Iranian Leader says Enemy Demands will never be met: Just as Time is Running Out

Back in March, Kerry and other world negotiators were praising the work they had accomplished in getting a frame work in place with Iran.  As many were very skeptical about the deal, liberal media was saying it was a road to peace and friendship.  It now seems to be headed in the wrong direction again.

Fox reports

Iran’s supreme leader vowed Wednesday he will not allow international inspection of Iran’s military sites or access to Iranian scientists under any nuclear agreement with world powers.

Now, this to some will be the Iranians backing out of their agreement.  “Those slimy Iranians!”  But this is likely not the case.  We have to remember that Iran though sneaky and vicious are a sovereign nation.  And there would be no real need for the U.S. or any other nation to inspect their military bases.  This would be hard to press on a defeated nation.

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei told military commanders Wednesday that Iran will resist “coercion and excessive demands” from America and other world powers.

. . . Khamenei indicated that the Americans are increasing their demands that international inspection of Iran’s military sites and interviews with Iranian scientists be included in the final deal.

The supreme leader of Iran is not just posturing here.  It would seem that he is fully in the right to resist these kinds of demands.  You have to remember that we have no authority to make such demands.  We are not at war with Iran, and there has been no real indication that they wish for war with us.  If they did, they could attack us in the region.  I am not advocating that we do nothing about Iran and their history of terror support but is sending in inspectors the answer.

Fox further reports

“The impudent and brazen enemy expects that we allow them talk to our scientists and researchers about a fundamental local achievement but no such permission will be allowed,” Khamenei told military commanders in Tehran Wednesday, in remarks broadcast on state TV. “No inspection of any military site or interview with nuclear scientists will be allowed.”

If you were Iran, would you want to have foreigners inspecting your bases and interrogating your scientists?  If you are okay with such activities, then you have no respect for our sovereignty or our freedom.  Only the defeated allow such things.  The problem is that we do not think that these people should feel the same way.

We need to understand that we might be seen as the bully here.

Ali Akbar Velayati, a senior adviser to Khamenei, was quoted by Iranian media this week as accusing the Americans of changing their position and toughening their stance as the deadline approaches.

“They insist on crossing (our) red lines. This turns into an obstacle,” Velayati was quoted as saying

If we are so concerned about Iranian power or intentions, then we should deal with them quickly and sternly.  If they are building weapons-grade uranium, then we should pound those plants to dust.  But if we are not willing to do this, then we need to leave them alone.