The world is now
When asked weather such potential negotiations might lead to other issues of concern, such as Iran’s security and economic worries, Ms. Rice pointed out that, in addition to its pursuit of nuclear weapons, Iran is also guilty of supporting regional terrorism and other violations, serious issues that it must deal with before such matters could be tabled.
also emphasized that, should Iran refuse to accept the conditions proposed by
the United States and endorsed by its European allies, and should the Security
Council then fail to take appropriate steps in enforcing economic sanction
against Iran, the United States might take action, with or without international
support. Furthermore, she confirmed, as far as what the
Now, just as a
mental exercise, let us ponder what the reaction in the
Recognizing the United States’
deepening problems in the Middle East, and the American people’s legitimate
concerns over the loss of American lives and huge financial burdens resulting
from their government’s misguided policies, and in view of Iran’s strategic and
influential position in the region, the Islamic Republic of Iran is ready to
open a meaningful dialogue between the two states. However, before any
negotiations could take place, the
1- Acknowledge the fact that its invasion and
2- Acknowledge the fact that the presence of
its armed forces and military bases throughout the region and surrounding areas
is a clear and present threat to all peaceful Islamic nations of the
3- Acknowledge the fact that its support of
terrorist groups such as the Mojahedin Khalgh, and the terrorist state,
4- Acknowledge the fact that its covert infiltration by military personnel and agents inside the Iranian territories to engage in inciting dissent and sectarian violence is a clear violation of international codes of conduct.
5- Acknowledge the fact that threats of regime
change or preemptive military attack against
6- Acknowledge the fact that its non-compliance with the NPT regulations by developing new nuclear weapons, promoting and otherwise ignoring the proliferation of nuclear weapons by America’s allies, particularly Israel, Pakistan and India, and ignoring the Treaty’s principle of gradual disarmament, is in violation of a signatory to this international agreement.
7- Acknowledge the fact that threats of economic sanctions against a sovereign state could lead to an economic blockade, which is tantamount to a declaration of war against that nation.
8- Acknowledge the fact the its mission in the Middle East was never to promote freedom and democracy, but to perpetuate repressive political and economic conditions by creating and supporting compliant regimes while denying freedom and democratic aspirations in the region, in order to accommodate America’s own strategic interests.
9- In view of the above, the
President Ahmadinejad’s now “infamous” letter, a much milder or benign version of the above, to President Bush was summarily dismissed by the Administration. Quite expectedly, commentators on Fox channels, the redneck radio talk-show hosts, and political pundits in major national publications, ridiculed the “Islamofascist” Iranian “nouveau-Hitler”. Yet, several high-ranking members of the Congress, both Democrats and Republicans, as well as some former Cabinet officials including Kissinger and Albright, saw Iran’s gesture as a potential or an excuse for initiating a meaningful dialogue between the two countries.
The accusatory and
blatantly insulting conditional offer expressed by the Secretary of State,
Condoleezza Rice, for a potential dialogue with
general public’s attitude toward the Iranian regime is not likely to undergo a
significant revision here. Neither can we hope for a more positive perception of
The above notwithstanding, meaningful negotiations at official levels, aimed at a reasonable and mutually productive resolution of the conflict of interests between the two countries, can and must be pursued. At the same time, toning down the current counterproductive rhetoric from both sides will help bring about a more positive atmosphere of understanding in the public domain, which will play a most essential role in defusing the tension between the two states.
such changes in diplomacy might be much easier and more likely to take place in
religious hardliners and ultraconservative elements within the Iranian regime,
now increasingly and quite unwisely overconfident in their ability to maintain
and even strengthen their control over the nation’s destiny, will resist any
effort toward such a rapprochement with the “Great Satan”. In their case,
however, pressure from above, from the office of the Supreme Leader, Ayatollah
Khameneh’i, and President Ahmadinejad’s superficially inflexible position, could
much more easily sway
In this grand chess game the ultimate goal would be a stalemate or a détente under conditions that both parties could claim victory and save face in their respective public domains.
There is no other solution to the current dilemma. All major players stand to lose as the crescendo of muscle flexing and saber rattling by both sides reaches new highs leading potentially to a catastrophic confrontation.
In my personal
opinion, the ball remains in
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