The Nuclear Deal with Iran: The Internal Struggle for Identity

David Ignatius of the Washington Post has traveled to Iran to measure Iranian reactions to the latest nuclear accord with the West.  In his interviews with various Iranians,  he manages to get a rare interview with the  editor of a hardline daily called Kayhan.   The editor has a history of sabotaging any initiative that seeks to normalize relations with the United States,  because “the identity of both sides is involved in this conflict…It didn’t ‘just happen.’ It is structural. The problem will be solved when one side gives up its identity, only then.”  Yet,   hardliners like him conveniently ignore how they economically have benefitted from prolongation of this so-called “identity crisis.”

 

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