Two Decades of “Negotiations” and “Talks” with Iran

Majid Rafizadeh, an Iranian-American political scientist and scholar, is president of the International American Council and serves on the board of the Harvard International Review at Harvard University. Rafizadeh is also a senior fellow at the Nonviolence International Organization based in Washington, DC and is a member of the Gulf project at Columbia University. He can be reached at rafizadeh@fas.harvard.edu. Follow Rafizadeh at @majidrafizadeh.


0,,17159092_303,00The two-day nuclear talks between Iran and the West, which are the first formal negotiations since the election of Hassan Rouhani, the Iranian president, resumed this week in Geneva. The talks in Geneva, which were held on Tuesday and Wednesday, involved representatives of Iran (primarily  Including  Javad Zarif, Iran’s foreign minister and Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi) and the permanent members of the United Nations Security Council, plus Germany – the so-called “P5+1″ group — Britain, China, France, Russia and the United States plus Germany.

The predominant mainstream and liberal media — which has abandoned professional and nuanced journalism and analysis when it comes to its coverage on US foreign policy towards the Islamic Republic of Iran — has naively projected a “positive” result of meeting with the Iranian nuclear team, showing trust towards the Islamic Republic of Iran’s nuclear enrichment, and revealing assurance of the advancment in the nuclear negotiations. In that regards, the coverage of these two-days talks have been very shallow and rudimentary.

Even the Obama administration’s delegation and the European representatives issued remarks that showed their satisfaction with the path that the Islamist leaders are taking in Tehran regarding spinning centrifuges and enriching uranium.

The US delegate and European representatives were pleased and contend with the presentation of the shrewd Iranian foreign minister, Javad Zarif, who used the English language and power points to outline Tehran’s classic position through his presentation titled “Closing an unnecessary crisis: Opening new horizons.”  He insisted that Iran has the right to enrich uranium.

According to Reuters news, a senior State Department official said on condition of anonymity “The discussion was useful, and we look forward to continuing our discussions in tomorrow’s meetings with the full P5+1 (six powers) and Iran” several Western diplomats and representatives including a US State department official and Michael Mann, a spokesman for Catherine Ashton, the European Union’s top foreign policy official and the lead negotiator in the talks with Iran, pointed out that the Iranian proposal had been “very useful…. For the first time, very detailed technical discussions continued this afternoon.”

Without doubt, the Iranian Islamist and radical clerics and Ayatollah view this as scoring a significant victory against the West and Israel. Iranian leaders are probably even astonished at how easily it was to delude the West- with some nice words, exchanges of pleasantries, presenting a power point in the English language, and using a softer tone. What the leaders and the Ayatollahs of Islamic Republic of Iran really needs and are anxious bout, is one thing: Buy a little bit more time. Iranian leader are very anxious to have a year or less than year more time to achieve their hegemonic dream.

They have been very successful at achieving this method for over a decade since their clandestine nuclear activities in cities of Natanz and Arak were revelead by a Iranian oppositional group based outside the Islamic Republic of Iran. The meetings this week definitely indicated that Obama’s administration and European Union leaders are more than willing to buy the argument of the Islamic Republic of Iran to do more negotiations and more talks, and to give Tehran want it desires. They have been doing these talks and negotiations for 14 years and no result have been yielded. However, for the theocratic and Islamist leaders of the Islamic Republic of Iran, many crucial  outcomes have resulted since they started playing around with the negotiations and talks -over its nuclear clandestine activities- with United States and the West 14 years ago.

First of all, by being able to buy time and delude the West, International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and the West, the Ayatollahs, Islamists, Imams and clerics in the Islamic Republic of Iran have been capable of reaching a 20 percent of Uranium which is considered to be a relatively technical short step from obtaining weapons-grade material and arms. Secondly, only in the last year, Iran’s nuclear abilities have advanced considerably in comparison to 2011-2012.  The Islamic Republic of Iran has increased thousands of advanced centrifuges which are continuing to spin as well as more Iranian engineers have been added to work on a plant that will produce plutonium. Increasingly number of  nuclear experts points out that Tehran is short step from having the capacity to quickly produce a nuclear weapon.

The almost two-decades of negotiations, dialogues, sanctions, exchanges of nice words and pleasantries, sending letters to the Supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, and nicely requesting the Islamic  Republic of Iran to slow down or halt its nuclear activities, have not yielded any constructive result. The Iranian regime is getting more and more fundamental, Islamist, abusing minorities, human rights, and threatening other states.

On the other hand, what is more intriguing, puzzling, mind boggling, and enigmatic is that  the  Obama’s administration and the European allies have not learned anything or acquired any experience from the years of failure to diplomatically and “kindly” requesting the Islamic Republic of Iran to slow down, halt its nuclear program, or become more transparent.

Finally, and more fundamentally, the only phenemonon that the Iranian Aytollahs and Islamist are anxious about is having a little bit more time  in order to culminate their over-a-decade of secrecy and clandestine nuclear work into concrete nuclear weapons and bombs and in order to transfer the 20 percent enriched uranium into nuclear warheads. This goal does not seem to be far anymore to achieve.

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  • Mladen_Andrijasevic

    It is scary to watch the implementation of Obama’s shameful appeasement policies towards Iran. You just need to have read Churchill’s The Gathering Storm to see how eerily similar the arguments were then as they are now. But then, Obama returned Churchill’s bust to Britain so the probability that he read the book is almost nil.

    This is really becoming the case of the frog in warm/hot water. Every few weeks between rounds of nuclear talks the temperature goes up a few degrees. The time has come to jump out of the water or get boiled i.e. incinerated in a nuclear war. The only country which will jump out of the water will be Israel.

    How is it that that the rest of the world does not see what Israel sees? How come they do not see that they too will be the target of a nuclear-armed Iran? How come the Europeans, especially the Brits, seem to have forgotten their own history of appeasement and where it brought them to in the 1930s? Why don’t Americans care that their president is a supporter of the Muslim Brotherhood? Why don’t American Jews care that their president supports the Muslim Brotherhood? Why are so many people indifferent to the absurd appeasement policies of their governments, policies which will impact their lives… and worse, get them killed?

    The answer, of course, is in what Churchill called the confirmed unteachability of mankind. “Want of foresight, unwillingness to act when action would be simple and effective, lack of clear thinking, confusion of counsel until the emergency comes, until self-preservation strikes its jarring gong “

    Israel is different. Israel has been the front line on the bloody borders of Islam, both Sunni and Shi’a, in the clash of civilizations, for some time now. Most Israelis have not read Samuel Huntington, Bernard Lewis, nor Winston Churchill. Their insight is purely empirical. But it makes them see where others are blind.

    That is why Israel’s message to the world is – we are not going to get killed because of your stupidity and indifference. We will act. We have no other choice except the choice to defend ourselves or be incinerated.

    As we wait for Israel to strike the Iranian nuclear sites…
    http://www.madisdead.blogspot.co.il/2013/10/as-we-wait-for-israel-to-strike-iranian.html

    • ObamaYoMoma

      It is scary to watch the implementation of Obama’s shameful appeasement policies towards Iran. You just need to have read Churchill’s The Gathering Storm to see how eerily similar the arguments were then as they are now. But then, Obama returned Churchill’s bust to Britain so the probability that he read the book is almost nil.

      It’s not only Obama, as the Bush policy was also equally as lame and it was worse under Bush, since Iran was killing our soldiers in Iraq with total and complete impunity. Both political parties in America are two sides of the same leftwing coin, and just like Detroit went downhill once the Left acquired a total and complete monopoly, the USA is rapidly heading downhill under those very same circumstances.

      How is it that that the rest of the world does not see what Israel sees?

      It’s because the rest of the world is dominated by leftwing politics.

  • ObamaYoMoma

    Despite the false narrative of both Dhimmicrats and Republicans, the sole fundamental purpose of Islam is the subjugation into Islamic totalitarianism of all religions and all infidels through both violent and non-violent jihad and the eventual imposition of Sharia, which is Islamic totalitarian law. It doesn’t matter how much we negotiate with Jihadists, as they will always use such events to wage stealth and deceptive non-violent jihad, i.e., taqiyya, as we have seen in the case of Israel and as we have seen with respect to Iranian nuclear weapons.

    By the way, Pakistan’s nukes are not only for deterring India, which is nonsense because India doesn’t threaten any of its neighbors unlike all surrounding Islamic countries, but also because Muslims are under obligation to subjugate into Islamic totalitarianism all religions and all infidels via jihad and the eventual imposition of Sharia.

    Thus, there is only one way to stop Muslims from acquiring nuclear weapons, and that is brute military force or the threat there of. Muslims don’t understand anything else. Indeed, they are like programmed robots in pursuit of Islam’s sole fundamental goal, which is Islamic supremacy throughout the world.

    • Ahmad7

      Israel have more than 200 nuclear warheads and it has not sogned the NPT; why no one talks about this zionist double standards??

      • ObamaYoMoma

        Israel have more than 200 nuclear warheads and it has not sogned the NPT; why no one talks about this zionist double standards??

        Simple. It’s because Israel is a Western infidel democracy and Western infidel democracies only maintain weapons for self-defense. Meanwhile, Muslims, on the other hand, must not be allowed to ever get their grubby hands on nuclear weapons because the sole fundamental purpose of Islam is the subjugation into Islamic totalitarianism of all religions and all infidels through jihad and the eventual imposition of Sharia, which is Islamic totalitarian law, in order to make Islam supreme throughout the world.

        Indeed, the notion that India represents an existential threat to Pakistan and therefore justifies their acquisition of nukes is a very bad joke, as India is a Westernized infidel democracy and also doesn’t represent a threat to anyone or anything. Again, India’s possession of nukes is for self-defensive purposes also, since like Israel the Islamic world is also waging a perpetual jihad against India.

        Anymore questions Ahmad7. I’ll be happy to answer them for you.

        • Ahmad7

          I wonder then who hasso far used nuclear weapons??????

          • ObamaYoMoma

            The USA in WWII in self-defense. As a matter of fact, it not only shortened the war, but it saved hundreds of thousands and possibly even millions of lives. But what does that have to do with the fact that Muslims are waging jihad against all religions and all infidels in order to subjugate them into Islamic totalitarianism via the imposition of Sharia, which is Islamic totalitarian law, in order to make Islam supreme around the world?

  • Ahmad7

    Israel have more than 200 nuclear warheads and it has not sogned the NPT; why no one talks about this zionist double standards?

    • iluvisrael

      Because it isn’t Israel who’s threatening to wipe any countries off the map you inbred moron.

  • Flowerknife_us

    Obama Flushed it all down the Toilet several years ago.

  • Walter Sieruk

    Even the idea of having any kind of constructive dialogue with the officals of Rouhani, Ayatollah Khameni and the mullahs who have supreme power in Iran is both foolishness and folly. At its very best it’s an act of extreme futility. This is because those in supreme power have their own kind of Islamic aganda about going nuclear and will not listen to reason. For it’s impossible to reason with religious fanatics, and religious fanitics they are. In their Islamic religious delusion the actually believe that they have the right to obtain and use W.M.D.. in any “negotiations’” they will try to get as much sanctions lifted as possible. Not o make life more easy for the Iranian people but that they get as materials as they can to make W.M.D. Thus in any so called “talks” they will be very disingenous and will dissimulate. They will speak the truth only when it happens to suite them. The rest of the time they will be lying and saying half -truths.
    To put this in another way, Thomas Jefferson had explained just how things really are in the world when he stated “An enemy generally says and believes what he wishes.”

  • therealpm

    The only result of these two decades of talks is that Iran is now two decades nearer to developing a nuclear weapon. The talks are just used as an excuse to avoid doing what is really required; taking decisive action to prevent Iran from achieving this goal.