I won't bore you with reasons for the dry patch. I will only say that the present moment screams for a posting. We have not come this close to a "re-set" with Iran at any time during the past fifty years or more.
So now, this is where push comes to shove (the push being peaceniks like myself, and the shove being those who want to perpetuate the isolation and demonization of Iran). This is where the rubber meets the road. This is Judgment Day -- that great-gettin'-morning when the sheep of gentleness and understanding are separated from the goats of xenophobic saber-rattling.
Talks last November led to a preliminary agreement. Further talks yielded the outlines of a next-step. President Obama called his Iranian counterpart on the telephone, and President Rouhani decided to attend the Davos conference. UN inspectors were allowed to visit the Arak heavy-water plant, for the first time in two years.
Many a slip twixt the cup and the lip, but this time we might see daylight at the end of the tunnel, if no one brings a locomotive from the other direction. How can that black, fire-breathing beast be kept out of the tunnel (which only has one track)?
Posts from here on out will concern three things:
- The people on both sides who live and breathe, dream and hope -- they are the reason I started this blog.
- The details of the process that may not make it onto the front page in your local page, or onto the websites that you frequent.
- The ways in which regular people are making a difference -- ways to put many tiny weights on the side of the scale that heads toward a sustainable resolution of the nuclear issue, to counter the big thumb that certain elements have been using to pull the scales toward armageddon.