'enrichment,' necessarily bringing the entire process of the Iranian nuclear crisis back to square one.
Translation: "We're being awfully nice. We're making progress in our enrichment. Let's start this over again on new grounds. We could really use the time."
You've been warned.