The U.S. is negotiating with a rogue nation, Iran, in exchange for terrorist cooperation. There are two headlines here, each saying the same thing only differently. There is a sliding scale in foreign policy that results in compromise without capitulation. Here is what this means.
The U.S. and Iran have choices:
- Iran continues to develop nuclear weapons and the U.S. eventually bombs Iran
- Iran continues to develop nuclear weapons and the U.S. and allies sanction and isolate Iran
- Iran cooperates and agrees to nuclear supervision and the U.S. and allies gain Iran’s cooperation in the fight against terrorism, and maybe some sanction relief is granted too
At the end of the day, Iran remains what it is, a rogue nation that is an Islamic theocracy which denies people of freedom, liberty, equality and justice by free world standards. Iran is not a “trusted partner” but is a tolerated bad neighbor.
President Rouhani hasn’t the power to transform his country if he wanted to as he is subordinated to ruthless clerics. Iranian citizens who might want the path to freedom are blocked by the ideology-driven government structure.
In the environment that is the “Arab spring” turned to the Arab long seasons for change and improvement the cries and whispers for liberty and freedom can be heard in distant places, penetrating barriers.
In the instance of Iran, the war against ISIS (Islamic State) positions Iran on the same side of the U.S. and free world allies for the moment. However, if the result is to empower radical Shiites over radical Sunnis, than the outcome is a failure. The end state is democratic pluralistic societies that engage representatives from entire communities and where minorities are protected equally under law.
Equal protection under the law will never be possible in Islamic led governments. Only when sovereign identity becomes separate and distinct from religious beliefs will that be possible.
“US considers softening demands on Iran nuke deal, report says
Published September 26, 2014
The United States is considering softening demands that Iran scales back its uranium enrichment program, instead agreeing to a new proposal that would allow Tehran to keep almost half of the program intact, diplomats say.
The initiative, reported late Thursday by The Associated Press, comes as Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has sought to leverage the crisis in the Middle East to ease sanctions on his country as part of nuclear talks, suggesting in a United Nations address that security cooperation between Iran and other countries could only occur if they struck a favorable nuclear deal.
While focusing in large part on Islamic extremists in the region, Rouhani made clear Iran’s cooperation in addressing these threats hinges on the outcome of ongoing nuclear talks – as he once again urged other nations to drop what he described as “excessive demands.”
The U.S., fearing Tehran may enrich to weapons-grade level used to arm nuclear warheads, ideally wants no more than 1,500 centrifuges left operating. Iran insists it wants to use the technology only to make reactor fuel and for other peaceful purposes and insists it be allowed to run at least the present 9,400 machines.
The tentative new U.S. offer attempts to meet the Iranians close to half way on numbers, diplomats told The Associated Press. They said it envisages letting Iran keep up to 4,500 centrifuges but would reduce the stock of uranium gas fed into the machines to the point where it would take more than a year of enriching to create enough material for a nuclear warhead.
That, they said, would give the international community enough lead time to react to any such attempt.
Rouhani said a deal could mark the “beginning of multilateral cooperation” and allow for “greater focus on some very important regional issues such as combating violence and extremism.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.”