Just what kind of blowback the Saudis will experience from their rash decision to strike in Yemen is impossible to know, but it's not hard to guess that, as with Washington's drive through "the gates of hell" in Iraq in 2003, it's unlikely to be whatever that country's rulers are now imagining.
If the United States Congress manages to kill the nuclear deal, international support for the sanctions that have brought Iran to the negotiating table will collapse, and the hardliners in Iran who want a nuclear bomb will be strengthened politically and emboldened to race for a bomb.
In a classic tale of unintended consequences, just about every time Washington has committed another blunder in the Middle East, Iran has stepped in to take advantage.
Iran has been one of Washington's chief antagonists for nearly four decades. But a broad deal to keep Tehran from building nuclear weapons has been reached. Alas, any accord will face significant opposition. Some Americans -- including many Republican members of Congress--fear peace more than war.
What if you looked beyond the images of Iran that flicker past on the nightly news? What if you knew that Iran was the birthplace of the revered Persian poet, Rumi and the first charter of human rights?
The United States understands the language of both immediate and strategic interests, and the Arab leaderships must speak this language fluently in light of the developments, and not with an archaic, rigid language.
When the United States began marathon negotiations with Iran over its nuclear program in the framework of the P5+1 nations, many observers anticipated that the U.S. would begin softening its stance toward Iran as its primary enemy in world politics. But that has not happened.
There's a real chance for change in relations here. We shouldn't let rhetoric put a nail in the coffin of trying to work a concrete deal come June -- and Congress shouldn't either.
If war were only "itself" -- the violence and horror, the conflagration and death -- it would be bad enough, but it's also an abstraction, a specific language of self-justifying righteousness that allows proponents to contemplate unleashing it not merely in physical but in moral safety.
Never before has Republican flailing been on such vivid display, nor has the right's disconnect from mainstream American opinion been more glaring. We should seize the moment and make the GOP pay a heavy price.
As an Iranian-American who was born and raised in America, yet with significant ties to the land where my parents, grandparents, and ancestors were born, my main intention is to provide a sense of perspective to anyone who may have an interest in the subject of Iran.
All sides deny that the two cases are linked, but there is worry that the fierce Israeli opposition to the U.S. and European framework agreement with Iran could force Washington to make an unethical trade-off.
Faced with the reality and complexity of human society, even the strictest ideologies and religions have to compromise. The streets of Teheran have witnessed an evolution from the parades of one religious truth a few decades ago, to yesterday's celebration of compromise.
It is truly appalling for Senator Mark Kirk to equate the Obama Administration's diplomacy with Nazi appeasement. As a Jewish-American, I am offended.
The Iranian nuclear framework is one which, if anything, is skewed towards US interests, while serving as an outline for a definitive agreement which, at the same time, could be palatable in Iran.
Should we give this hope for peace a chance? I believe Christians should answer yes. Here's why.