US-Iran Nuclear agreement, despite criticism it’s a win-win

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GOOD DEAL: US President Barack Obama has aggressively defended the accord

The recent US-Iran agreement to ensure the latter’s pursuing of nuclear energy is for peaceful means rather than for the acquisition of a deadly nuclear bomb has been received by both condemnation and kudos alike.

Many are still doubtful whether this will be it, or rather say, whether this ends the much tension that has existed between Iran and the west for decades.

While I will be inclined to state that this is the best positive alternative there is, it is also the most relevant for a world today where military might, as we may all agree, has ceased to be the ultimate sign of power and respect.

This move demonstrates a new chapter in American diplomacy, not because it has not existed before, for we know for sure that, President J. F. Kennedy was able to strike a potentially relevant understanding with the Soviet government, a much formidable rival than Iran.

The Kennedy-Soviet deal eased decades-long tensions between Western powers and the Soviet Union, the tensions that had not only threatened the demise of this planet by a nuclear war, but also a situation that many had believed would have no alternative to the realization of peace without a war.

With the current US status as the world’s military power, resorting to diplomatic means with a nation such as Iran helps change the way the United States is perceived around the world especially in the “stubborn” Arab world; that America is natural aggressor.

There are many equally relevant deductions that make this deal the best option among them being the fact that many people, both Iranians and Americans and many others all over the world alike, find this option more rewarding.

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WE WILL HONOR OUR COMMITMENTS: Hassan Rouhani vowed Iran will stick to its promises as per the agreement

It is rewarding because it’s a sign of respect of national sovereignty; where Iran is let to decide on its way forward. By agreeing to this deal, Iran signaled it’s no longer the world’s pariah but a nation that is ready to rejoin the community of ‘rational’ nations.

Obviously, as many skeptics have argued, it remains to be seen whether or not Iran means business, will it open its nuclear facilities to international cameras? Will it cooperate with international monitors as the deal stipulates?  We will see!

As evidenced by the jubilations on Tehran streets upon the announcement of the agreement, Iranians are tired of crippling sanctions. They want to live their lives as they please.

With that said, I will revisit President Obama’s remarks on the morning of April 4, while giving his weekly address to the nation when he stated that, out of the available three options, namely, bombing Iran’s nuclear facilities, abandoning negotiations and hoping for the best of sanctions and lastly coming to a deal like the one that is yet to be finalized.

I will agree with the president that bombing Iran’s nuclear facilities sure would mean another war in the Middle East, and it will not only stop at that, but will exacerbate the existing tensions and mistrust between the Arab World and the West.

Another war in the Arab World would perhaps precipitate more acts of terrorism that define the major character of the overwhelming kinds of conflicts presently the world over.

The use of sanctions, we will agree do not in anyway, maybe to a smaller extent directly affect the targeted leaders in most cases, but rather directly affect ordinary Iranians as the already limping economy is hit further. Leaders are likely to find resources to keep them going.

This leaves me to wonder whether such sanctions once imposed are intended to punish Iranian leadership or ordinary Iranians. And although we know that whereas they are likely to cause dissent and maybe lead to regime change, we also know that that could only be possible in a purely democratic nation, and not in countries like Iran.

Therefore, the use of diplomacy emerges as the ultimate option, not only with respect to Iran but also to many other similar tensions that do exist between nations today including, but not limited to Russia and the West.

It should therefore be a necessity that such means exist to dissuade major powers from using or misusing military force, force like we have seen in many countries where it has been used, brings disaster and never ending civil wars that further destabilize the targeted governments, their people and neighbouring countries alike.

There are existing examples which include Iraq, Egypt, Libya and many others whose deposed leaders with the support of some of the western powers have turned out worse for the citizens of these nations and to a greater extent leading to the infiltration of acts of terrorism that are causing further chaotic situations.

I think that it would equally be important for a similar courtesy to be applied to many known non democratic African regimes where the realization of human rights respect as well as other inhuman ways of treating those opposed to leaders of such nations are not blindly noticed but rather acknowledged and dealt with in a diplomatic way.

Although it is strategically important for powerful nations to have alliances across the world, encouraging such allies to respect human dignity and the international instruments is a necessity.

If US can do business with countries like Egypt (give it more than a billion dollars in aid annually) , or Uganda, or Saudi Arabia, where human and women’s rights violations are rampant, then surely Iran deserves a chance.

Also as former US Ambassador to the United Nations, Bill Richardson said to American Television channel MSNBC on the night the deal was announced, if this deal is finally signed, there’s a likelihood that Iran oil will reach the International market, as a result, ordinary people all over the globe stand to benefit in form of lower prices at the pump, and also reduced commodity prices.

Echoing Ambassador Richardson’s sentiment, former UN Secretary General Koffi Annan thinks the agreement “will mark the beginning of a much improved relationship between Iran the international community and an opportunity to strengthen regional security cooperation among Middle East states”