Why a Nuclear Deal with Iran will benefit the International Community and the Region

  has an excellent article in the Guardian outlining  how and why a nuclear deal with Iran will benefit the international community.   He just returned from a trip to Iran, and like other recent travelers,  noticed the changes that have taken place in Iran since Rouhani’s election,  and the overall stability of the country  in the sea of Middle East turmoil: “No one in their right mind would undertake a comparable journey nowadays inside the borders of any of Iran’s war-torn neighbours: Iraq, Afghanistan, or, a bit further afield, Syria. Iran is the exception along the Middle East’s strategic, resource-rich central belt, a functioning nation state where the central authorities enjoy a monopoly of force, the infrastructure works and the people are overwhelmingly literate and unarmed. Perhaps most significant of all, as capo di tutti capi of the Shia world – wielding clout over its co-religionists in Iraq and Lebanon as well as propping up Bashar al-Assad with military assistance and subsidized oil – Iran could have a vital role in restoring stability throughout Mesopotamia and the Levant.”

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