I have not read the 159 page deal that the US State Department recently struck with Iran to lift sanctions on their nuclear program. I am leaving it up to my congressman to ultimately decide if it is good or not, though I do hope that it is a good agreement, as I want every nation to succeed, as long as they have good intentions, which brings me to the one provision that I am sure is not in this pact, though it would be the one item that I would hold out for above all others.
I propose that for the US to lift sanctions on Iran, no Iranian government official may publicly threaten America or any of its allies. If anyone is caught doing this, and it shows up in a single newspaper or broadcast, then that official must publicly recant the statement or immediately lose his position in the government. It is one thing to have hushed conversations behind closed doors, but those things should not be said to the public by people in power without being challenged.
The government leaders in Iran have made it a practice to demonize America for decades, purely for political gain. They have trained the Iranian public to hate the United States and many of our allies and threaten war at every turn. This is all well and good as far as political theater goes, but it has been going on for so long that I am afraid the Iranian people have actually bought into it. There are 30 year olds who have been participating in mass “Death to America” chants since birth.
I think that the politicians in Iran are smart enough to realize that no good can come from engaging America in a war, but as the older population ages out, and these new, radicalized youth take control of the country, there will be enough lunatics in power that they will actually try something deadly. We need to ensure that the next generation of Iranians has not been brought up in this culture of hate.
If a 5 year old in America heard Barrack Obama say that China is the devil and needed to be bombed to ash in front of a crowd of 1,000 people, it would have a pretty deep effect on what that child believes as he grows up. Our goal should not necessarily be to stop Iran from having the capability to launch a nuclear attack against the US; so much as it should be to ensure that the people of Iran would never stand for such an attack.