An Iranian-American Perspective on Nuclear Engagement
Andrew Sullivan publishes a stirring communique from distinguished Iranian-Americans about the ongoing nuclear negotiations between Iran and the so-called p5+1 nations. The bottom line taken is that the negotiations ought to proceed, but human rights need to be a component. Check it out.
The analysis of Iranian negotiation strategy — which appears to represent a step back from the brink of confrontation — in the communique is predicated on the regime’s need for self-preservation. It wants a confrontation with the great powers that will provide a pretext for intensified internal repression and marginalization of domestic opponents. That may be why the leading figures of the opposition oppose a stricter regime of sanctions.
And I can’t help but think of what an Iranian dissident told me recently: “Do not believe anything our president says. Do not believe their claim for nuclear power to be peaceful. They have no credibility, you can not trust them, this election was proof of that. They stole our votes, and silenced our protest against them.”