I am tired about this so called “negotiations” that we do with those who oppose us.
For example, last week Iran said that they were willing to send out most of their enriched uranium in return for getting back medical isotopes in 5-6 month. The west balked, because the offer we extended to Iran was to send medical isotopes after one year. When the west balked at Iran, Iran went to continue to enrich uranium to spite the west. This really frustrates me, does anyone know the meaning of Negotiations ?
According to Wiki, negotiations is defined as “Negotiation is a dialogue intended to resolve disputes, to produce an agreement upon courses of action, to bargain for individual or collective advantage, or to craft outcomes to satisfy various interests. It is the primary method of alternative dispute resolution.”
Where is the dialogue with Iran? there is none. The west discussed among themselves what the most reasonable offer they can give, offered it to Iran with almost no discussion on what the Iranians want (we did have a slight breakthrough in October, but we closed the window very quickly). This is no way to resolve an issue. Let me make my case clear, I am not siding with any country, I am just frustrated at the so called “Negotiations” that are forced and coerced. This is not negotiations, and sadly, the west is losing it capacity to make these demands.
Lets take a quick look at Hamas case. The Quartet demanded that Hamas renounces violence, recognize Israel and accept all past peace agreements including the roadmap before they can even hold a dialogue. Before looking at Hamas’s response, think about these demands. These demands are for Hamas to be able to participate in negotiations or dialogue for peace. By ascending to all these demands, what the point of negotiations? It is like me inviting you to an all you can eat buffet, but only after you accept to eat only spicy chicken. What the point of dialogue or negotiations if it was forced and coerced. Hamas tried to take positive steps by announcing a cease-fire with Israel and state they want only a nation within the 1967 borders. This statement implicitly accepts two of Quartet demands, but that was not enough for the Quartet and this miserable situation, that could have been easily avoided if the west was willing to listen and hold dialogue, continues.
The sad point is that it now considered weak if we negotiate with other side, or if we reach a compromise. Look at the Democrats and Republicans and one can clearly see this trend. They act as thou they are completely opposed to each other and each one is on different sides of the river. However, when you look more deeply about what each one is, you will realize there is very slight difference between the two parties. (Some people will shoot me here, however, I do believe that the parties are the two sides of the same coin).
The end results of all this, is that we never reach solutions or compromises that help both parties and instead either one benefits from the other, or in the most likely scenario no one benefits and all suffer.