The Foundation for Constitutional Democracy

12-Oct-2008

The Futility of Negotiating With Iran

Filed under: Islam & ArabIranian Threat — eidelberg @ 7:12 am

Former CIA covert operative Robert Baer asserts that Iran, an Islamic nation of 70 million people, is building an empire in the Middle East, believing it should be the “citadel of Islam.” He warns that Iran is probably months away from war with Israel. That’s the message of his new book, “The Devil We Know: Dealing with the New Iranian Superpower.”

Baer argues that Iran so situated that it may have more ability to alter America’s destiny than China or Russia. “With Chinese Silkworm missiles pointed toward the Strait of Hormuz, Iran has the ability to cripple the world economy in a matter of minutes by shutting down the flow of oil. That’s even before it gains a nuclear missile.”

Apparently, Baer regards Iran not as a messianic terror group such as al-Qaida, but as a nation with imperial aspirations like the former Soviet Union. “Historic compulsions inspire Iran’s leaders to re-create a Persian empire throughout the Middle East and Central Asia.”

This is dangerously misleading. Islam has always been a messianic terrorist entity with imperial aspirations. In his superb book Islamic Imperialism, Efraim Karsh documents Islam’s world-historic aspirations as follows:

“I was ordered to fight all men until they say ‘There is no god but Allah.’”
— Prophet Muhammad’s farewell address, March 632

“I shall cross this sea to their islands to pursue them until there remains no one on the face of the earth who does not acknowledge Allah.”
— Saladin, January 1189

“We shall export our revolution throughout the world … until the calls ’there is no god but Allah and Muhammad is the messenger of Allah’ are echoed all over the world.”
— Ayatollah Khomeini, 1979

“I was ordered to fight people until they say there is no god but Allah, and his prophet Muhammad.”
— Osama bin Laden, November 2001

Even if it is true, as Baer maintains, that Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is little more than a figurehead, he nonetheless reiterates Islam’s global ambitions when he speaks of a world without America and Israel—hence, without Christianity and Judaism.

Baer errs by attributing merely Machiavellian or political—in contradistinction to Islamic or religious—motives to Iran’s development of nuclear weapons. Islam is a political religion to which Machiavellianism comes naturally. Ponder this statement of Khomeini, the father of the Iranian Revolution—the most radical and far-reaching revolution in history:

We know of no absolute values besides total submission of the will of the Almighty. People say: “Don’t lie!” But the principle is different when we serve the will of Allah. He taught men to lie so that we can save ourselves at moments of difficulty and confuse our enemies. Should we remain truthful at the cost of defeat and danger to the Faith? We say not. People say “Don’t Kill!” But the Almighty Himself taught us how to kill. Without such a skill man would have been wiped out long ago by beasts. So shall we not kill when it is necessary for the triumph of the Faith? … Deceit, trickery, conspiracy, cheating, stealing, and killing are nothing but means. [emphasis added] On their own they are neither good nor bad. For no deed is either good or bad, isolated from the intentions that motivated it. (Cited in Brigitte Gabriel, They Must Be Stopped, pp, 48-49.)

Failing to see this synthesis of Machiavellianism and religion, Baer calls for “serious negotiations” with Iran as if this Islamic regime were comparable to the Soviet Union, an atheistic regime. The trouble is that the mullahs of Iran, unlike Russian Communists and American Liberals, have not been influence by the doctrine of Thomas Hobbes, that violent death is the greatest evil. It was that doctrine that made Mutual Assured Destruction a rational policy in the nuclear competition between the US and the USSR.

For the United States, the only acceptable outcome of “serious negotiations” with Iran would be the cessation of Iran’s nuclear weapons program. Only those who do not take Islam seriously and ignore its 1,400-year ambition to dominate the world are so naïve—or so smug—as to believe Iran would renounce this ambition for potage.

Baer should know better. His book Sleeping with the Devil reveals how high-ranking officials of American government, upon leaving their positions, end up on the Saudi payroll and actually betray their country. It would be most unwise to attribute such paltry, bourgeois motives to the disciples of the Ayatollah Khomeini.