Skip to comments.Negotiating With Iran, 1979 and 2012
Posted on 04/21/2012 6:31:18 AM PDT by nuconvert
As the United States and other members of the P5+1 commence negotiations with Iran, it is worth recalling the classic analysis of Irans negotiating style sent in from the U.S. embassy in Tehran on August 13, 1979. The author of the cable, political counselor Victor Tomseth, and the man who authorized it, charge daffaires Bruce Laingen, became hostages when the embassy was seized on November 4, 1979.
The cable is an analysis of the underlying cultural and psychological qualities that explain the difficulties the embassy had been having in negotiations with the new regime. In one famous line, the cable claims that Perhaps the single dominant aspect of the Persian psyche is an overriding egoism
that leaves little room for understanding points of view other than ones own. There is also a pervasive unease about the nature of the world in which
nothing is permanent and
hostile forces abound. Persians therefore see themselves as obviously justified in using almost any means available to exploit such opportunities to protect themselves. Tomseth then adds that Persians have a poor understanding of causality, an aversion to accepting responsibility for ones actions, and resist the idea that Iranian behavior has consequences on American policy.
(Excerpt) Read more at weeklystandard.com ...
“He that hath ears, let him hear.”
The same is true of any and all enthusiastic rejectors of Christ.
” obviously justified in using almost any means available to exploit such opportunities to protect themselves. Tomseth then adds that Persians have a poor understanding of causality, an aversion to accepting responsibility for ones actions, and resist the idea that Iranian behavior has consequences “
In other words, it’s like trying to negotiate with a five-year-old — or a member of Congress...
“In other words, its like trying to negotiate with a five-year-old or a member of Congress...”
In other words, its like trying to negotiate with a five-year-old or a Democratic Leader of Congress...
OMG. I knew the Zero regime was idiotic and unserious. But this? What must the Israeli's think? No, I take that back. I know what the Israelis think.
Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.