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General News    H2'ed 8/4/09

Confusion in dealing with Iran

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There is an effort on the way to get Iranian government involved in some kind of negotiation which would lead into a verifiable control of Iran's nuclear program.

However, it appears that the great diplomats are missing the point again. Let's examine a couple of news briefs.

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1) The Carrot

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European company may invest $4 billion in Iran's Lavan gas field:

TEHRAN, Aug. 3 (Mehr News Agency) -- Iranian Off shore Oil Company Managing Director Mahmoud Zirakchianzadeh has announced that the IOOC is negotiating with a European company that is interested in investing over $4 billion to produce liquefied natural gas at the Lavan gas field.

"The European company has presented its detailed proposal," he told the Mehr News Agency here on Monday. Zirakchianzadeh stated that if the plan is approved, "the LNG produced at this field will be exported to Europe." The IOOC has estimated that an investment of about $4 billion is required to expand activities at the Lavan gas field, he added. Payvand News - 08/03/09

2) The Stick

U.S. Weighs Iran Sanctions if Talks Are Rejected:

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The Obama administration is talking with allies and Congress about the possibility of imposing a stringent economic sanction against Iran if it fails to respond to President Obama's offer to negotiate on its nuclear program: cutting off the country's imports of gasoline and other refined oil products.

The option of acting against companies around the world that supply Iran with 40 percent of its gasoline has been broached with European allies and Israel, officials from those countries said. Legislation that would give Mr. Obama that authority already has 71 sponsors in the Senate and similar legislation is expected to sail through the House.

In a visit to Israel last week, Mr. Obama's national security adviser, James L. Jones, mentioned the prospect to Israeli officials, they said. The White House refused Sunday to confirm or deny the contents of Mr. Jones's discussions. But other administration officials said that they believed his goal was to reinforce Mr. Obama's argument that the Israeli government should stop dropping hints about conducting a military attack against Iran's nuclear facilities if no progress is made this year, and to give the administration time to impose what Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton calls "crippling sanctions" that might force Iran to negotiate.

By DAVID E. SANGER , the New York Times

what is wrong with this plan?

1) Iranian government has announced that they are very well aware of the Carrot and stick policy and they do not Like it .They do not want to be treated like a donkey (bad insult in Persian).

2) After all of the talks and threats of war, it would be impossible for Khamenehee

to back off and stop the nuclear program. Therefore, the US has to put the most

stringent type of sanctions on Iran

3) Iran has lived under sanctions and embargos for thirty three years. They

believe that the sanctions were the best thing that ever happened to Iran.

Before the sanctions Iran was totally dependent on other countries for every thing,

and any thing, from wheat to high tech weapons. The sanctions forced them

to become independent in all of those areas.

4) The sanctions gave the hardliners in Iran the tools to prove to their constituents that the evil people of the west do not want Iranians to succeed, and that every thing which goes wrong in Iran is because of the "Great Satan".

What would have a better chance of success?

Rather than ganging up on Iran, we should side with the people of Iran and their

legitimate objections about the recent elections and the murder of innocent people in

the streets .We should unanimously denounce the cheating in the elections and totally

refuse to accept the legitimacy of Ahmadinejad, s government.

Then, we should cut off all political relations with Iranian government, and stop all . trade with Iran.

Through the International court prosecute Khamenehee, Ahmadinejad, the

Leaders of the revolutionary guards and the bassij militia for crimes against humanity and crimes against the people of Iran.

When an action is taken against Iranian government in support of Iranian people, it has much more legitimacy and carries much more power than when the main concern is the security of other countries.


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