A Coming Together
The US, Russia, China, Great Britain, France and Germany Â (P5+1) have agreed on a framework with Iran to prevent their development of fissile nuclear material in exchange for Â relaxation of sanctions considered “the most comprehensive and complex ever imposed on a sovereign state.”
According to Brookings, “Since 2010, the sanctions’ impactÂ on IranÂ has been severe: its oil exports and revenues plummeted; the value of its currency eroded; trade disruptions shuttered businesses and exacerbated inflation.”
The sanctions worked, bringing Iranian leaders to agree to a framework which effectively blocks Iran’s ability to create highly enriched uranium, weapons grade plutonium or to covertly produce fissile material.
Here in America conservatives decry the deal as the death-knell of Israel complete with specific references to the Holocaust.
Still others employ allusions to Neville Chamberlain and Munich on the eve of WWII as proof of our gullibility or weakness.
The 1979 “War”
If the taking of US hostages in Iran can be likened to a war, at least diplomatically, it is long since time to view Iran’s current status as complex, many-faceted and in some cases, aligned with the US.
Iranians have little reason to trust the US as the CIA overthrew their democratically elected leader in 1953 in order to install a puppet regime inclined toward western interests.
“The CIA is quoted acknowledging the coup was carried out “under CIA direction” and “as an act of U.S. foreign policy, conceived and approved at the highest levels of government.”
Iran Â is a non-aligned Shia Islamic state known in part for its bellicose rhetoric towards Israel but it has also cooperated with the US, including in attempting to expel the Taliban from Afghanistan.
ISIS and Iraq
Perhaps no-where are our interests more aligned than the desire to confront and defeat ISIS followed by a desire for a stable Iraq.
Iran has more to lose than anyone if ISIS spreads closer to its borders.
Given the success of the economic sanctions, the tactical exclusion of Iran from the anti-ISIS coalition is disastrous.
Iran has a direct strategic interest in stopping ISIS and their agreement on nuclear non-proliferation shows a willingness to engage with the west in order to improve their economy.
An improved Iranian economy means they have more resources to devote to the anti-ISIS fight.
“Let’em Up Easy”
The sanctions worked.
Economic “war” won.
In relation to moving beyond the Civil War, Abraham Lincoln famously said about the vanquished confederates, “Let’em up easy, general.”
And, to engage in some pre-Chamberlain history, most seem to agree that the seeds of WWII were sown in part on the grounds of a very harsh post WWI treaty called Versailles where the vanquished enemy was economically destroyed to the point that Hitler was given a voice.
What hard evidence is there that Iran is materially intent on the nuclear destruction of Israel?
Should false, religiously-inspired rhetoric be allowed to subjugate US strategic policy in the fight against ISIS?
The Iran Deal should be given a chance to work because step one, the sanctions, worked and the world, and our strategic partners, will be watching.
Iranâ€™s ISIS policy DINA ESFANDIARY AND ARIANE TABATABAI