Critics of the Iran nuclear deal may harbor some justification in their complaints, but no one criticizes the Iranian people. Despite years of denigration (rallies organized around the chant “Death to America” comes to mind) by their autocratic government, the Iranian public remains one of the most pro-American in the Middle East. Unlike fully Arab nations, Iran is known for its Persian influences as well as a liking for blue jeans and Big Macs.
That’s one reason why the religious and military leaders of Iran fear their own people. Their power does not reside in a groundswell of approval but rather brute force. Whether the current form of government remains exactly the same for 10-to-15 years is an open question.
President Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry are correct in describing the idea of waiting for a better “unicorn” deal as a fallacy. No nation would ever agree to open its military facilities for investigation in full instant access. We need to remember that all peoples possess a certain amount of inherent pride. In many ways, the success of the negotiations with Iran is a minor miracle. The Iranians went further than anyone anticipated at the onset, and President Obama should be praised for the way he leveraged increased sanctions to bring Iran to the table. That both governments crossed so many “red lines” is a tribute to the seriousness of Iran’s leaders to improve the lot of their people.