|Iran's new jester of peace will it be|
welcomed by America and Israel ?
After so many years Iran's new president, Hassan Rouhani, declared that "peace is within reach ". I welcome that , because the last Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad whoes own rhetoric was vary terrifying that borrowed heavily from a Nazi playbook . Ahmadinejad was reportedly arrested over the summer for various offenses , to the west it may have been welcoming news . Iran for the most part has been a misunderstood country since the Iranian Revolution in some part took the American hostages . I remember those 444 days that gripped our nation . I was growing up back then watching how President Carter failed on all levels of diplomacy with the Iranian revolutionaries. The Carter years were for Americans deplorable . The Hostage taking was in fact the first terrorist act against America . Our nation has since then crafted Iran as an "axis of evil" , and Iran's ruling mullah's have been calling America the "great Satan" . It was a mini could war that was crafted for 40 years . Iran as far as I could conceive is the middle-east most modernized of all the so called Islamic theocracies . The Most "westernized" is Turkey , but Iran is not westernized in any sense of the word , but more productive toward Woman's rights , which America's best ally Saudi Arabia still wont allow a woman to drive a car. I have to say . I have Iranian friends who visit Iran , who come and go as they please . One thing they tell me is the America media has distorted their country . This bad press for Iran over the years may have been self inflicted , but Iranian's guard their Shia heritage . Shia,s are a separate sect Islam which Iranians are mostly members of , the Shia are a Islamic minority , often subject to persecution by Sunni Muslims . The Iranian president, elected in June, was speaking a few hours Barack Obama had stood at the same podium and pledged to focus his administration's foreign policy in its remaining three years on the Middle East, particularly on reaching a diplomatic settlement in Iran. In a near staccato burst of pronouncements, statements and speeches by the new president, Hassan Rouhani; his foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif; and even the supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the leadership has sent Rosh Hashana greetings to Jews worldwide via Twitter, released political prisoners, exchanged letters with President Obama, praised “flexibility” in negotiations and transferred responsibility for nuclear negotiations from the conservatives in the military to the Foreign Ministry. Still, Rouhani's comments on Jews, for all their remarkable amicability, have been at times awkward and even equivocal, undercutting his message and raising concerns among skeptics who worry that he may not be all he seems. In this way, his steps and missteps on reaching out to Jews have been symbolic and symptomatic of his larger effort toward the West -- and of the divide Rouhani is creating among those in the West who do and do not take his outreach as genuine.President Obama said he and the Iranian leader directed their teams to "continue working expeditiously" in cooperation with the P5+1 group of nations to pursue an agreement.Even with the history of mistrust between the U.S. and Iran, Obama said, steps taken so far could offer hope for resolving the dispute over Iran's nuclear program. "We are mindful of all the challenges ahead. The very fact that this was the first communication between an American and an Iranian president since 1979 underscores the deep mistrust between our countries, but it also indicates the prospect of moving beyond that difficult history," said Obama.
NOTES AND COMMENTS:
Israelis and their government have taken a cautionary approach to any Iranian peace plan . I believe it's time to create peace for both Israelis and Arabs . Iran holds all the cards. and it is crucial for America to have Iranian support . Tearing down the wall of decades of name calling and warmongering is now also in Obama's court . Lets hope President Obama won't screw thus opportunity up , but it's sure time for a little peace in the middle-east.