The diplomats who ascended a mountain in Switzerland, crisscrossed cities from Paris, to London, to Berlin to Washington, DC - all while confronted and faced by naysayers and detractors from Washington, DC to Tel Aviv, finally agreed yesterday on a framework for a final deal to curb Iran's possession of a nuclear bomb. And despite some criticisms of the negotiations, the fruits of the diplomats have rendered the world a little bit safer this morning, if only for a little while.
Though a final deal is yet to be inked, the probability remains that much could change by the time a final agreement between world powers and Iran is expected at the end of June.
However, if implemented as agreed through the framework approved, Iran will be prevented from obtaining a nuclear weapon. Iran will be halted from pursuing a bomb using plutonium. Iran's path to a bomb using enriched Uranium would be shut down. Iran would reduce its installed centrifuges by two-thirds. In return, Iran would receive relief of United Nations(UN) and Western sanctions.
The agreed framework between the nations affirms a civil diplomatic approach to world issues in lieu of war. Hence, should any aspects of the nuclear deal change or fail to be implemented, the diplomats who devoted many hours and much travel to achieve a piece of stability, should be congratulated for giving peace a chance and for having accomplished something rather than nothing.
In the mean time, a certain measurable sense of stability has been attained and the Iranian people, who have suffered stiff economic pressures for a number of years, could look forward to some comfort as economic sanctions are eased.
Yet, the reality of current events in the Middle East, do render as fragile this drafting period leading up the final signing of a legal contract between Iran and the world community. The ongoing Syrian war, sectarian conflicts and a possible proxy fight pitting Iran against Saudi Arabia for influence over nations in the region, all have the potential to impact a final agreement to curbing Iran's nuclear capability. Also, the Israeli variable could negatively effect the final outcome of hard-won diplomatic efforts.