The Middle East is a mysterious cesspool with only one reasonably free and democratic nation, Israel. Iran now has a “moderate” Islamist President who is even less to be trusted than our own Dear Leader. It is necessary to listen very attentively, and very cynically, to what they do not say.
Here is a Trifecta video that appeared at YouTube on October 1st. It addresses the dangers inherent in negotiating with Iran — principally giving
peace continued Iranian nuclear weapons development a chance.
Israeli President Netanyahu addressed the United Nations on October 1st. I re-blogged the text of his remarks here, commenting that
This is one of the best, and probably the best addresses I have ever had the privilege of reading.
Israel is a small nation but Prime Minister Netanyahu has far more testicular fortitude than the titular leader of a far bigger and more powerful nation, President Obama. This part of the PM’s address stood out:
I want there to be no confusion on this point. Israel will not allow Iran to get nuclear weapons. If Israel is forced to stand alone, Israel will stand alone. Yet, in standing alone, Israel will know that we will be defending many, many others.
PM Netanyahu said many other things well worth reading, understanding and repeating. Please read the whole thing.
Unlike Presidents Obama and Rouhani, PM Netanyahu often says what he means and means what he says. It would be great if President Obama were to deliver such an address, saying what he means and meaning what He says, directed at our national enemies — principally
Islamist barbarians devotees of The Religion of Peace who despise Christians, Jews and our culture while seeking to establish a worldwide Islamic caliphate. Instead, he rails mendaciously at His domestic enemies such as the conservative racist terrorists who out of sheer pique at His great ObamaCare successes made the Government shut down slow down slightly.
To his credit, President Obama appears to have taken PM Netanyahu’s UN address in stride, sort of. He stated that He will insist on verification of Iranian compliance with any agreement that is reached. That’s nice, but do He and his advisers understand enough about Iranian nuclear developments and intentions to propose, let alone to reach, a verifiable and enforceable agreement? Lacking such understandings, how could an agreement — verification of which would disclose what Iran has been, and still is, up to — be reached or even proposed, let alone be enforced?
Iran has long “mushroomed” the “international community” concerning its nuclear capabilities and intentions. Having a new “moderate” President wage a Charm
in offensive provides no basis for comfort that the mushrooming has ceased or will do so. As observed in my linked post,
Iranian President Rouhani is not soft. If he gets what he and his master in Tehran want, more than merely truck loads of Charmin will be needed to clean up the mess. Their charm
intactics depend on their ability to con President Obama and much of the rest of the allegedly free world into thinkingbelieving that President Rouhani is a “moderate” and will, therefore, join in negotiating a “win – win” agreement in good faith.
Talk little and listen very carefully.
Obviously, the United States needs to talk with Iran and to listen very carefully and very cynically to what is said — and of greater significance to what is not said. What is not said, and what is avoided by mumbling or outright deception, can be far more important to understanding what is intended, and what is not.
The German chief of intelligence during much of World War II, Admiral Canaris, seems to have been very good at paying close attention to what was left unsaid. He was also quite good at leaving things unsaid.
Perhaps of no particular relevance beyond illustrating Canaris’ skill at intelligence work and strong character, he was active in various plots to assassinate or otherwise depose Hitler early on and, as best he could, he tried to thwart some of Hitler’s worst atrocities. His skill was such that he was not caught until 1944. He was then imprisoned under extremely degrading circumstances. On April 9, 1945, at Hitler’s order, Canaris was marched naked to a gallows where he was hung.
In the closing days of World War II, in the gray morning hours of April 9, 1945, gallows were erected hastily in the courtyard. Wilhelm Canaris, pastor Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Major General Hans Oster, Judge Advocate General Carl Sack, Captain Ludwig Gehre – all were ordered to remove their clothing and were led down the steps under the trees to the secluded place of execution before hooting SS guards. Naked under the scaffold, they knelt for the last time to pray – they were hanged, their corpses left to rot.
Two weeks later the camp was liberated by American troops – on 23 April 1945.
Canaris died for his principles and his nation. I hope that his concept of being attentive to what is not said did not die with him.
Now back to President Rouhani and Iran
Our negotiators need to listen very attentively to what is not said. They need to make no commitments until Iran’s actual, as distinguished from obfuscated, capabilities and intentions are known. If full and accurate information is obtained red lines, capable of enforcement, should be drawn; should they be breached, they should be enforced vigorously and promptly. If such information is obtained and understood, it seems quite likely that no agreement will reached. However, not having an agreement under which Iran can continue to mushroom the civilized world while pursuing its nuclear ambitions will be far better than having an agreement permitting Iran to continue doing so.