No Negotiation with the Islamic Republic of Iran

We no longer have any choice. We can no longer engage in the same old practices to deal with the massive and debilitating threats that humanity faces. We must band together and pool our resources to meet the challenges. Our planet’s problems are no longer local problems that parochial thinking and practices can address successfully. We cannot squander even an ounce of our sorely needed energy in petty squabbles and personal fights.

Unlike anything encountered in recent memory, the formidably complex and unique situation present in today’s world poses an enormous challenge. It defies any conventional solution, and simply resorting to civil disobedience is the equivalent of fighting off a pack of hungry and blood-thirsty wolves with toothpicks!

The Western leaders and, in particular, President Biden, must know that the Islamic Republic-selected president, Ebrahim Raisi, and his ilk are not interested in any substantial negotiation, any compromise, or a live-and-let-live policy. President Biden should reconsider his good faith gesture of opening dialogue with this brutal, inhumane, and illegitimate Islamic government. The Islamic Republic has no respect for the olive branches being extended to it by the Biden administration; it continues with full speed ahead in its quest for nuclear weaponry — and the power to intimidate the region and the entire world.

The best predictor of the future is the past. The religious fanatic mullahs’ record is one of deception, dissimulation, treachery, violence, and much more. These Quran-trained and directed agents of a wrathful Allah can never be trusted. They are master schemers. They have been in the business of scheming for centuries. They have perfected the art of deception, double talk, double-dealing, and treachery.

The Western world must rid itself of the “happy talk” as we tranquilize ourselves by reasoning that these doddering old-world religious fools may be mischievous but could never do real harm. Oh, sure, they might be arming some Iraqi Shiites, killing a few. U.S. soldiers, provide a little support for Hezbollah in Lebanon and Hamas terrorists in Palestine, building several bases in South America and Africa, murdering Iranian people, and calling for the eradication of Israel—but they have no global destructive capacity. After all, we pacify ourselves that we’re not exactly talking about criminal masterminds like Hitler, or are we?

I do not claim to have all the answers but have a fair idea of where to begin. It is high time to realize that we are not dealing with the same social factors or even the same people of three decades ago. We need to collaborate on this effort and invite others who can contribute to this cause without placing personal fame and secondary gains ahead of the ultimate goal of re-educating, rebuilding, and liberating Iran.

What we should envision is a secular Iran that will allow the seeds of our ancient wisdom and goodness to grow and flourish again through our art, music, poetry, and social dynamics. The U.S. has, in secular Iranians, its best friends in the entire Islamic world. It is imperative for the U.S. to help these Iranians to dislodge the vicious doomsday Mullahs, not as an act of altruism, but as a prudent measure of enlightened self-interest.

“The negotiators who apply the above principles can reach an agreement—but they may not. Even the above guidelines are no guarantee of productive contacts. As noted, both Americans and Iranians too often arrive at the negotiating table burdened with preconceptions, grievances, ignorance, resentment, and the opinion—based on a special reading of history—that the other side is deceptive, infinitely crafty, and will, in the end, reveal its true nature in hostility, treachery, and lies. The first thing to do is to define carefully.”

Freedom may suffer retreats periodically and tyranny may advance occasionally. Yet, free people everywhere will meet any challenge and pay any price to safeguard the precious treasure of freedom for themselves and the finest bequeath they can leave for the next generation.

©Amil Imani. All rights reserved.

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