The negotiations that have gone on for the last 18 months have finally made progress in the form of an agreement for Iran to curb it’s nuclear programme in return for the easing of harsh economic sanctions which would enable it to step out of the shadows.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu condemned the result saying, “Iran will get a jackpot, a cash bonanza of hundreds of billions of dollars, which will enable it to continue to pursue its aggression and terror in the region and in the world.” If the irony of his statement isn’t echoing around whatever room you happen to be in, this is the guy who said in his re-election campaign earlier this year that he was against a Palestinian State. He is in effect against peace in the Middle East. And he is the same guy who ordered the bombardment of Gaza while sitting safely behind his missile defence dome. The US so solidly support Israel — and it’s neo-imperialist government — that Netanyahu’s statement on Iran is absolutely true — provided you switch the word Iran to Israel.
When will people learn that economic sanctions seldom work? Economic development is tied to better education, which is tied to greater political freedoms. And Iran was already full of brilliant people. The majority of the country is under 35. They keep evading the repression of the clerics and listen to foreign music, the boys mix with girls underground, and the innovation behind some of the art is remarkable. This is a people who will outlive the current regime. What possible good would come of a poverty stricken country, it’s infrastructure compromised, it’s industry undeveloped — all because of sanctions — one day staggering into a bloody revolution in which the clerics have nuclear weapons? Iran will be free one day, so lets not have it be destitute when it finally makes it, and lets not muck around with the bomb. Humans have managed to go for 70 years with nuclear bombs without blowing ourselves up. Not a good time to get complacent.
No nuclear weapons, and the easing of sanctions are two good things. Please don’t fall into the trap of the pissy US republicans bent on seeing this as us and them. Persian people belong to one of the oldest surviving cultures on Earth. They are fiercely proud, and it must be a wrench for those that chose to leave and now live in places like NZ. They came here for the equality, and the opportunity we have here. The same reason European folk came to NZ in the 19th century. We are not so different.
This deal needs to be approved by the US Senate over the next 60 days before it can be signed. But Obama has made it clear the will do everything in his power to ensure that it passes, and as that he will veto any legislation which threatens the deal. See the video of his speech below.