Cross-posted from Leon’s Op-Ed.
The battle over whether the Iran negotiations go forward or are forced to fail is bigger than the terms of any “deal.” An agreement won’t decide any of the great issues of our time, but it bears on which way the world will turn in this century.
The United States, Russia, China, France, Britain, Germany and Iran are at the table negotiating a difficult issue. Sadly, that’s a rare phenomenon in a world torn by chaotic violence, wars, big power rivalries, and fears of worse to come. Negotiations and cooperation could be viewed as a sign of hope, one small step toward coming together on humanity’s most unavoidable challenges: climate change and the threat of nuclear war.