I’m always suspicious about acronyms; they tend to hide a certain ugliness or deceit that lies beneath.
Take CDO and ABS which, less than 10 years ago, almost cast the entire world into financial ruin. Those collateralised debt obligations made up of asset-backed securities were really toxic debt, sugared, perfumed and gift-wrapped into something that ‘smart’ bankers would happily trade until the music stopped.
To my mind, P5+1 is another toxic nomenclature. Only this time it’s not our money that’s at risk but the lives of our children and grandchildren, who may not live to continue paying off the can of debts we’ve kicked down to them from the CDO/ABS era.
Neville Chamberlain, at least, attached his name, his country and his photo to the disastrous deal with Hitler in 1938.
Not so with the P5+1.
So who are these characters and what are their special interests? Supposedly it’s the UN Security Council’s permanent (veto) members: America, Russia, China, Britain, France … and the plus is Germany. It would be nice to think their main motivation was stopping Iran’s nuclear bomb and cutting its funding of world terror. But as the saying goes: 'all politics is local politics' and the vested interests are clear.
For America, Kerry is there to deliver Obama’s presidential legacy and to collect his own peace prize. For Russia it’s all about helping Iran’s Al Quds force prop up their mutual client Assad in Syria not to mention the lucrative weapons trade vital to Putin’s flagging thug-conomy. China - happily untouched by Islamic terrorism - wants only to restore deliveries of Iranian crude oil. Britain will always follow America’s lead whilst France is the country which hosted Ayatollah Khomeini in exile and provided his springboard to 35 years of tyranny over the hapless Iranian people. As for Germany there are huge exports needed to pay for the crippling Eurozone bailout.
Which leaves the little girl in the picture: Federica Mogherini.
This so-called ‘High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy’ seems to make it P5+2.
So who put her there?
What qualifies this slip of a political appointee to negotiate with the world’s most dangerous terror state?
Whatever the answers, it does appear that - like her 'most high' predecessor Catherine Ashton - Iran’s laughing foreign minister Zarif sees her as a pushover. When the interim agreement was signed in 2013 the FT reported that, after initially wanting to deal only with the foreign ministers, Zarif said he now wanted to deal ‘only with Ashton’.
Well, G-d help us all!
According to their Wiki pages, Ashton started out as treasurer and vice chairman of CND, the British campaign for unilateral nuclear disarmament, famous for its picketing of American air bases during the Cold War. Mogherini started out as a member of the Italian Communist Youth Federation. That background may have something to do with the soft stance on Russia’s invasion of Ukraine which Baltic leaders accused her of in opposing her 'most high' appointment. She also seems to have a fascination for Islam, which was the subject of her graduation thesis. This photo with Yasser Arafat was recently taken off her social media page. Called the MogBlog, it has been lampooned by the Italian press as the immature diaries of a teenager.
And this is what the Free World puts up to negotiate with the blood-spitting apocalyptic tyrants of our age.
It’s no wonder Netanyahu’s expression looks as dark as I’ve ever seen it. It may not be the fact of Iran’s nuclear ascendancy, nor the billions which will be released for their furtherance of world terror.
What’s gloomiest of all is this hopelessly naïve and invertebrate excuse for leadership of the Free World.