Following up instantly on my thought about Turkey as a neutral guarantor of everyone’s honesty in the delicate negotiations over Western reprocessing of Iranian uranium, El Baradei has proposed the idea only to have Iranian media immediately throw cold water on it, leaving Erdogan just a bit humiliated. That is no way to treat a new friend.
IAEA chief El Baradei’s trial balloon about
The semi-official Iranian PressTV news service quoted an “anonymous” source as coldly observing:
It seems the IAEA chief is trying to take advantage of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's visit to
to gain media coverage on a closed issue. Turkey
If that represents the official
Alaeddin Boroujerdi, Parliament National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Chief, suggested some flexibility in Iran’s approach, though without reference to
If we cannot buy 20 percent enriched uranium to supply
’s reactor fuel, we could accept exchange in limited amount provided that we receive 20 percent enriched uranium in advance. Tehran
A detailed Tehran Times review of the uranium exchange issue emphasized that
Turkish leaders have been pouring into
As long as
Iranian decision-makers must judge two issues to determine how to preserve Iranian national security:
- Can they trust the West enough to compromise?
actually launch an unprovoked nuclear war of aggression? Israel
Leaving aside all the many issues of psychology, misinformation, cultural blinders, and factional politics, let’s just look at some facts that
is already conducting a highly public economic war against Washington with its sanctions. Iran has refused further compromise even though negotiations are continuing. Washington has warned that its patience is limited. Washington
’s Deputy Foreign Minister has just stated that Israel is not bluffing in threatening to start a war. Israel
- Western media report that
is in the midst of a war of murder to undermine Israel ’s nuclear research; Israeli media coverage of these reports does nothing to undermine confidence in their veracity. Iran
- The Jerusalem Post, in its coverage of the issue, quoted right wing extremist John
Boltonas noting that has “done so in the past,” noting that Israel “undertook the very important operation, in September 2007, to destroy the North Korean nuclear reactor in Israel .” The Post also referred to a recent Israeli book claiming that Syria was sabotaging Iranian research. Israel
To trust an opponent that is refusing to compromise, warning that it is capable of starting a war, already conducting an economic war, and allegedly also already conducting a war of sabotage and murder would take a lot of faith. This leaves Tehran in a serious predicament: if Tehran cannot trust the West to compromise but must take seriously Western threats of attack, then what choice does Tehran have? It can rationally neither compromise nor continue its defiance!