An agreement has finally been struck where Iran gets to realize its long lived dream of going nuclear, while President Obama lands a history in the making deal to feather his presidential record cap with. Truly a win, win for both of them. For the rest of the world, it remains to be seen.
The pact involves the U.S. and other participating countries giving lots and lots of money (upwards of 100 billion dollars) to Iran, while immediately lifting all economic sanctions. It also, according to Mark Thiesson’s Washington Post column, “does not require Iran to dismantle or destroy any of its nuclear facilities, allow snap inspections, stop enrichment, stop research and development on advanced centrifuges or stop the development of intercontinental ballistic missiles.”
Hmmm, so what does Iran have to do in return? Merely promise not to expand their nuclear program in to weaponry. Oh, and they get to keep all the money we are giving them today, even if they cheat down the road and what little enforcement measures that are in place to prevent them from getting a bomb expire in 10 years.
It seems then we are left with trusting that this state sponsor of terrorism with a long and deep hatred for the United States and who repeatedly calls for the annihilation of Israel, is acting in good faith by saying they have no intentions of developing nuclear weapons. The streets of Tehran I’m sure are boisterous with celebration this evening.
Trust is a small word with big meaning and one of the best ways of measuring it is by observing how a person acts on a daily basis. Let’s take a look then at how the people we just struck a momentous deal with govern their own country. Currently in Iran:
Women are treated atrociously and not afforded basic civil rights. They are routinely forced in to abusive marriages as young as 8 and must submit to their husband’s decisions in even the most miniscule areas of their life. Women can also be hung for defending themselves from a rapist or they face accusations of “adultery” punishable by stoning if they try to get the rapist arrested.
Being gay is a crime and it’s estimated that between 4000-6000 Iranian gays and lesbians have been killed for the charge of having sex with someone of the same gender. Forced sex change operations are also rampant in Iran as the regime solves it’s “gay problem” by either killing them or forcing gender change.
There is no freedom of religion. The punishment for converting from Islam to any other religion is death. People are also routinely executed for things like “waging war against God”, petty drug crimes and protesting the government.
There is no freedom of press either. An American journalist for the Washington Post has sat in an Iranian jail cell for almost 9 months and is set to go on secret trial for trumped up espionage and spying charges. Iran also holds the stature of being the world’s number one jailer of female journalists who suffer unspeakable crimes while in custody.
Oh and let’s not forget Iran has an official holiday of hate called Quds Day, which happened just last week during the height of the nuclear talks. This is when the entire country unites in festivities while chanting Death to America and Israel and burning our flag. Iran’s so called moderate President Rouhani participated along with other regime leaders we’ve been negotiating with.
The deal is now done, the ink barely dry and nothing less than the security of the entire planet lies in its outcome. President Obama says to trust him, that he won’t allow Iran to build a nuclear weapon. There’s that little word again, trust; loaded with even bigger meaning now that I’m thinking about my own President and whether or not I do. I decidedly don’t which to me is the saddest part of all.