- One Prisoner Hanged in Karaj (West of Tehran)
- Student activist Arash Mohammadi is on hunger strike
- Weekly report on Human Right Violation in Iran
- Vahid Asghari refused to appear in the court
- Akbar Amini the political activist arrested
- Behnam Ibrahimzadeh summoned to return prison
- Tehran regime will not change its way
- Rohani once approved of hiding Iran atomic work
- Israel won't accept less than total halt of Iran's nuclear enrichment
- Rowhani vows 'moderation,' but won't halt nuclear program
- Israel will do everything to prevent another Holocaust
- Iran takes key step in nuclear reactor construction
- Iran’s women discriminated against by law
- Women, Law and Sexuality in Iran
- Iranian women are second-class citizens
- Women skirt Iranian music ban with fancy dress
- Religious leaders ban 30 women from running for Iran's presidency
- Iranian cleric: Women can't be president in Iran
- Report: Iran sending 4,000 troops to aid Assad
- Syria: North Korean military 'advising Assad regime'
- Iran cuts Hamas’ funding for backing Syrian opposition
- Neighbors in Lebanese city fight Syrian proxy war
- Hezbollah takes Syria risk at Iran's behest: experts
- Iranian troops are fighting in Syria, says US
Wednesday 13 June 2012
The level of distrust between the United States and Iran is so high that it obscures what would seem to be a reasonable way of working things out on the nuclear issue.
Both sides have their grievances, but neither side has a recognition of, or even a sound perception of, what the other side's are.
For the Americans, there have been hostile actions of the Iranians that have gone unrequited: the maddening seizure of American diplomats in Iran in 1979, followed by one of the most egregious non-feats of American arms -- the abortive hostage rescue mission of 1980, which still smarts even today. Then there are the terrorist attacks against American forces in Lebanon, carried out by Iran's proxy, the Hezbollah.
On the Iranian side there is the perception that all the wrongs the country has suffered since the Anglo-American overthrow of the democratically-based Mossadegh government in 1953 are attributable to the United States, notably the exiling of Imam Khomeini in the following decade, and the "imposed" war by Iraq against Iran from 1980 to 1988, seen as being masterminded by America, including the provision of chemical weapons. There is absolutely no evidence of this, although the American failure to condemn strongly these actions, which took place toward the end of the war and likely hastened its denouement, was palpable. The American "tilt" toward Iraq is amply described and documented in James Blight et al.'s Becoming Enemies: U.S.-Iran Relations and the Iran-Iraq War, 1979-1988 (Rowman and Littlefield, 2012).
Three experts writing in Le Monde (19 April 2012, p. 19) have put forward the essence of a solution to the Iranian nuclear impasse, of which the following are the main points:
-the application by Iran of the Additional Protocol of 1993, which provides for additional information to, and intensified inspections by, the IAEA. Iran accepted this in 2003 but suspended its application in 2006
-limitation of the level of enrichment of uranium by Iran
Though military action, with its unpredictable consequences, is to be avoided
Of course, if it all turns out to be a sham in the end, and Iran is proven to be seeking a nuclear weapon, at least the game would be exposed. It is wise to remember that dissimulation in the face of a superior enemy (known as takiya), is considered to be a virtue in Iran.
Source: THE HUFFINGTON POST