U.S, Iran on speaking terms for first time since 1979
Published: Monday, September 30, 2013
Updated: Monday, September 30, 2013 00:09
For the first time in decades, the United States and Iran are speaking diplomatically.
Right before the U.S. went on the warpath again in the Middle East, Russian President Vladimir Putin stepped in to help reach a compromise that excluded immediate military operations.
Hopefully, peaceful solutions are really going to work in the region.
I think Americans will look at these new peace talks hesitantly and cautiously, as they should, but this could be a sign of what Americans have been looking for: progress in the Middle East.
President Obama and Iranian President Rouhani spoke on the phone last week in what was the first conversation between leaders of the United States and Iran since the 1970s.
While the president in Iran is not the supreme leader of the country, the conversation is a good sign of foreign diplomacy, especially in such a controversial area.
This new diplomacy will hopefully bring an end to a terrifying scene in the Middle East, where Iran is believed to be in the process of making nuclear weapons.
While the Iranian government claims that their nuclear technology is only for energy, many western countries believe otherwise.
Another hot topic in the Middle East, Syria, made some progress last week.
After the U.S. threatened to attack Syrian President Bashar al-Assad for chemical weapons use, Russia stepped in to prevent a military strike and to help forge a compromise.
The U.N. Security Council unanimously voted to secure and destroy Syria’s chemical weapons.
These current events don’t take the Iranian threat away or stop a war in Syria that has killed more than 100,000 civilians and displaced millions, but they are a weary, cautious step in the right direction for the United States and the Middle East.
While Americans should hope for the best in light of these new developments, we should still prepare for the worst.