Saturday, May 26, 2012

Iran Should Not Attend Moscow Talks - Shariatmadari

Hossein Shariatmadari, the influential editor of Kayhan, the leading conservative newspaper in Iran, and one of the shrewdest journalists in the country has called for a boycott of all future talks with the six major powers, including the Moscow Talks scheduled for 18-19 June. Mr. Shariatmadari believes that the West has not been serious in striking a deal with Iran during these talks and instead is using them to keep the price of oil under control and prevent a major shock to their weakened and falling economies. That is, until they find a comprehensive way on how to deal with a host of issues, including Iran and the uprisings in the Arab world.

Sharitmadari believes that Moscow Talks will not produce any major agreements and Iran should not attend the gathering to avoid playing into the US and European hands. It is the enemy, he says, that needs continued “negotiations” and “talks.”

To read Shariatmadari’s op-ed piece in Mashregh News, in Farsi, click here.


Anonymous said...

I understand this point of view, however the biggest problem for Iran (and Iranians in general) is a shocking level of self delusion about their leverage and power.

As the recent sanctions have shown, they are a tiny spec of a country facing essentially the world and the world can do whatever it wants.

It is time for Iranians as a culture to set aside such fanciful notions of faux power and accept their small place in the world. This goes not just for the government, but for the numerous obnoxious Iranians you see in day to day life.

Anonymous said...

Anon 8:30;

Bitter much?

Iranians know exactly where they stand, and they are pretty capable to look after themselves, thank you very much. The country is among the top 30 biggest economies in the world, has surpassed many European countries in scientific output, is starting to have a standing in the space, and you call it insignificant?

They are logically, legally and ethically within their rights on this issue, and could care less what you and other `obnoxious` characters think their position is on world stage.

They will get what is rightfully theirs, even if they have to enforce it. And they have at least enough to spoil it for `the world`, or whatever the eff you call the western club.

This all coming from someone who is principally against the Islamic Republic.

Get a grip.

Anonymous said...

He has a right to his opinion. Just like the chief editors of Washington Post, NY Times or Huffington.

Anonymous said...

well i agree, a kick of realism is what is needed in Iran; Religion, leftism, moralism, antiamericanim or nationalism are forms of Illusion-making which are not particularly helpful for and in Iran

mat said...

Shariatmadari's statements and comments are just absolutely logic and correct.

Anonymous said...

Anon 9:03 AM......If you're principally against the Islamic republic then what system do you believe in?

Anonymous said...

Am in a hotel room in Baku getting ready for the ESC 2012.(I love this event)

I am telling you people, there are more US security contractors and Hebrew speaking walki-talki holders on the streets than reporters covering the event.

The whole scenery reminds me of Irans pre-revolution Tehran and Egypt. I assure you in 12 Months the Alioff dynasty/regime will be gone.

Azari by fortune, Iranian by Grace of God

Dariush London

Anonymous said...

"Am in a hotel room in Baku....."

The Azarbiajan people in Baku are not as dumb as the Iranians that committed suicide in 1979 by handed the power to a bunch of retarded mullahs and their cretinous followers.
Now go just across the border and live with the mullahs in Qom.

Anonymous said...


Anonymous said...

Anon 2:31 PM

Been to Tehran lately,seen the security they have deployed there and came to the conclusion the regime is in a siege mentality.
Even during the Shahs reign before 1979 I can't remember such a spectacle.
With armed gangs of Basij and plain cloth security ready to pounce on groups of eight or above,the regime is scared of its own shadow!

Anonymous said...

Per capita I am pretty sure Tehran has far fewer police and other regulatory personal than, say, New York. The U.S. is by far the most regulated country in the world as measured by law enforcement, attorneys etc.

Anonymous said...

Not more than 500 or 600 spectators, mostly military personel and their spouses, they were constantly coached from left to right and asked to wave different flags.

It was ridiculously despotic and sovietish.

I saw the place after 2 years again and I mean nothing can stop a revolution a la Egypt and Tunis.... Unless a military coup changes the regime and hangs a few to redirect attention and calm peoples minds and claim of human rights for western press to be preoccupied again for a while.

Our Azari brethrens have calculated, as long as they kiss Israels arse, they are immune... but today, even the most anti Iranian journalist there were disgusted by the sight of what is going on in Azarnbayjan today.

(Anti-Iranian stableboy, I don't even read your crap, I know you are one person claiming to be more...)

Azari by fortune,Iranian by Grace of God.

Dariush London

Anonymous said...

Anon 11:22 PM.....From that statement alone it proves you haven't a clue what you're talking about.
Case closed.

Anonymous said...

Anon 2:58 AM

How many times did the Akhunds put you into that barrel?