Well, it didn't take long. Some Iran pundits and analysts saw some sort of minor light at the end of the tunnel in recent leaks to the NY Times and Washington Post about the US's supposed willingness to compromise with Iran in upcoming negotiations, but todays statement by the White House spokesman who reiterated the same old demand (left over from the Bush administration) that Iran must give up all enrichment, doesn't make it sound at all as if the Obama administration is willing to really engage Iran in the upcoming negotiations. No, this sounds like more of the same old same old; of deliberately imposing impossible demands so as to undermine the liklihood of any successful negotiations, so as to maintain the pretext of the "Iranian nuclear threat" to justify a policy of conflict and regime-change. And that's perhaps why, as Pepe Escobar pointed out, the Israelis expressed satisfaction with the US' position in the negotiations.
Remember these words, folks:
آنهائى كه خيال ميكنند اگر ما در قضيهى انرژى هستهاى عقبنشينى كرديم، دشمنى آمريكا تمام ميشود، از اين حقيقت غافلند. مشكل آنها مسئلهى هستهاى نيست. كشورهائى هستند كه سلاح هستهاى دارند، در منطقهى ما هم هستند، آنها ككشان هم نميگزد! مسئله، مسئلهى سلاح هستهاى يا صنعت هستهاى نيست، مسئلهى حقوق بشر نيست؛ مسئلهى جمهورى اسلامى است كه مثل شير در مقابل اينها ايستاده است. اگر جمهورى اسلامى هم در مقابل اينها مثل بعضى از رژيمهاى منطقه، حاضر بود به ملت خودش خيانت كند، در مقابل اينها تسليم بشود، با او كارى نداشتند. مسئلهى اينها زيادهخواهىهاى استكبارى است؛ اين علت دشمنى با ملت ايران است.
"Those who think that if we retreat on the nuclear energy issue, America's emnity would end, are ignorant of this fact: Americas' problem is not with [Iran's] nuclear program. There are countries that have nuclear weapons, even in our own region, and [the Americans] don't give a damn. Their problem is not with nuclear weapons or nuclear industry. Their problem is not with human rights. Their problem is the Islamic Republic, which stands before them like a lion. If the Islamic Republic was to betray its people like some regimes in the region, and surrender, they wouldn't care. Their problem is their own excessive expectations for oppression. That's the reason for their emnity with the nation of Iran."
-- Iran's "Supreme Leader" Khamenei (Noruz message '91)
Now, whatever else you may think of Khamenei, can anyone honestly say he doesn't have a good point?