Face saving for all
Iran's nuclear ambitions and democracy
May 20, 2005
The lingering issue of possible nuclear proliferation in Iran continues
to consume an immense amount of foreign policy initiatives of the
west and as reflected by the media. The United States, which has
seemingly made strides to exert its leverage against Iran through
its European allies, namely, Britain, France and Germany, remains
in the dire hope of forcing the Iranian regime to give up all its
nuclear ambitions for almost no substantive return.
for yet another round of talks next Tuesday between the Iranian
and European negotiators, too little incentives and too late has
been tossed around including "spare parts for civilian aircrafts"
for Iran to abandon its nuclear ambition.
While the U.S. has single-handedly
identified Iran as a potential threat to the region's stability
due to its possible nuclear development notwithstanding Iran's
long standing signature to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty
(NPT) for transparent and IAEA and UN verifiable peaceful use of
nuclear energy technology , it is increasingly paradoxical to many
worldwide not to speculate on the specific reasons as to why the
U.S. would selectively pick on Iran, while it has kept a close
eye when Israel, Pakistan and India, the non-signatories to NPT,
in recent juncture developed their nuclear arsenals.
in lieu of multifaceted internal inadequacies and improprieties
in Iran including lack of democracy, sound socioeconomic policy
and violation of human rights, when Iran is compared to the neighboring
countries from central Asia to the near East and Asia Minor,
it has indeed sustainably remained an island of stability.
Iranian people who have repeatedly registered their aspirations
for an independent, orderly transition to democracy, freedom
and human rights, they feel once again trapped in a dichotomy
their national interest, nationalism and pride on the one hand,
while striving to achieve these overdue goals with yet another
external shadow hovering over their heads, on the other.
upcoming Iranian Presidential election is once again overshadowed
of a comprehensive discourse for its merit due in part to
national apathy, and by the nuclear issue as perpetrated by the
U.S., which in essence guarantees another eight years of
the most astute candidate, Akbar Heshemi Brahmani Rafsanjani,
a former two-term president veteran, who could not even rank
among the top 30 members in the Tehran municipal 2001 election.
Iran, at its 60% production capacity and possessing one of
the top three gas/oil reservoirs worldwide, can currently
than 50% of its crude oil in the international market, as
this nation of 70 million is increasingly guzzling
most its oil
gas productions domestically.
As envisioned by the former
Shah's regime in the early 70's and supported then by the U.S.,
Iran has longed for the development of nuclear energy
as an alternative to complement its ultimately exhausting
non-renewable fossil fuels for the past thirty years, but
even a single nuclear reactor has joined the electric grid
resolution of this impasse, therefore, requires a multi-jurisdictional
apporach in a multifaceted mode that includes meeting future
energy needs of the country including nuclear, solar, wind,
technology from the West, removal of economic
Above all, the aspiration of Iranian
for democracy, freedom, human rights, must be safeguarded
and their feeling of nationalism and pride respected, if the
West, albeit the
allies are seriously determined to resolve this crisis
peacefully, transparently and equitably.