By: Joshua Junnier
As of September 2nd, 2015, President Obama has secured enough votes to ensure that his nuclear deal with Iran will survive the incredibly fierce Republican opposition it has faced since its inception. This is a monumental step towards peaceful interactions with Iran as well as the large majority of the Middle East, seemingly preventing armed conflict with the “rogue nation” of Iran.
The nuclear deal with Iran will promote peace in the Middle East by attempting to disarm the country of its nuclear capability. The deal further proposes the removing of trade sanctions by the UN and US, aiming to revitalize the Iranian economy while opening countless doors for relations with the once volatile country. This, of course, will have a major impact on the world and the way the west negotiates and perceives those that are regarded as our enemies. It also marks a landmark in non-violent solutions of diplomatic and ideological tensions, an improvement compared to the strong possibility of war that loomed over the area.
Prior to today the nuclear deal had seen fierce opposition from a unified Republican party that sought to completely eradicate the deal, fearing it would only escalate problems in the Middle East and remove the economic sanctions that kept Iran under control for so long. The republicans also believe that Iran gets the better half of this deal, claiming that UN and US inspectors inside Iranian facilities could fall prey to dishonesty at the hands of Iranian scientists and engineers. Still, despite these fears, the Democratic Party as well as President Obama have called this a victory considering how close the deal came to falling apart, crashing and burning, before it ever had a chance to promote peace. Despite the strife found in the US, the UN as well as several other countries in the world support the deal and urge US politicians to pass the deal in order to promote a more stable Middle East.
This deal could have an incredible impact on future negotiations with countries in the Middle East who view the US and the west in a similar light as to Iran, possibly working to remove or at least begin to repair the damaged relationship. While none can be certain about what the future holds, I personally believe that the Iran nuclear deal will begin to rebuild the bridge that was burnt long before the US engaged in armed conflict near the unstable region. Soon enough we’ll be able to see the impact of the deal’s passing, for now President Obama and his supporters will celebrate this victory.