Pierre Goldschmidt, formerly of the IAEA, wrote an article that I posted a reply to on the Gulf2000 mailing list. Farid Marjai forwarded it to IRDiplomacy where it was published online. In the comments senction Goldschmidt honors me by replying to me, albeit he pretty much ignores everything I wrote and also ignores the link to Dan Joyner's legal analysis of what Iran is actually obligated to do and not do.
You can read the substance of the discussion yourself, I have no plan on redebating what is already pretty much old news and nothing new. I've done my best in talking sense and I'll let the readers decide the rest.
But this is what I thought was interesting about the interaction: here I am, arguing with an international civil servant who asserts boldly and apparently without the slightest sense of irony, that a country must actually exceed the terms of a treaty that it is not a signatory to, under the threat of sanctions which are primarily and directly targetting its civilian population, and yet he does so supposedly for the sake of the same people of Iran who have been deprived of medicine and aircraft parts until their govt agrees to give up THEIR -- the people's, not the gov't -- sovereign rights.
Once you step back and take a look at that, you can't help but just gasp and feel exasperated, as well as be disappointed in humanity.
It is amazing, isn't it, how otherwise normal, intelligent and I'm sure kind people, so totally and complete lose their moral compass when they start to identify with authority. (And then they insult your intelligence on top of it! The in-your-face audacity is just breathtaking if it wasn't so silly and obviously dicredited.)