Iran Getting Set to Con the West

143022The difference between ordinary people and Western leaders is that while the former are wary of con men, the latter seem to seek them and need them. As State Department official Wendy Sherman said last week, “We know that deception is part of the [Iranians’] DNA.” It seems all the more reason for Western leaders to hurry to Geneva for the October 15-16 nuclear talks with Iranian representatives.

Chamberlain was eager to be conned by Hitler, paving the way to 60 million dead in World War II. In the early 1990s the Israeli left anointed Yasser Arafat as Israel’s peace partner even though not a single Arab leader would have believed a word out of his mouth. Israel then lived with Arafat’s terror right up to his death over a decade later.

The North Korean case was highlighted in Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s speech to the UN last week. North Korea, he noted, detonated its first nuclear device in 2006—a year after “agreeing” to give up all its nuclear activities. It remains a dangerous nuclear power to this day.

What U.S. and European leaders seek from con men is the message that there is no such thing as implacable, ideological hostility and never a need for military operations or even credible threats of them. There are no enemies out there, just grievances that can be satisfied. Everyone is ultimately reasonable and shares Western values, and the easy, luxurious life of Western elites can go on unruffled.

On Wednesday the Wall Street Journal reported that Iran was preparing proposals for the mid-October talks. They are said to include ceasing uranium enrichment to the 20% level, allowing “more intrusive” international inspections of its nuclear sites, and possibly closing down its underground enrichment site near Qom—in return for the easing of Western sanctions.

Israeli intelligence minister Yuval Steinitz called the proposals “a joke.” He pointed out that “closing the Qom facility means Iran will be able to produce five instead of six nuclear bombs in the first year, and giving up enrichment at 20% is less meaningful now that Iran has 20,000 centrifuges.”

In other words, even if Iran really did give up 20% enrichment, it now has such numerous (and such advanced) centrifuges that it could quickly and clandestinely convert part of its 3%-enriched stock to bomb-grade material.

And yet Western voices are already starting to sing in harmony with the seductive song. The Wall Street Journal article quotes a “former Western diplomat who has discussed the incentives with senior Iranian diplomats in recent weeks,” and who says “The Iranians are preparing to go to Geneva with a serious package.”

The Journal notes that:

By falling short of a complete shutdown of enrichment, the anticipated Iranian offer could divide the U.S. from its closest Middle East allies, particularly Israel, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, who have cautioned the White House against moving too quickly to improve ties with Tehran. 

The momentum, however, may once again be on the appeasers’ side. AP already reported this week on a possible thaw in British-Iranian relations, with Foreign Secretary William Hague telling the House of Commons:

It is clear that the new president and ministers in Iran are presenting themselves and their country in a much more positive way than in the recent past. There is no doubt that the tone of the meetings with them is different.

Hague added:

We must not forget for one moment that as things stand today Iran remains in defiance of six UN Security Council resolutions…and is installing more centrifuges in its nuclear facilities. In the absence of change to these policies we will continue to maintain strong sanctions.

But with an opportunity to be conned beckoning, can prudence prevail over recklessness?

That will be the question as the P5 + 1 countries and Iran convene in Geneva on Tuesday. Sunni Arab states—which are themselves part of the conning culture and can’t be conned by Iran—and Israel—which has existed in the region long enough to shed Western illusions—will be watching. It is hard to be optimistic.

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  • David

    Still a deceitful lot and hell bent on fooling us yet again.

  • clew

    It’s pretty simple. There are three truths:
    1-Iran appears to be developing nukes.
    2-Iran has repeatedly made threats against Israel and the US.
    3-In response, the US and others have placed economic sanctions on Iran.
    There is a ONE solution to the problem:
    –Since the US and Israel are the countries being threatened, the way for Iran to
    get sanctions lifted, is to remove the feeling of threat the US and Israel are getting from Iran. The way to do THAT, is to allow US and Israeli scientists to inspect any and all nuclear facilities in Iran, have them see that there is no danger, and then they can relax their guard, and relax the sanctions. (European or “international” inspectors won’t cut it, because they have no skin in the game. THEY are not the ones being threatened with nuclear destruction.)
    This inspection requirement should be the ONLY starting position for any “negotiations” with Iran. Without meaningful inspections, mere words mean nothing and are a waste of time and oxygen.

  • JemStone

    The secret of a successful con is choosing the victim. In this case they are selling an idea to people who want to believe.

  • aposematic

    What you are calling a Con is in reality a willingly promoted Partnership with the current Obuma Admin.

  • Walter Sieruk

    The”moderate” Rouhani is a fake. he is very disingenous whren he makes the claim that that he has “good intentions’ and that he wants to be “open in dealing with the West” Rouhani does know how to dissimulate in his subtle schemes for the West. To explain this in another way, according to the report from the Middle East Media Research Project[MEMRI].Form its Iran desk, its director, Ayelet Savyon, stated “Just because Iran nas a new president that hasn’t changed their goals…Their agenda hasn’t changed,the only thing that has changed is the image that they are trying to present to the world.”

  • Amin San

    I think Iran should also get aid like Israel does. Don’t you think that if they are trying to con the West like Israel, that they should be rewarded?

  • Ahriman

    “We know that deception is part of the [Iranians’] DNA.” Hahahaahahaa U.S.S. Liberty, Spanish American war, Bombing of Pearl Harbor, Veitnam Hoax, Nicargaua, Panama, Argentina. Kennedy…
    Whose DNA are deceptive? Wake the EF up my fellow Americans. You have been lied to before and are likely being lied to again by your own pathetic govern-ment (control -mind). We delivered, paid and supported the terrorist to Lybia, then we moved them to Syria via the Benghazi connection, gave them chemical weapons and are supporting them killing Christians and anyone else that is not a freak/U.S. Paid/murdering Psychopath. To believe this drivel from the U.S. and their controllers is akin to believing in the tooth ferry.
    And so what if they get nukes. How many are they going to launch before the U.S. and Russia launch their own and make a glass highway out of them. Do you really think that the leaders of any country are stupid enough to have all of their people die? I don’t care who you are, that is suicide and I don’t think that most muslims would find that acceptable seeing that they themselves would not be launching the missiles.
    By the way.. Iraq used to have the largest Christian community in the Middle East, then “came” Syria (not anymore) and now the largest Christian community is in Iran. Lybia & Egypt had the largest in Northern Africa.. not anymore.
    So WAKE UP my IGNORANT Fellow Americans! WAKE UP!!!