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July 16, 2006

Has Iran Blinked?

Topics: Iran

rabbit _in_hat.gifCaptain Ed suggests that yesterday's vote in the UN Security Council may have made an impression on Iran. Apparently, Ahmadinejad's government has agreed to negotiate with the West on the basis of the incentive package proposed earlier and for which Condoleezza Rice wanted an answer last Wednesday. So has Iran stopped believing their own press releases and recognized it's time for them to negotiate and get the best deal they can?

As much as I respect Captain Ed's opinion, I have to differ with him on the likelihood of Iran having a change of heart. Iran's history of cheat and deceit has laid a clear pattern of their expertise at taqiyya. All one has to do is look at the statement made by Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman, Hamid Reza Asefi, when he declared that the unchanged P5+1 offer is now deemed an "acceptable basis" for negotiations. Asefi clearly said, "We consider this package an appropriate basis, an acceptable basis. Now is an appropriate opportunity for Iran and Europe to enter detailed negotiations."

So what is it that Iran wants to negotiate? As Graham Allison said in The Daily Times: "'Taqiyya' is an important concept in Shia Islam, which translated means "concealing or disguising one's beliefs, convictions, ideas, feelings, opinions, or strategies at a time of eminent danger, whether now or later in time, to save oneself from physical or mental injury". Some commentators call this "diplomacy". In negotiating with Iran, the US and its allies should be wary of the conjurer's trick: distracting the viewer with one hand while the other pulls a rabbit from a hat.""

The only blinking going on is our own double take at yet another incredible stall by Iran, and the UN's soon-to-be falling for yet another Iranian hat trick.

Posted by Richard at July 16, 2006 3:30 PM

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