If one examines Iranian history in the last three centuries, one can easily conclude that trusting westerners is usually a bad idea, trusting western liberal democracies however is outright insane, if not suicidal.
Against colonial empires you might actually stand a chance by learning the principles on which the enemy operates and manipulating them to shield yourself from negative consequences. The British for example were out to make a profit, the main driving forces behind their empire was self-interest and other forms of material gain. This gave weaker nations such as Persia a chance to make some sort of a dependable deal with them: surrender all your economic resources voluntarily in order to avoid complete subjugation. Sure it was a horrible, terrible deal for Persians but it was a deal that you could somewhat trust and count on.
In fact the Qajars managed to keep Iran officially independent, by allowing the British to colonize the country economically they managed to avoid full colonization, and Iranians were allowed to practice their religion, live their lives and conduct their day to day activities relatively free of external influences, something the Pahlavis weren’t able to achieve.
During this period the country was robbed of its material wealth but in exchange was allowed to keep its cultural integrity, social norms, religious customs and even develop, as long and as much as it didn’t interfere with the British taking their share of the profit(which was almost all of it). This was a far better deal for Iranians than what came after, which was a demand for complete, utter surrender by the Great Satan.
The definition of a “deal” is an agreement in which both sides give something up in order to get something in return, two opposing sides meet in the middle. In United States the republicans criticizing the recent nuclear deal don’t have a problem with this particular deal per se, but with making any deals(“with terrorists”, one is tempted to add), they want complete, utter surrender of everything that makes Iran what it is, with the exception of things that can be packaged, marketed and sold in the global mall they’re trying to turn our world into. One is faced with a rather simple choice, either give up the parts of your culture that give you a coherent sense of being or face our nuclear warheads.
Modern liberal democracies do not have any “principles”, they are motivated not by profit or self-interest, but by a singular form of ideology for which the whole system is prepared to self-destruct. In a way liberal democracies are the ultimate Jihadis, achieving a level of self-immolation that is inconceivable to Sunni extremists, they destroy the hosting society in order to achieve their intended goals.
Said goals and the accompanying ideology are in open, existential contradiction with every tradition that has ever existed on the face of this earth, but it is particularly at odds with Islam, because Islam, at least in its Sunni form, is in direct competition with liberalism in a way that no other religion could ever be, Sunni Islam is a multi cultural, anti racist, globalist and most interestingly progressive ideology, so while other religions are merely at odds with liberalism, Sunni Islam is engaged in a competition with it the way communism used to be, and since Islam is the last living religious tradition on this earth, the conflict becomes existential for both sides.
In such a war the reasonable person is not looking for deals and compromises,but for ways to fore the enemy to surrender.
Liberalism like all other modern ideologies that attempt to erect heaven on earth, cannot accept the possibility of valid alternative modes of existence in which some people might be better off. Such a concession would invalidate their claims to both universality and inherent superiority. So Islam must be destroyed. If you’re nice and bend over fast, like the Catholic Church, they will allow you to keep an emptied shell of the faith that has been reduced to harmless exoteric practices or esoteric artistic posturings, but no matter how “peaceful” you attempt to be, and how far away from the western world you reside, they will drone-fuck you until you say uncle, and let Chaim build that gay bar right next to the mosque.
In fact all we ever wanted was to be left alone to oppress our women, persecute our Bahai, mutilate our children, hang our fags and curse the Jews in peace! Unlike Sunni extremists who want to do all of the above to western women, children and gays as well, Shi’a extremists are quite exclusive, we are the only group of people on earth who despise white converts and treat them like shit when everywhere else they’re treated like royalty(example : https://medium.com/@shaykhdaniel/islam-s-convertophobia-problem-7f60e6b976b3 )
Making deals with the liberal west is always a lose-lose scenario, if liberals win, they will betray the deal because Iran supposedly hangs homosexuals and doesn’t allow women to fully enslave their husbands, if conservatives win, they will betray the deal because Iran chants death to America and isn’t another failed middle eastern state with deluded leaders who buy hundreds of billions of dollars worth of weapons to fight imaginary enemies. None of these sides care about American interests, their nation’s future, its survival through the ages and such notions because they’re completely alien to the concept of nation as a living entity. Westerners are internally divided on every single important issue you can think of. Since they can no longer agree on anything, they can no longer decide what is in the best interest of their children, which itself translates into constant renegotiation of all deals.
Furthermore, as Khamenei has said several times in the past, west’s prime issue with Iran isn’t our nuclear program, or missile program, or human rights, or terrorist supporting or any of the many other fake ruses they’ve come up with in the past four decades. Iran is the last functional country in the world still not conquered by the representative of a certain chosen tribe.
No democracy can be expected to uphold its commitments and it is a mistake to trust them. Obama betrayed several American allies in the Arab world because of his ideological commitment to liberal democracy, Trump will betray long-term American interests by resuming the role of Israel’s attack dog, and the evil empire will continue to decline until it either implodes under the pressure of all the various types of systematical dysfunctions it enables or explodes and takes all of us with it.