CASMII Press Release
In a moment of candour, Robert Gates, the US Defence Secretary has admitted albeit implicitly that the Bush administration's diplomacy towards Iran has long been a sham: "If there is going to be a discussion, then they need something, too. We can't go to a discussion and be completely the demander, with them not feeling that they need anything from us," he stated in his address to a group of retired American diplomats on May 14.
Lamenting also that the US may have squandered an opportunity to engage with Iran under President Khatami's government, Gates' striking assertion echoes the confession of several European diplomats to Asia Times Online on 7th September 2005. For the first time, they admitted that the package offered by the EU-3 in their so-called negotiations with Iran over its nuclear programme was "an empty box of chocolate" and that "there is nothing else we can offer." The diplomats went on to say: "The Americans simply wouldn't let us."
In 2004, Gates co-authored the Council of Foreign Relations' report "Iran: Time for a New Approach," which rejected that Iran is on the verge of another revolution and called for the United States to reassess its long-standing policy of non-engagement with the current Iranian government. He was later a member of the Iraq study Group, the US Congress' bipartisan panel, whose report in December 2006 strongly recommended direct dialogue with Iran.
The tacit but honest admission of the insincere nature of the US stance on Iran in Gates' speech on Wednesday was once again confirmed on the same day by the US response to the Russian Foreign Minister's statement on how to tackle effectively the conflicts in the Middle East. Sergei Lavrov called on international powers to offer security guarantees for Iran in order to help resolve all problems in the region and the crisis over Iran's nuclear programme.
The White House immediately rejected this call. Spokesman Gordon Johndroe simply retorted: "Security guarantees are not something we are looking at the moment," exposing yet one more time the administration's unwillingness to change its failing agenda for regime change and instead pursue a sincere path for peace.
President Bush's highly inflammatory, threatening and hypocritical rhetoric against Iran in his address to the Israeli Knesset on May 16 provides the strongest evidence yet for his real objective. By making a comparison with the Nazi Germany and warning against appeasement, his speech was designed to destroy peace efforts and justify military action against Iran.
Ironically termed "diplomacy", the US instigated sanctions against Iran are part of a plan to frustrate meaningful negotiations in order to portray violent aggression as a viable alternative to the public.
The Campaign Against Sanctions and Military Intervention in Iran (CASMII) calls on the European Union, Russia and China to resist the Bush administration's war drive through the United Nations Security Council.
CASMII echoes the appeals of the international community and leading experts in demanding immediate and unconditional US negotiations with Iran.
For more information or to contact us please visit http://www.campaigniran.org
... Payvand News - 05/19/08 ... --