Courageous Move of the Century

"If you think the war in Iraq was hard, an attack on Iran would, in my opinion, be a catastrophe," said the former Defense Secretary Bob Gates. From the start, Iran insisted that its nuclear program was for peaceful purposes. American and Iranian leaders deserve recognition for acting rationally in resolving the nuclear issues with an international agreement. As a United States presidential candidate in the 2007 Democratic primary debate, Mr. Obama expressed his willingness to meet with Iranian leaders without any preconditions. The United States President Obama fulfilled his first inaugural address’ commitment when he said, "extend a hand if you are willing to unclench your fist." 
The deal is mutually beneficial to all parties. The world powers persuaded Iran to dismantle most of its nuclear program, reduce its number of the centrifuges by about 70 percent, limit its stockpile of enriched uranium to only 2 percent, stop its production of weapon grade plutonium at Arak, and turn its deeply buried nuclear facility into a research center at Fordow. In exchange, Iran gets the relief of economic sanctions, the $100 billion in frozen assets, the lifting of international arms embargo, and the continuing of nuclear research and development for peaceful purposes.
“The Iran nuclear deal is a good one for all concerned,” said Mary Ellen O’Connell, a research professor of international dispute resolution at the University of Notre Dame. “And it is certainly not a unilateral agreement where the United States could impose terms. Part of the deal is that the U.N. Security Council will lift sanctions on Iran.
Most importantly, the deal has opened the channel of communication between the world powers and the regional power of Iran to resolve other issues including ISIS in the Middle East. It is expected that there will be opposition from some Republicans. However, American history is filled with examples of great diplomatic agreements such as the Treaty of Versailles (1919), Strategic Arms Limitation Talk (1972), and Strategic Arms Limitation Talk (1979) that were opposed by many Republicans. They are all now heralded as great American accomplishments. The landmark agreement with Iran on nuclear program will also be looked back at as a great American undertaking.

Dr. Mehdi Alavi, President
Peace Worldwide Organization

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