Rouhani is a disaster!
Rouhani is the messiah!
How about balance, the shades of gray?
Ever since we established this blog it has struck us as unfortunate that what we loosely call “the media” has so much difficulty seeing the in-between when it comes to Iran.
Since we’re talking about opinions here, the inclination would be to brush off our wonder. But think about it for a moment: the P5+1 – which certainly maintain conflicting agendas – have been able to reach a kind of bipartisan position. So has the European Union, which must obtain the consent of 27 sovereign countries before it agrees on a common position – not to mention adopt sanctions.
Western parliaments, on the whole, have also been able to agree on the essence of the crisis with Iran. The US Congress is perhaps the toughest in this context – and yet it, too, has demonstrated a remarkable ability to preserve a bipartisan tenor.
Somehow this balance of judgment simply does not permeate the world of opinion. When the sanctions issue took the think tank world by storm a few months ago, it was basically a hung jury: except for the Atlantic Council, which at least took a stab at balance, all the rest just flew off the cliff, singing in unison the praises of diplomacy without sanctions.
Then along came the containment tsunami, with the same result: forget sanctions, forget force, just cap the Iranians at 20% uranium enrichment and hope to box them in.
On such a complicated issue a more balanced approach is in order; each “side” should at least listen to what the other has to say. We’ve tried to reflect this in the list of tweeters – a particularly partisan world – that we’re following. We encourage readers to do the same.