Other Voices | Wednesdays War: Iran Deal – Two Supreme Leaders Threatened by Peace

Published on Jul 9, 2015

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Supreme Leader of the Republican-controlled United States Congress, can’t quite get his brain around the idea that the United States may actually normalize relations with a country in the Middle East, the Islamic Republic of Iran, without his permission.

From Netanyahu’s point of view, how is he supposed to get an invitation to address another Joint Session of Congress, or win another election in Israel, if he can’t credibly raise the spectre of Iran as an “existential threat” to Israel as he’s done since 1992?

Grand Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Supreme Leader of Iran, can’t quite imagine keeping a theological grip on his youthful, exuberant, and restless population if peace breaks out between the United States and Iran. From the Ayatollah’s point of view, how is he going to keep his people going to prayers five times a day after they’ve seen Lady Gaga, the Kardashians, and Louis CK?

As of this writing, there is no deal between the US (plus UK, France, Germany, China, and Russia) and Iran. The fact that the parties are still talking is a sign that there’s enough goodwill amongst them to keep the process going. It’s entirely possible it may go on for a while longer … and then some.

Indeed, the more I look at the entire Iran Deal roadshow from Lausanne, Switzerland to Vienna, Austria … the more I become convinced it may not matter that much what happens. Continue reading………