Iran is locked in a “fierce internal debate whether to hold bilateral nuclear talks with the United States.” Even though they are insisting that their nuclear program is solely meant for civilian purposes. But something doesn’t quite add up to me. The Iranian President, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, has shown no interest in accepting the dangling offer of talks put forth by President Obama.
And even if he were to accept said offer, there’s a catch. Let’s not forget that in Iran being the “president” doesn’t net you “supreme leader” status because Ayatollah Ali Khamenei is the proud holder of that title. He is the man who is in charge of the country’s nuclear course. And he’s navigating that course in a rather sneaky way.
So not only is Iran “continuing progress” at their uranium enrichment plants but they have “nearly completed installing centrifuges at [their] Fordow uranium-enrichment plant.” That itself is a big deal. But the location of the plant is an even bigger deal. The Fordow plant is being built inside a mountain tunnel to protect it from bombings. Essentially, Iran has almost completed construction of a “virtually bomb-proof sanctuary.”
Why not at least humor President Obama with one talk President Ahmadinejad? Just one? Since in all reality you have little say in whether or not Iran should continue enriching uranium, you know for the peaceful purposes you keep insisting all that uranium will be used for. But let’s be honest, you of course wouldn’t be a huge fan of dismantling multiple plants that your administration sank a great deal of money into. Therefore, any talk would just be one very clever ruse.
The way I see it is humanity is once again at another fork in the road. We can all decide to stop enriching uranium (cough, cough… Iran) or a much less attractive option will probably be imposed at a much higher price. But it seems we have already started slowly wandering down a path and left the fork and options behind us.