Terrorist Ferocity Continues — will the incessant booming of the guns ever stop?
It is time for jubilation for ordinary Iranians affected by the Western sanctions which are set to go by the end of this June following an agreement yesterday whereby the country agreed to curtail its nuclear programme as a tradeoff.
US President Barack Obama, who oversaw the killing of Al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden in May 2011 but at times acts as though he is a kin of the slain terrorist, must be mightily pleased as well with the deal as it will open up the floodgates for American and other businesses to start pushing their ware to Iran.
Iran does deserve a shot at peaceful use of nuclear energy. Whether the agreement will ensure that or lead to nuclear proliferation, as Israeli President Benjamin Netanyahu fears, remains to be seen.
No Let-up in Violence: The deal comes amid continuing violence in the Islamic world:
- Yemen remains in control of the rebel Houthi group with periodical bombings from an allied force led by Saudi Arabia, a Sunni foe of Shiite Iran
- The massacre of around 150 students at the Kenyan University campus by militants believed to owe their allegiance to Al-Qaeda
The agreement of this nature cannot be based on trust alone and the expectation is that there will be constant scrutiny about Iran’s nuclear activities. If the West sees Iran straying from the agreement then the sanctions would be back.
How the West would ensure that by then no damage is done to global peace is anybody’s guess.
Let us not forget that fundamentalism, including advocating killing and violence, has been a nagging problem with Iran.
Satanic Verses: British author Salman Rushdie lost his right to a normal life after Iranian Muslim leader Ayatollah Khomeini issued a death edict in 1989 against him over his book, Satanic Verses. His life turned upside down with the fatwa and he has been in hiding since then.
Right now let us believe that good sense has prevailed among Iran and the signatories to the nuclear agreement enabled by compassion for the ordinary people in that country who had been put to pain and economic hardships because of the sanctions.
G Joslin Vethakumar