Monday, July 23, 2007

Pretending The Mullahs And Their Intentions Are Rational Doesn't Make It So

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posted by Richard
Mark Steyn's piece yesterday, "Look who's holding hostages again," notes Congress' focus on finding the most politically advantageous way to lose in Iraq, and Europe's, psychological acceptance of the Iranian nuclear umbrella:
"In the Western world, where talks are not the means to the end but an end in themselves, we find it hard despite the evidence of 30 years to accept that Iran talks the talk and walks the walk. Once it goes nuclear, do you think there will be fewer fatwas on writers, stonings of homosexuals, kidnappings in international waters, forced confessions of American hostages and bankrolling of terror groups worldwide? These latest hostages are part of a decades-old pattern of behavior. The longer it goes without being stopped, the worse it will be."
And as is implicit in his title, Iran continues non-stop holding Western hostages and forcing confrontations with the West, all while continuing its build-up for expanding its global jihad in pursuit of the Islamic caliphate and the conversion of the West to Islam.
However, in spite of all this, one could easily believe, judging from the media, our politicians, the U.N., and the EU, none of this has or is happening before our very eyes, while the West continues to "talk" to Iran as though they were dealing with rational people in control of a reality-based state government that had even the most basic sense of reasonableness and intentions to act in good faith, when in fact none of these elements of normalcy or good faith exist in the case of Iran.
In my post on Iran yesterday titled, "If Iran Says No, Count On Yes," pointed to the fact that Iran "wrote the book," so to speak, on Taqiyya (religiously-sanctioned deception or dissimulation to conceal one's true intentions and beliefs), kitman (deception) and khod'eh (trickery or claiming one's true position by half-truths rather than outright lies or deception), and Taarof (a form of deception through diversion of meaning from the subject or issue under discussion).
I also noted that these are all well established deception techniques inherent in Iranian statecraft and nuclear negotiations with the Europeans and the United States, and that Iran's state doctrine involves a "clash of civilizations," irregardless of whether or not the West chooses to recognize that war between Iran and the West began back in 1979 and is presently in the process of igniting a full-blown global conflict.
And as I pointed to above, if one is to judge his or her opinion on the heat of the out-of-control war flames raging in Iran and the degree of threat that Iran poses to world peace on what one reads and hears from the media, and what we are hearing from many of our diplomacy-obsessed dhimmitudious politicians, the U.N., the EU, and all the other transnational arbiters of global order, Iran is not a problem and we can deal with what amounts to the most extraordinarily irrational and dangerous state in modern history by just sitting down with them and holding Kumbayas.
However, Kumbayas are not in the animus of the Iranian regime, at least not the kind perceived by the West. Iran's Kumbayas are nothing other than Taqiyya, kitman, khod'eh, and Taarof. They are used only to buy time and to gain a strategic advantage over their enemy - which is anyone and everyone that doesn't believe in the Khomeini/Ahmadinejad brand of Islam - and the Mahdi...
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