P5+1 negotiations with Iran
Diplomatic negotiations between the P5+1 and Iran resume today in Vienna.
To say these talks are crucial for world peace and avoidance of an unnecessary catastrophic war can not be overstated.
A six month temporary agreement was reached in November that has Iran halting its enrichment of uranium to high levels and reducing its stockpile of near weapons grade uranium in exchange for lifting some economic sanctions and access to $4.2 billion in Iranian cash frozen in foreign banks.
Yet complications not connected with the direct talks have arisen jeopardizing the chances a permanent deal can be reached.
In December, the U.S. Senate, in a particularly misguided bi-partisan effort, had 14 Democrats and 13 Republicans introducing legislation for more sanctions on Iran.
President Obama has vowed to veto such a bill and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has thus far decided to table the bill preventing a full vote by the full Senate. Such a vote could present a veto proof majority, overriding a presidential veto with the new sanctions being the death blow undermining the talks.
It is possible as a direct consequence to the Senate's proclivities Ayatollah Khamenei in a speech yesterday in Tehran said, "The negotiations will lead nowhere". Though he indicated, "Iran will not breach what it has started" as he would continue to support the negotiated effort even though he believed they would not be successful.
The West, particularly the U.S. -- and its surrogate Israel- have been obsessed with the possibility of Iran breaking out and developing a nuclear weapon. Iran has maintained its nuclear development is for peaceful purposes while Khamenei has issued a "Fatwa" years ago declaring nuclear weapons as un-Islamic and forcefully rejected the notion Iran would proceed on such a course.
But his words have gone underreported in the U.S. corporate media and dismissed out of hand.
Meanwhile the U.S. Congress remains firmly under the thumb of AIPAC and the Israeli Lobby as evidenced by the new sanctions bill introduced in the Senate. That misguided effort tells Iran negotiations are fruitless and the U.S. will continue its war like hostility while squeezing that country economically.
Should these negotiations be crippled, this would be a strategic blunder by the U.S., strengthening the hand of the Iranian hardliners who have been dead said against these negotiations with the "Great Satan" from the outset.
And if these talks with Iran unravel, could war be avoided?
To contemplate such a catastrophe should be seen as the height of arrogant stupidity.
Consider; Iran as a signee to the nuclear non proliferation treaty has a legal right to develop a peaceful nuclear program. It is a matter of national pride and retaining that right is non-negotiable. It has complied in all phases of the temporary agreement reached in November.