Based on the way Iranian diplomats and leaders talk, one would think that Iranian diplomacy is on the brink of schizophrenia or has a huge closet full of demons it is guarding fervently.
Whenever Iranian leaders talk about ideals such as democracy/human rights/freedom, its nuclear program, global terrorism etc…, one thing is certain: the Iranian leaders and diplomats have learned the talk that appeals the most to a Western audience.
Iranian leaders speak of these ideals with such fervor and conviction that one could be mistaken to believe them. The Islamic Republic of Iran, in Iranian leaders terms is a shining beacon of democracy, the ultimate champion for human rights and dignity, the strongest enemy of nuclear weapons, the leader for peace and love.
In short, the Iranians have learned to talk the Western talk.
But they are far from walking this talk.
At the closing of the 6 day NAM summit in Tehran, the difference between Iran’s talk and Iran’s walk became exponentially larger.
On the nuclear issue, possibly Iran’s highest priority to date, Iran championed the NAM resolution of banning nuclear weapons while urging the development of nuclear power for electricity use.
And yet, UN General Secretary Ban Ki-Moon complained that “they (Iran) were not giving me any concrete answers (on the nuclear issue)”. Calls from the UN and from Western powers for more transparency by Iran on cloudy nuclear issues such as the purpose of the Parchin military base (and it satellite documented clean-up) , the increase of high level uranium enrichment far beyond electrical needs (enough for 5 atomic bombs according to the latest IAEA report , the doubling of centrifuges in the Fordow plant etc…are met with a plethora of evasive responses: outright denials, accusations of Israeli/US motivations/racism, Khameini’s (in)famous “nuclear weapons are a sin” religious decree, finger pointing at Israel nuclear arsenal – any tactic meant to help Iran escape giving “concrete” evidence and the much requested transparency.
Democracy, human rights and freedom were BIG buzz words in Iranian diplomacy during the NAM summit. This is regardless of the fact that Iranian opposition leaders Mousavi and Mehdi under house arrest and that Iran holds one of the worst human records in the world today according to human rights groups such as Amnesty and Human Rights Watch while Iranian Human Rights chief Javad Larijani proudly states “Iran pioneers in human rights in the world”.
However, any critical reports, whether it be on Iran’s nuclear program or human rights have neither steered Iran away from its nuclear ambitions, nor have they brought forth intentions of changing negative human rights actions. Rather, Iran seems to be steaming ahead with its nuclear aspirations and giving little regards to human rights reports.
Indeed, with a democracy-exploiting voting coalition within the UN, and world leaders who fail to speak up against the Iranian regime’s actions, it seems that a nuclear-armed, human-right-oppressing Iranian regime is just around the corner.
Because at the end of the day, Iran is desperately trying to mobilize as many nations as it can against the UN (including the UN Security Council and the IAEA) and against the “hegemony” of Western powers (the US, UK, France etc…and of course, Israel) in order to create a new world order, lift economic sanctions and give Iran much needed time to develop a military nuclear program.
It is somewhat ironic, and concerning, that the nondemocratic Iranian regime is attempting to exploit a democratic tool (i.e. voting) in order promote her nondemocratic agendas. This is even made more ironic, when one considers that if Iran is successful in forming a voting coalition, it will be able to use this coalition to bash truly democratic countries within the UN. We will find out soon enough if Iran’s bet paid off during Ahmadinejad’s address to the UN general assembly during this month.