Regions / Iran
Trying to defend a state with illegal nuclear weapons over one with none is a recipe for disaster.
Ethics aside, democracy promotion in Iran would take too long to prevent an attack by the West.
War fever has broken -- temporarily anyway.
If the West can provide Iran the space to compromise on its nuclear program, the upcoming Baghdad talks just might yield a breakthrough.
Shrill rhetoric on Iran divides Israel.
Meanwhile, enriched uranium is Iran's coin of the international realm.
The West needs to give states with weak institutions space while they sabotage their own nuclear-weapons scientists by micro-managing and strong-arming them.
The Obama administration has drunk the right-wing Kool-aid about Iran sowing the seeds of terror in Latin America.
As Iran comes under increasing pressure from the international community to end its nuclear program, the possibility that the government of Iran will agree to a compromise has grown considerably, as the regime prioritizes survival above all else.
The success of future nuclear talks between Iran and the West will depend in part on whether the West is able to treat Iran as an equal in word as well as in deed.