A HISTORIC MISTAKE?

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A HISTORIC MISTAKE?

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international-datelineThe recent nuclear agreement made between China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom, Germany, and the United States with Iran, which still needs final acceptance from the National Security Council, hardliners in Iran and the US Congress, is critical to the world.

Iran has agreed a long-term nuclear deal to limit its nuclear activities in return for the lifting of crippling sanctions.

But the nuclear deal was met with deep wariness in the Arab world. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said, the deal is a “historic mistake,” in every area where it was supposed to prevent Iran achieving nuclear arms capability, there were huge compromises.”  The world is a much more dangerous place today than it was yesterday, he said.

Saudi Arabia and hardliners within Iran have considered the nuclear deal a very bad idea. The agreement would not change Iran’s support and wide involvement in wars in Syria, Iraq, Bahrain, Yemen, Lebanon and Palestine. Where will Iran spend its surplus then? Deal or no deal, tension in the region is not going to go away, said a professor at United Arab Emirates University.

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Arab countries have shown doubt that an agreement would also stop Iran from building a weapon.  Sunni hard-liners in the region were convinced the deal signals U.S. approval to the spread of Iranian power. It is being said, that both the West and the East have bowed down to Iran.

For ordinary Iranians, the most important issue is whether the lifting of sanctions, will improve their daily lives.  The Iranian economy is confined by aging infrastructure, poor management and widespread corruption. The deal was focused on the nuclear program but deliberately overlook Iran’s regional violations and internal violations against human and civil rights.

Will Iran stick to the deal or cheat on it?  When the economic sanctions are lifted, there is no reason for the Iranian ruling establishment to continue committing themselves to the agreement.

Did Obama commit a mistake when he accepted the Iranian proposal?

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Despite tensions between the United States and China over the South China Sea, China participates in the world’s largest international maritime exercise, RIMPAC 2014, which is hosted biannually by the U.S. Pacific Command. The drills allowed China to learn a great deal about U.S. tactics, techniques and procedures.

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It’s okay to be a nobody, if in all you do, you serve Somebody. (By Edgar Allan J. Tac-an)

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