The arrogance of P5+1 negotiations with Iran is now biting back. On the brink of diplomatic failure, Arab League members led by Saudi Arabia are fighting made and taking the punch to Iranian surrogates in an open proxy war that is enveloping the Middle East. Say so long to democratic pluralism as the lines are drawn in the sand.
The most important parties were missing from the negotiating table: Arabs and Israelis. That was a missed opportunity because, believe it or not, Arabs and Israelis have a lot in common, beginning with economic interests, in addition to technology development that can transform Arab nations from oil to renewable energy. Attending all that is required to make desert locations sustainable is at the top of the regional agenda.
Rogue states and fanatical extremism are at the opposite pole from collaboration and consensus building that is essential for the way forward. Modern nation states must find solutions to balancing cultural preservation with economic sustainability.
Iran’s pursuit of nuclear development isn’t just about weapons. It is right on path to their trying to become self sustaining. Perhaps they have not learned the lesson that other nations have about nuclear power. It is so problematic and dangerous that it cannot be a part of long term power solutions. Unless, there are technology breakthroughs that can neutralize and manage the waste product, nuclear power is a dead end.
““There is a disbelief in the Arab world that these negotiations are only about the nuclear file, and a frequent complaint here is that we are kept in the dark, we are not consulted,” said Gamal Abdel Gawad Soltan, a political scientist at the American University in Cairo. “The U.S. is much less trusted as an ally, as an insurance policy towards the security threats facing the governments in the region, and so those governments decide to act on their own.”
President Obama has argued that a verifiable deal is the best way to secure the Arab states because it is the most effective way to ensure that Iran does not obtain a nuclear bomb. Even military action to take out Iran’s nuclear facilities, the Obama administration argues, would set it back only temporarily.”
The way ahead with members of the Arab League is through direct dealings and trading partnerships. Keeping them in the dark is a non starter as is negotiating with Iran.