March 25, 2012 · 0 Comments
By Eugene Schulman:
Roger Cohen has an Op-Ed piece in the NYT (March 23) entitled “False Iran Debate,” in which he states that we are misreading the problems which might lead to war between Israel/US and Iran.
He begins by criticizing Jeffrey Goldberg’s turn around in articles published in 2011, first in the Atlantic, followed by a piece for Bloomberg.
Cohen’s own expertise is supported by “five weeks spent there on two visits in 2009 and close observation since.”
Well, of course that would give him a sense of Iran’s psychology!
I’ve been living in Switzerland for over forty years, and I don’t yet have a full sense of this country’s psychology.
Anyhow, Cohen’s premise about Iran’s nuclear program – that they are going for a bomb in order to push for regional influence – seems to belie the facts.
There is no evidence that Iran’s nuclear program is for anything other than energy.
All major intelligent services, including inspections by the IAEA, have established that Iran does not seek to build a bomb, or can’t yet build one.
His comparison of today’s Iranian nuclear program to Mossadegh’s nationalization of the oil industry holds water only in that the US/Israel coalition is today’s equivalent of the British/US back then.
And the goal is the same; regime change.
He mentions that talks between Iran and the United States, Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany are to begin again (?) in April.
When before have there been any negotiations? All I’ve ever heard about is demands, reinforced by sanctions.
As far back as I can remember, Iran has been asking to negotiate, but has regularly been turned down by the aforementioned Western powers.
Asking the Islamic Republic to open itself to the West is like asking Joe Louis to open himself up to Max Schmeling’s punches.
The West is just waiting for an opening for the knockout punch.