Benefits of a US-Iran Partnership

The US must not miss the opening right before us for agreements with Iran that would bring economic benefits to both nations. Such a partnership seems possible because the nuclear negotiations have been extended, and Iran is in compliance with dramatic demands for intrusive inspections by beefed up U.N. inspection teams.

The greatest benefit so far to the U.S. and Iran is that negotiations have forestalled military action advocated by hawks, which could have sparked a regional war. The US has far more to gain with Iran as an ally than an adversary.

Iran’s population of 60 million people is a huge untapped market that is not yet open to US businesses, although European industries are moving in to establish trade. America’s ranchers and farmers would benefit from trade with Iran, because that country will buy meat and wheat, as well as other products common in our society.

Despite the historic tensions between our countries, the Iranian people remain pro-U.S. and pro-western. On the evening of the 9/11 terrorist attack on the US, a candlelight vigil in Tehran, Iran, gathered some 10,000 participants in a spontaneous outpouring of sympathy for the death and destruction caused by the attacks.

Iran is not only the oldest culture in the world, it is also the most sophisticated and western in the Middle East. Education and literacy rates in Iran are the highest in the Middle East, and the education of women is not controversial. Iran’s universities currently graduate more women than men.

Iran’s formidable size, population, regional influence, as well as common interests with the US in stability in the region, make an accord with Iran a step beneficial to both nations.

Nathanial Batchelder is director of the Oklahoma City Peace House and is a member of Americans Against the Next War (AANW).

20 thoughts on “Benefits of a US-Iran Partnership”

  1. Well said Nathaniel. However given the mental retardation that infects most of US foreign policy, chances are about slim and next to none that any form of détente with Iran might happen. But this is a brand new year and hope springs if not eternal.

    1. Be specific! The Israelis and their Agents in the Congress are trying their most to sabotage any rapprochement with Iran. All that Kabuki Theater from Israel over the last 25 years, "Iran is building Nukes, we must attack now". Joesph Goebbels would be proud of the constant lies from Israel.

  2. It is time the USA form a partnership with Iran. AIPAC is too powerful and won't let that happen. We would benefit by trading and so would Iran. Ending the sanctions would help their economy. It would be like ending the embargo on Cuba.

  3. The writer is hopeful that the nuclear negotiations with Iran have been extended. I see the opposite as the case. As a concerned armchair observer, I thought it was imperative that an agreement be reached before Obama's party lost control of the Senate. Now, since any agreement must be ratified by the Senate, I see the maniacs in both parties voting it down, and the republicans will do it out of spite. Remember that there were 17 democrats who signed onto the Nuclear Weapon Free Iran Act last year, and all republicans did save two (Paul and Flake).

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  5. The writer is hopeful that the nuclear negotiations with Iran have been extended. I see the opposite as the case. As a concerned armchair observer, I thought it was imperative that an agreement be reached before Obama's party lost control of the Senate. Now, since any agreement must be ratified by the Senate, I see the maniacs in both parties voting it down, and the republicans will do it out of spite. Remember that there were 17 democrats who signed onto the Nuclear Weapon Free Iran Act last year, and all republicans did save two (Paul and Flake).

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