by Dore Gold
Only severe sanctions backed by military threat will have any impact.
Defying both history and logic, the idea that the West should diplomatically engage with
Despite the massive waves of demonstrators across
But they're wrong, just as they have been from the start. Indeed, there are plenty of reasons to be skeptical about sticking to engagement. The main one is that it has already been tried -- and utterly failed.
The Islamic Republic has already proved it only uses talks with the West as a delaying tactic as it relentlessly pursues nuclear arms.
Back in 2005, Hassan Rowhani, the former chief nuclear negotiator of
Rowhani's revelation showed clearly how
Mohammed Javad Larijani, a former deputy foreign minister and brother to Rowhani's successor as chief negotiator, admitted the logic of diplomatic engagement from the Iranian side: "Diplomacy must be used to lessen pressure on
Advocates of engagement with
In fact, the greatest engagement skeptics today are the leaders of the Sunni Arab states from
For these reasons, Arab officials don't need prompting from
It is critical to understand that an
Halting the Iranian nuclear program is a global imperative; acquiescing to a nuclear
Dore Gold's new book, "The Rise of Nuclear Iran: How
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