When the protein of “Israeli and Saudi leaders jointly condemn…,” is served with a side of “US Red and Blue Hawk’s find commonality…,” it points to a recipe for disaster before the oven timer ever goes off as formerly opposing camps suddenly unite in condemning a meal before one bite has been taken. We are talking, after all, about nuclear proliferation here, and the quashed potential of an eventual effective deal with Iran, whether it begins with this step or not, is a much bigger travesty than an uneaten rack of lamb in the entrée round of “Chopped.” And let’s be clear here, the only latitude to be given is for Israel, the US and the rest of the world to be invested in the legitimacy and enforceability of an eventual treaty as a viable alternative to “Bomb, bomb, bomb. Bomb, bomb Iran.”
Once the the six month period of this agreement has come and gone or if future sanctions derail it all together, these hastily formed, reactionary alliances between former enemies will fracture as our ideological differences come back out of hiding and the infighting resumes, as does Iran’s nuclear agenda.
Even the weekly battlefield of the Sunday talk shows reached a sort of awkward detente of bipartisan skepticism with un-dovey Republican’s now being lovey dovey with ultra-blue Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) after he said in a written statement. “I am disappointed by the terms of the agreement between Iran and the P5+1 nations because it does not seem proportional.” But unless you believe France, Great Britain, Germany, China and Russia are also simply playing along in an elaborate public relation’s campaign to shore up President Obama’s sinking poll numbers, it will be difficult to believe that Senator Schumer will also on board with Rep. John Cornyn (T-TX) who reduced the deal in a tweet as simply a distraction from the botched Affordable Care Act roll out.
On the other side of the globe, if the current Iranian regime was not Shi’a backed but made of fellow Sunni’s, would newly discovered common ground between Saudi Sheiks and Israeli hawks be seen as anything but the most temporary thaw is the mother of all cold wars?
So ding-dong, Ahmadinejad is gone, but that does not mean it’s safer yet to come out and play. In terms of alliances to be greeted with caution, there are few higher on the list than that of his successor, Hassan Rouhani, suddenly being our fellow champion for world peace. There is plenty of room for skepticism but that becomes unhealthy when in our quest to be right, we stopping applying it to those suddenly agreeing with us to reinforce our position without anyone getting to the question: how can we end this peacefully.
The “else” in the “our way or else” fueling the hard line can’t end well for anyone and the stakes are way too high to become the ball in an international game of political chicken that is more likely to result in the generation of launch codes then a disarmed Iran. Should this deal be side lined all together while keeping open an even more meaningful dialogue on the international stage that ultimately lead us there, it reminds us diplomacy is a process, not a destination. The dangers is getting so caught up in the pitfalls of this deal that we never graduate onto crafting one with the kind of conditions and transparency that will allow mothers and fathers in Terra Haute and Tel Aviv sleep at night. Given the alternative is “Shock and Awe” over Tehran, give ‘Shalom’ a chance. Peace.