Whose lies are less offensive — Iran's or America's? We expect Iran to lie, but hope our president will not.
CHARLOTTE, N.C., July 21, 2015 — Watching the Iranian nuclear arms drama play out is an exercise in the surreal. There’s a sensation that at any minute the director will shout, “That’s a wrap,” and the lights will go off, everyone will stand up, shake hands and the show will be over.
For the global community, it seems the only way to get to the truth is to figure out who is lying the least. It’s a tall order. For the West under President Obama, lying is just a game, an art form. In the Middle East, it is a way of life. Either way the world loses.
On Monday, the United Nations Security Council took a vote and came up with the tennis score of 15-love: Net gain to Iran as Resolution 2231 endorsed the nuclear arms agreement.
Already both sides are disputing the provisions of the Vienna accords. The old idiom says “the devil is in the details.” However, it’s a given that negotiations between lying professional politicians and professional liars can only mean there will be plenty of “devils” among those details.
Iran says one thing, the United States and the West say another. Surprise, surprise.
According to Breitbart News, Alan Dershowitz believes“there may not have been a ‘meeting of the minds’ on the Iran deal at all.” In other words, after the negotiators had visited all the coffee shops they could tolerate in Vienna, they just packed up and went home while claiming there was some sort of agreement.
That is an absurd, simplistic conclusion, of course, but the aftermath of the negotiations does present the world with the uneasy sense that the entire process was all one big game of charades played out for an international audience by a bunch of bad actors.
For the moment, the specifics of the disagreements over the agreement have little meaning because there was no doubt that disputes would ensue following the announcement of a deal.
That was as predictable as the 15-0 vote by the U.N., because the entire purpose of the exercise was to demonstrate to the world that peaceful negotiations with the Middle East could achieve better results than military confrontation. The U.N. vote was, therefore, nothing more than the acceptance of one major item on a global “bucket list.”
The arguments are moot. Obama et al will continue to endorse their product while Iran will defiantly maintain they aren’t buying.
It is all a fool’s errand, carried out for show to alleviate the apprehensions of a world eager to hear that something peaceful has been accomplished to ease international anxieties. The problem lies in cast of characters who are playing out their individual political roles on a worldwide scale to make us believe they have actually achieved something worthwhile.
Breibart writes, “These differences go far beyond the usual disputes over the precise interpretations of terms in an agreement. There seems to be a wide gulf between Iran and the West about what, in fact, is covered by the agreement. Other areas of confusion in the deal include access for international inspectors to Iranian military sites, which the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps apparently is refusing to accept or allow.”
Imagine that. Iran couldn’t even wait for the highly skilled diplomatic Conga-line to disband from its photo-op before it was disputing the specifics of the negotiations.
Meanwhile, John “Howie Mandel” Kerry continued to adjust his tailored suit for the global Deal or No Deal cameras in preparation for his next assignment to raise the Cuban flag over its re-opened embassy in Washington. Schedules had to be met. There simply was no more time to sit around Vienna and talk while other ceremonies awaited the secretary of state’s attention.
The debate with Iran is not over. It is only beginning. That is what Obama wanted, a postponement. He got precisely what he negotiated for, a way to get out of the White House in time for whoever follows him to take the heat.
Truth be known, that is mostly what the Iranian dog-and-pony show was all about. Bring back Monty Hall and Let’s Make a Deal. The West picks door number two.
Bob Taylor has been traveling the world for more than 30 years as a writer and award winning television producer focusing on international events, people and cultures around the globe. Taylor is founder of The Magellan Travel Club (www.MagellanTravelClub.com)
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