peonyandbee replied to your photo: Joyful Iranians dance into the night after nuclear breakthrough:
Saw footage of this last night. I have so many mixed emotions about this whole thing.
I have mixed emotions too, for three reasons: First, this isn’t finalized yet. The negotiators have made significant progress and agreed on the general shape of the deal, but the details have yet to be decided and the deal has yet to be confirmed by all parties involved. So I’m cautious about getting too excited yet.
Second, I’m a bit surprised and impressed that President Obama—who in so many ways has continued and expanded on his predecessor’s hawkish foreign policy—has effectively pursued a deal which looks likely to avoid war and remove sanctions on Iran.
And, to be clear, both of those potential outcomes are very good things. War with Iran would be beyond disastrous, and the heavy sanctions our government has imposed on Iran for years have been far more hurtful to the average Iranian than their leaders. (As I reported back in 2012, as least one Iranian child died from preventable causes because sanctions made it impossible to get him hemophilia medicines.) This is what always happens when sanctions are applied to nations in which citizens have little control over their government: The poor are deprived while the wealthy and well-connected get all the black market imports they want.
But third, I’m incredibly frustrated with those who appear to oppose this deal entirely because Obama supports it. (The alternative motive is that they oppose it because they really want to go to war, but I suppose I hope that petty political reactionism is a more common motivation than sheer blood lust.) I don’t think anyone can make the case that I’m an uncritical cheerleader for the president, particularly where foreign policy is concerned, but from what I know so far this seems to be a case where credit is due: Diplomacy is good. Not going to war is good. Not making life more difficult and expensive for the average Iranian is good. And if this deal successfully shuts down calls for war, I won’t be dancing in the streets too only because I’m not really a dancer.