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E'tedal: the Iranian People's Call for Moderation

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Will Rouhani's Election Mean Better Relations with the West?

The landslide victory of Hassan Rouhani reflects the Iranian nation's appetite for reforms, in both domestic and foreign policy. However, it does not mean that the ruling oligarchs will interpret it as a vote against themselves. On the contrary, the election outcome will be used by the regime as a basis for presenting Iran as a democratic state.

Last week, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov announced that Iran is willing to halt its program of enriching uranium to 20%, a program ostensibly intended to produce medical isotopes using the American-built Tehran reactor. Iran will instead retain its internationally recognized right under the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) to enrich uranium to 3.6% for for use in its civilian nuclear power plants.

A deal could, in fact, soon be made, along the lines of a proposal made by Russian president Vladimir Putin in 2005, under which Russia would provide the 20% enriched uranium needed for medical isotopes. In return, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) would be allowed full access to all nuclear research and processing plants within Iran. Such an arrangement would lead to a gradual lifting of sanctions imposed on the Iranian nation by the U.S. and its subservient allies in the P5+1.

The rumored deal could also include the return to Iran of Hossein Mousavian, a close ally of Rouhani when he himself was Iran's chief nuclear negotiator. Mousavian has been based at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs in Washington, where he has also been doing the rounds at Chatham House UK. He has also been associated with two Think Tanks in New York, the Carnegie Council of Ethics in International Affairs, and the International Peace Institute. Mousavian has recently co-authored an op-ed in The New York Times with geopolitical strategist Mohammad Ali Shabani, and Shabani himself contributed several articles to the Tehran-based Centre for Strategic Research, which was headed by Rouhani prior to his running for president. 

Reforms seem also to be taking place inside Iran. The Fars news agency reported that Jamal Ansari, a prosecutor based in Qazvin, north-west of Tehran, stated that "Iran will no longer be carrying out public executions" (Fars News). So, will the grotesque act of death by stoning in Iran finally be a thing of the past, together with hanging--at least in public?

These early post-election moves by the Iranian regime are no doubt a wise strategy for promoting a more positive image of the Islamic Republic around the world. They are designed, moreover, to take away every excuse for the kind of anti-Iran vitriol spewed by American hawks and Zio-Cons such as Martin Indyk and Daniel L. Byman. It was these respected analysts who contributed to "Which Path to Persia?", the 170- page compendium of imperialist warmongering drivel published four years ago to the day of this writing by the Brookings Institution. It is also time for Israel's chief cartoonist, the affectionately named "BiBi," to go back to the drawing board and come up with some more "Hasbara" to push his Likudnik lunatic agenda.

Out of Iran's population of 76 million, 52 million were born after the Islamic Revolution of 1979. Members of this young generation do not want to make the mistakes of their parents. Their spirits are high, and they are ready to take the first tentative steps toward genuine social reform in an evolutionary process designed by themselves. If the so-called "international community" is truly concerned for the wellbeing of the Iranian people, they will back off and let this process progress! Remember, the Iranians have already voted for E'tedal. Now it's time to see some moderation on both sides.   


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Taiyeb Taheri based in England's green and pleasant land. I am a student of History and Geopolitics, and my fields of interests lie in International conflict analysis and in particular how southern and central Asia will adapt to the (more...)
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