The deadline in the nuclear talks between Iran and the West is fast approaching.  The self-imposed deadline was March 31, but it appears that agreement may not be reached by that date.  I would expect to have pronouncements that they’re making progress that they need to extend the time needed to complete the agreement. I believe that the president of United States will want this interim agreement to try to convince Congress not to pass any more sanctions against Iran.

There has been a great deal of discussion of the terms and conditions of this potential treaty.  President Obama announced this week that some of the terms and conditions may be held in secret and never disclose to the American Congress or the American people. I am concerned that if we are not to know all the terms then how will we know if they are in compliance with the accord. This paper will not try to explore all the details that may be in this accord.  What I want to explore is the likelihood that Iran will, in fact, honor its commitment when it signs the document.


The vast majority of Americans do not understand many of the principles that are laws as to how Muslims are to interact with infidels.  Infidels are the rest of the world that is not Muslim. The principles of behavior between Muslims and infidels are outlined in Sharia law and the Quran. One of the guiding forces is called taqiya. This principle is sometimes referred to as dissimulation. Dissimulation, is a form of deception in which one conceals the truth from an infidel -- in our case America is the infidel. It consists of concealing the truth, or in the case of half-truths, concealing parts of the truth.

Muslims are taught from a very young age, that when they deal with infidels they do not have to do what they have said they’re going to do. When Iranians say to the West that they do not want nuclear weapons, they just want to generate electrical power through the use of nuclear energy, I believe they are invoking taqiya.  A Muslim learns to achieve the goal by any means necessary including lying, misleading the infidel, all are acceptable.

In trying to figure out what Iran will do after they sign the treaty, we have to ask: Will the mullahs want the Iranian government to comply or will they tell leadership that under taqiya they are not bound by the terms and conditions of the treaty? The parties on the other side of the table, I believe, have very little experience in negotiating with Muslims and may in fact be incredibly naïve in believing that they will comply for 10 years. If you believe that you are negotiating in good faith then you assume that the other party is also negotiating in good faith. The Iranian side is agreeing with the West but knows it will not comply.

Neville Chamberlain, representing the Allied Nations went to meet with Adolf Hitler about peace and came back with a signed agreement as to how the Nazis would behave.  We know that Hitler did not negotiate in good faith, but Chamberlin left Hitler believing him at his word.  We were surprised when he didn’t live up to the terms and conditions of the agreement.  So, with taqiya in place as a guiding principle for the Iranian negotiators why should we trust them to comply with the treaty, especially if it doesn’t fit their goal? George Santayana said, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”

It is a dangerous position to take to ignore the beliefs that drives the person with whom you are negotiating. Any treaty between Iran and the West must have very specific terms and conditions of monitoring.  It also must have specific actions taken by the West any time Iran violates the treaty. Continued violations of the terms and conditions of the treaty will result in more severe economic sanctions being placed on Iran. If the impositions of economic sanctions are not sufficient to bring Iran into compliance with the terms of the treaty, then swift military action will be necessary to degrade and destroy their nuclear capability.

Taqiya has been around for almost 1,300 years, why should we believe that in this day and time the Muslims, on the other side of the table, are going to abandon their way of life, when dealing with infidels. The stakes are so high, and the risk is so dangerous, that we should be guided by the words of Ronald Reagan when he was negotiating a nuclear treaty with the Russians when he said, “Trust but verify.” It we do not have the ability to verify and specific actions to be taken against Iran government for noncompliance then we should not sign this treaty.

Giving Iran the ability to build a nuclear bomb will results in an ultimatum to the world “Convert or die.”

Perkins is the author of The Brotherhood of the Red Nile Trilogy. He is also a registered investment adviser with over 41 years of global money management experience.  He can be reached through his book web site,