That’s right, ya suckers. ‘Fool me once, shame on you…yada, yada…’ (Cue the Dubya gaffe; same day, different actors)
The Christian Science Monitor is reporting that the P5+1 pulled the rug from under any hopes that Saeed Jalil and Yukiya Amano had announced only two days ago that an accord could be reached over Iranian nuclear issues.
The P5=1 Offer:
“Ms. Ashton, speaking on behalf of the P5+1 group (the United States, Russia, China, Britain, France, and Germany) laid out the proposal to Iran’s chief negotiator Saeed Jalili in the first session of the talks in Baghdad today.
The P5+1 offer requires Iran to comply with UN Security Council resolutions and “immediately” halt uranium enrichment to 20 percent – a level not technically far from weapons-grade of 90 percent – and to ship its stockpile out of the country, according to the Iranian diplomat.
“We are ready to have a compromise on that [20 percent enrichment], as long as it is a step-by-step process,” says the diplomat.
But suspending all enrichment – including the lowest levels for reactor fuel – is a red line that Iran says it will never accept. Officials frequently cite Iran’s “right” to enrich as a signatory of the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT).
The P5+1 offer also wants Iran to shut down its Fordow enrichment facility, which is buried under a mountain and is under safeguard by United Nations nuclear agency inspectors, but impregnable from US or Israeli attack. Iran’s state-run IRNA news agency called the package “outdated, not comprehensive, and unbalanced.”
And what carrots do the representatives of The Most Powerful Nations in the World offer in exchange? Er…well..no relief on sanctions whatsoever, neither those that have targeted Iran’s central bank, SWIFT access, and exports of oil.
An unnamed Iranian diplomat was quoted as saying:
“This is what we were afraid of. No one is going to accept these things this way. The 20 percent and shutting down Fordow, in return for nothing? Nothing?”
Yeah, ‘such a deal’, as Mr. wendydavis said after I fumed and ranted over it this mornin’. Just like our American Indian policy has always been: “You do what we say: this is our land now, ya lousy heathens. You sign treaties so we’ll stop killing you; THEN we’ll break the treaties…and kill more of you and keep our land. Got it?”
All of which again proves that The Powers don’t want to make a deal; they’re after regime change and total capitulation, OR ELSE. And it seems we know what the OR ELSE is.
We all remember the deal that Turkey and Brazil had arranged a couple years ago after having okayed the diplomatic efforts. But oopsie, once there was a step toward a materiel swap solution, the Hillary Hawk pulled the rug outta that jig quick. Thanks, Hill; we know where your heart really lies. (If you’re interested, I ran into this correspondence between President Lula and Obama over the issue.)
So it was no surprise that another Iranian official pretty much said, ‘why bother coming back for more talks? Unless ya sweeten the pot, screw it’.
But, Lady Catherine Ashton’s spokesman said, in effect: ‘Oh, they might come back once more draconian sanctions are in place in July’.
Yeah, don’t look now, but hardly any Democrats voted against this next round of sanctions and threats to Iran. Wow; how ironic. Haven’t we been down this road before with ‘peace-loving Dems’?
It’s a Beautiful World, isn’t it? But not for you or me.