Amid unconfirmed reports about the possibility of a relative and minimal Tehran - Washington agreement on the important and strategic issues between the two, particularly the nuclear and the Syrian issues and the economic sanctions against Iran, Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei made important remarks in a meeting with the commanders of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps(IRGC).
Just days before President Hassan Rouhani’s visit to the US to attend the annual UN General Assembly meeting, Ayatollah Khamenei stressed that the Islamic Republic is not opposed to right and logical diplomatic maneuvering and advocated the tactic of heroic flexibility, noting, “A wrestler, who is wrestling with his opponent, and at certain times exhibits flexibilities due to technical reasons, should not forget who his rival is and what he is doing. ” On the other side, after Barack Obama’s correspondence with Iran’s new president was revealed - which is significant in the Iran - US relations, which have not had an official status since 1979 - the US president has said that it seems there is an opportunity for dialog with Iran under the presidency of Rouhani, and that Washington plans to test this opportunity. Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, who is currently in New York to make preparations for Rouhani’s visit, says he hopes for a resolution of the Western dispute over Iran’s nuclear energy program through negotiations while safeguarding the Islamic Republic’s rights. The noted posturing, along with the United States’ clear retreat from its warmongering stance against Syria, and other developments all indicate that the American rationality, which is self - interest - oriented, has found breathing room amid the Zionist and Arab - Salafi brouhaha and the US intends to enter dialog with the big regional power, viz. the Islamic Republic, with a language of respect rather than one of threats. It should be stressed here that the American rationality vis - à - vis Iran did partly emerge out of hibernation at certain points in time, such as in 2004; however, just at the crucial moment, it was entangled in the political and intelligence plots of the Zionist and Arab lobbies, and failed to prioritize the United States’ national interests over the interests of the lobbies. Past experience has shown that, whenever the Americans refused to recognize Iran’s rights in various areas, and picked a rhetoric of threats and resorted to inhumane sanctions as a “stick” rather than interacting and befriending the Iranian people, they in fact marginalized the national interests of the 280 - million - strong nation over those of the powerful Zionist and Arab lobbies.
The American policymakers, who are wearing a smile and speaking optimistic words, are susceptible to untimely shifts this time around as well unless they make a key, strategic decision.
This same historical experience is the reason why many observers still do not view Washington’s posturing with much optimism and speak of the possibility of the repetition of the past’s uncalculated behavior. To use academic terminology, the US has always been advancing an equation of “lose - lose, ” while Iran has always sought a “win - win. ” This discrepancy is that very long wall of mistrust and coldness that stands between Tehran and Washington, which both sides have at times referred to; this is the same wall that Washington has not only never attempted to take down but has thickened by a prejudiced insistence on the lose - lose equation and by pursuing the demands of the Zionists and the Salafi and reactionary Arab current. It is fair to say that, by continuing the hostility with Iran, the Americans have had no tangible achievement in the field of their national interests, and have only been able to appease Tel Aviv while receiving backlash in the following senses:1.Presenting the US as ruthless and aggressive to the Iranian people, especially with the implementation of inhumane sanctions in the recent years2.Depriving the US private sector of investing in Iran, particularly in the areas of oil and gas3.Spreading the anti - arrogance and anti - American sentiments in the Middle East and the Muslim world, which was inspired by Iran’s Islamic Revolution and the Islamic Republic’s anti - oppression policies4.The growing discrediting of the US in the Mideast in its rivalry with the Islamic Republic, particularly in Iraq, Afghanistan and Syria5.Getting deprived of the chance to directly interact with and contact Tehran over key regional issues6.Allying with some reactionary governments with the objective of filling the vacuum of Iran, which has further downgraded the US’s credibility as a country that claims to advocate democracy, and which begs the question of why the US has friendly ties with tyrannical and reactionary states but is hostile to a democratic state like Iran This last statement, it seems, very well shows that the continuation of the policy of lose - lose vis - à - vis Iran will have no justification if the American rationality is revived, and that the US can, by altering its approach toward Iran, open up a new chapter of national - interest diplomacy in the areas enumerated below. Iran would naturally open up to such a shift in approach, as the honest statements of the Iranian officials in the recent days testify.1.Respecting the Islamic Republic’s national sovereignty and the legal procedures in Iranian politics, which are all based on the Constitution, itself founded on popular vote2.Taking the differences and hostilities with Iran off the security - oriented level and moving it to the political level, a natural result of which would be a shift from the language of threats to one of respect3.Serious resolve to rescind the inhumane embargoes against the people of Iran, whose real victims are especially the lower echelons, patients, and families without tutelage4.Serious determination to put an end to the nuclear dispute and acknowledging Iran’s peaceful nuclear rights based on international regulations5.Initiating constructive interaction and dialog with Iran in order to resolve the numerous regional crises such as terrorism, which has emerged and grown in the past years as a tool of leverage in the hands of certain reactionary governments in the absence of Tehran - Washington ties6. Directing American investors and companies toward making strategic investments in Iran’s oil and gas sector, a short-term result of which would stability in the global energy market and would on the other hand provide US citizens with an equal opportunity for competing with Chinese, Russian and European firms This piece touched on only 6 opportunities lost by the US as a result of its hostility with Iran as well as 6 chances Washington can seize if it changes its policies regarding Tehran. The task was undertaken to show that the American politicians have never dealt with Iran based on the American rationality and the national interests of their country over the past years. The fact of the matter is that, at the current juncture, a good and rare opening has emerged for Washington to enter a win-win game with Iran with a more serious concern for its national interests and broader considerations for the Middle East and compensate for its past mistakes rather than making politically-motivated decisions impacted by Zionist and Salafi pressure groups. By so doing, the United States can create at least some hope among the Iranians regarding the future of the relations.