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Risk of Creating a Rogue Bloc of Nations

Undue and excessive penalties inflicted upon some nations by well-to-do nation states are requisites to war and suffering in the long run. Germany's penalties after WWI accommodated the rise of Adolph Hitler and the Nazis by the end of the 1930s. That history now speaks for itself.

Today, undue penalties levied upon multiple actors on the world stage, could lead to the creation of a rogue bloc of nations which could inevitably wreck havoc upon the fragile peace and security enjoyed in these modern times.

While North Korea remains a ripe question, the continued insistence by the Trump administration to scrutinize and to punish Iran more than that accorded under the Nuclear Agreement with the P5 plus 1(United States, United Kingdom, France, Russia, China and Germany), leaves the establishing of a rogue bloc of nations more likely today than at any other time in recent years.

If the International Atomic Energy Agency(IAEA), the United States Congress and the other signatories to the Iran Nuclear Agreement, all agree that Iran is complying with the terms of the deal, then why enrage an obeying actor with additional penalties and risk awakening a dormant dragon that has existed for many thousands of years?

Iran, in spite of its wrath to Israel and vice-versa, remains a major actor in the Middle East. It will continue to have influence over regional states with or without imposed sanctions. Therefore, instead of spurring the Iranian people away from greater cooperation with the west, more diplomatic efforts should be mounted to keep Iran as a partner in the race for international peace and security.

Yet, any actions by Iran to skirt human rights laws and international norms must be condemned along with any hidden agendas to nuclear armament.

So that no new fire is given toward the establishment of a bloc of rogue nations, the Iran Nuclear Agreement should stand with its checks and balances in tact in order to ensure compliance by Iran.