Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Opponents of Iran deal need to quiet down


    It really seems that the United States and a number of other Western powers will come to some form of nuclear agreement with Iran, despite the pained squawks of dismay being belted out from the sidelines by Israel and the various Arab royal families along the Persian Gulf. Neither the much-exaggerated influence of the fabled “Jewish Lobby” nor the supposedly powerful heft of Saudi “petro dollars” has been able to derail this particular diplomatic train. About all Netanyahu and the Saudi royals can do now in response is to make insufferable pests of themselves.
    One is reminded of the boiling controversy that erupted back in 1970 and 1971 when Nixon and Kissinger were making diplomatic contacts with the Chinese mainland. Nationalist China’s friends in Congress attempted desperately to sabotage this opening to Mao’s regime, but to absolutely no long-term avail. The Beijing government simply could not be ignored or isolated any longer. The same thing seems to be true today with regard to the Islamic Republic of Iran. It is not really possible to strangle or quarantine into submission a large-enough country. Team Obama and its trans-Atlantic helpmates are smart enough to recognize that fact.
    Both America and Europe are going to “normalize” their relationship with Iran, in spite of objections from Jerusalem and Riyadh. It serves the broad strategic interests of the trans-Atlantic ruling class to be on better terms with Tehran. Opponents of the deal will just have to accept it.
Frank Goheen
Camas, Wash.

 




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