We’ve heard nothing but positive news coming out of Europe in recent weeks, with Iran and the P5+1 agreeing on a framework for nuclear negotiations in Vienna and Western firms increasingly opting for a piece of the Iranian economic pie.
The Huffington Post recently published a rosy op-ed by Amir Handjani painting a bright future for Iranian-American relations, keeping in mind that “an Iran that is able to buy American goods and services directly from American companies could eventually become the US largest trading partner in the Middle East.”
And yet, it becomes increasingly apparent that the Western public’s trust in Iran, far from being restored, is still very shaky.
A new Gallup poll, showed that the American public perceives Iran’s nuclear program as the second-greatest threat to the United States, with international terrorism bypassing it by a mere one percent. 76 percent of respondents said they thought “development of nuclear weapons by Iran” was a critical threat, while 77 percent said the same of global terrorism.
The publication of the survey shows that the American public still perceives Iran as a significant threat to the security of their country, more than a trustworthy negotiating partner. The public, neutralized from economic interests, seems to see more clearly than influenced media and interested parties. There is some value to democracy after all.
This leads us to the media inclination – to prefer the vision of upper class interested parties, over the simple clarity of vision of the public. Even if the media neglects these aspects, the average American can still expect their elected leaders to keep this in mind.