What’s Going On?
The United States, Iran, and other world powers have announced a historic deal to curb Iran’s nuclear program. In the meantime, some members of Congress are threatening to sabotage the deal. If they get their way, it would put us back on the path to confrontation with Iran and increase the possibility of war.
What Can I Do?
The Nation has consistently called attention to the dangers we face if we reject diplomacy with Iran. Shortly after the deal was announced, the magazine called the accord a “victory for all who favor patient, sometimes frustrating diplomacy over those who favor confrontation, even war,” and lauded its potential to transform US-Iran relations. At TheNation.com, James Carden wrote about Secretary of State John Kerry’s defense of the deal, as well as the effort by hawks to kill it. Back in early July, Ali Gharib wrote about a fear-mongering video released by Benjamin Netanyahu’s office that compares Iran to ISIS and seems geared toward convincing members of the United States Congress to reject the deal. Finally, in April, Michael T. Klare outlined the importance of a deal with Iran and the dangers we face if it falls through: “It would increase the likelihood of crisis and war,” he wrote about the possibility of failure, “and it would discredit diplomacy and compromise, while emboldening those on all sides who prefer the use of military force.”