“Tehran — As President Trump was being feted in the palaces of the Saudi royal family after concluding a historic arms deal, Iranians were celebrating the outcome of a hard-fought election. The vote manifested the determination of Iran’s electorate to continue on the path of moderation and constructive engagement based on mutual respect that brought the world the nuclear deal in 2015.
If past performance is an indicator of future success, another $110 billion worth of weapons will neither reduce “the burden” on the American military nor support “the long-term security of Saudi Arabia,” as the State Department argues. The last time the Saudis spent that kind of money was when they provided billions to the Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein in the 1980s to arm his war of aggression against Iran. Look what that bought them and the world.”
Powerful piece. Trump has gone zombie in the middle east.
Here is a comment I mostly agree with. I always supported the work of John Kerry as our Secretary of State, and understood, or at least trusted, in his enormous wisdom.
A powerful opinion, one that demands respect not just for its erudite and convincing prose, but also the immense rationale within. One may disagree with minister Zarif, but one cannot deny he represents the very best in Iranian foreign affairs to the outside world, a messenger more important than the message. Finally, a clear explanation why John Kerry always so readily flew to Geneva on moment’s notice to what to most seemed a peace mission doomed to fail. Now finally, we know it wasn’t the biking trails along Lake Geneva, but rather a once in lifetime chance to deal with an academic scholar, mullah, and foreign policy statesman all rolled into one that spurred him on. All is forgiven John.
Now for the bad news for minister Zarif, delivered in style Geneva definitely not used to. The new US policy is no longer about peace, but peace divided where possible and rule elsewhere. Hence Saudi.
Here is comment I completely support:
All nations, including Iran, have good and bad about them. Plainly from the comments many feel that we should 100% distrust Iran, but treat the Saudis as our allies. However, Iran has a highly educated segment to its society. Many of those folks were educated in and/or have lived in the west, with which they desire better relations. The recent election in Iran was a ray of hope as the people chose a moderate and the possibility of more relations on the world stage over a hard-liner.
Through the maintenance of the nuclear deal we both nudge Iran in a more acceptable direction and encourage/support the moderating segments of their population. Isolation of any nation encourages hard-liners and broods xenophobia in its population and leadership. At some point, re-engagement and opening are the only productive answer. It is self-defeating to label a nation, any nation, as a permanent enemy with whom we can never work.