Iran Rope-A-Dopes the West Again

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Clearly, the Iranians have taken the measure of the West and the U.S. for thirty years. No matter how much humiliation they have inflicted, no matter how much American blood they have on their hands, the U.S. has not done anything to convince the mullahs that there is a price to pay for their aggression. The Iranians know that diplomatic “engagement” and “outreach,” that photogenic “meetings” and “conferences” are mere excuses not to act, and are an indulgence of that peculiar Western delusion that a violent aggressor can be bargained or talked out of his aggression, rather than seeing that for tyrants diplomacy is, as Robert Conquest put it, merely a “technical adjunct” to their aggression.

Indeed, since 1979, Iran has seen these offers of friendship and engagement as signs of weakness to be met with scorn and further aggression. When Obama came into office, he was eager to discard the “cowboy” crudity of George Bush and his simplistic “axis of evil” rhetoric. In his inaugural address, Obama told Iran and the Muslim world that he sought “a new way forward, based on mutual interest and mutual respect,” and offered to deal with the Iranians “without preconditions.” Yet every outreach was met with contempt. Obama’s Persian new year greeting in 2009 was met with the “supreme leader” Ayatollah Khamenei’s statement that “the path of Iran’s nuclear progress could not be blocked.” A personal letter to Khamenei a few months later calling for “co-operation in regional and bilateral relations” was met with the brutal crackdown in June on Iranians protesting the rigged presidential elections. Obama’s refusal to support even verbally the protestors until it was too late didn’t earn any goodwill from the regime either. After Iran failed to disclose the uranium-enrichment facility in Qum, Obama rewarded the mullahs by saying, “We remain committed to serious, meaningful engagement with Iran.” And don’t forget that during that whole time, and continuing until today, Iran has been helping terrorists travel to Iraq to kill Americans, and providing them with advanced weapons, funds, and training.

Given this long record of American appeasement in the face of Iranian aggression, why should the regime think anything has changed? Sure, the sanctions are biting, and Obama has finally wised up a bit about the reliability of Iranian promises and intentions. But his public undercutting of Israel during the past year, and his obvious reluctance to have a foreign policy crisis explode during his reelection campaign, suggests to the Iranians that they face no credible threat of military action, and so can once more manipulate the diplomatic process long enough to keep the Israelis at bay while the mullahs move closer to manufacturing a nuclear weapon.

Even more dangerous, any possible agreement likely to be reached in Baghdad cannot guarantee that Iran will not obtain nuclear weapons, particularly if Iran is allowed to keep enriching uranium at any rate of purity. As Saddam Hussein demonstrated, inspectors can be manipulated, obstructed, and run around for years. Access to sites can be limited. Nuclear facilities can be hidden, their existence denied. This rope-a-doping can go on indefinitely, as long as the mullahs are convinced that the West will not use military force, and that the U.S. will discourage Israel from doing so. And don’t forget: no matter what happens with inspections or agreements, the Iranians will still have the technical knowledge and the facilities necessary for producing weapons, and can simply bid their time until they believe circumstances are favorable for restarting their program––the same game Hussein was playing until the 2003 invasion destroyed his regime. Any agreement with the Iranians, then, promises to end up being “of no further significance whatsoever,” as Hitler described the famous “peace in our time” pledge he and Neville Chamberlain signed in Munich.

There’s only one way to ensure that a regime of religious fanatics does not acquire the weapons that will compromise our national interests and security, and those of our allies in the Middle East. Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has articulated it clearly: “Iran must end all enrichment of nuclear material, Iran must remove from its territory all material that has been enriched up until now, and Iran must dismantle the underground nuclear facility in Qum.” Any deal that settles for anything less is simply accepting that Iran will become a nuclear power.

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  • rev d j handyside

    I don't blame the iranians one bit. It's self-preservation. and on thier terms… and why the heck not… everyone else does it. especially the yanks and the jews.

    • Choi

      YOU'RE a POSTER BOY for the Anti-Semitism of "The Religious LEFT".
      Go back or STAY in your South African Hellhole.
      You must be the South African Rev. Wright!
      Aren't you going to be shocked when YOU GO TO H#LL instead of Heaven.


      bishop tutu got a boo boo on his tutu.

  • StephenD

    Tyrannical and zealot beliefs in your destiny being tied to wreaking havoc on earth in order to usher in the 12th (hidden) Imam cannot be easily dissuaded. The only motivating factor for such people is brute force. The leadership in Iran understand only power; the power of their belief system, of their weapons system, of their determination and superiority of all others. In order to perhaps limit the number of casualties from such fool-hardy people it may be necessary to resort to force.
    There is no evil in crushing that which would destroy innocent people. It would be evil to NOT take action.

    • Choi


    • http://N/A Jim

      Absolutely right! Solution to this problem: A three prong strike from Isreal, the United States and Great Britain to completely destroy Iran’s nuclear installations and render their military useless. Once that objective is obtained, do nothing. Let the Persian people take back their country from the religious nuts running the show and bring their country back into the 21st century.

  • Choi

    "Yukiya Amano, director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency, announced on Tuesday that Iran would agree “quite soon” to allow IAEA inspectors to search for any evidence that Iran’s nuclear enrichment program has been directed towards military applications."

    "Quite Soon"?

    • WilliamJamesWard

      Or! right after they roll out a few nuclear tipped weapons aimed at Israel…………….William

  • tagalog

    Perhaps the United States should announce that "quite soon" we will begin sending squadrons of bombers over Tehran to carpet-bomb the city, beginning with the houses of government, moving on to the war-making factories of the country, then to the oil fields, then to the businesses, then to the refineries, then to the citizenry as we wait for Iran to decide just when they are going to allow inspectors in the country to check for nuclear war-making research and development.

    We might also consider making the same announcement every time somebody takes an American citizen hostage. We would probably enhance our ability to get those people free if we'd stop dicking around with these people. The only thing they understand is overwhelming force.

  • Daniel MacDonald

    Hatred must be stopped where ever and when ever it raises its evil head. I often wonder why we insist on never being the first to use a nuclear bomb. With the current atmosphere being what it is, would dropping a small nuke out in the Iranian desert followed by an ultimatum that they openly cease all nuclear activity or we will use nukes to destroy their nuclear installations throughout the country beginning in ten days. Somehow i think it just might be the solution

  • Ghostwriter

    I've got the feeling Israel isn't going to wait forever for sanctions to work. They're going to bomb the nuclear facilities whether anyone likes or not. Iran is on record for saying that they want to wipe Israel of the map. The Israelis aren't going to wait until they can do so.

  • WilliamJamesWard

    Iranian leadership, so devilishly clever, smart by half and on their way to self destruction. After
    millions of Iranians murdered, tortured and disenfranchised by the Mullahs, the Shah can not
    be to bad and idea to resurrect. I volunteer………………………..William

  • KKKK

    good article. the tehran tyrnats wnat nothing beyond a delay in the escalation of sanctions and encourage the US to cause Israel to not strike Iran. if we dont do something soon, Iran will soon become too powerful and will attack US ("Death to America!" is the #1 rant).

  • Youssef

    What we have witnessed throughout this past year and last was a change of power, history and you can say identity, within the Arab world today. With Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, some parts of Algeria and Morocco and other Arab countries people have stood up for justice, democracy and freedom, freedom for all people in their “faith,” but has the Arab spring really brought freedom to all people or has it just come to the minority that desires religious freedom mainly other than the economy getting fixed and bringing forth a leader who will bring freedom and democracy.

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