The Iran Deal, also known as JCPOA, is a deal that was made in 2015 between Iran and European Union and UN Security Council. America is a member of the Security Council.
I’m no scholar but from my understanding, nobody wants Iran to get a nuclear bomb because they cannot be trusted to pursue peace. Iran has been moving towards obtaining a bomb. The question then is how to stop them? Is military force advisable? Is economic pressure advisable?
President Obama went the route of diplomacy. He reasoned that softening the stance toward Iran would facilitate less belligerence on Iran’s part towards other nations, particularly American and the EU.
The essence of the deal went this way. Iran would discontinue certain aspects of its nuclear program and allow inspections. In return, the other nations would lift the economic sanctions. The deal would last thirteen years. The deal was celebrated and criticized by many. I’m not sure there would be ANY deal that would satisfy all parties.
President Trump didn’t like the deal. So, he withdrew America from the deal. Here I would like to make some comments.
Maybe the deal was bad. Maybe it was good insofar as it blunted an otherwise accelerated course by the Iranians to get a bomb. Either way, America under Obama made an agreement and America under Trump declined to honor that agreement.
There are questions such as, “Is a president bound to the agreement made by his predecessor?”
Practically, how can a country trust us if we’re changing our minds with every presidential change? What does it mean when a country says, “Yes, I promise” but then changes its mind?
Is it permissible for an individual to give his word and later change his mind? I’m reminded of a scripture in Psalm 15, “…who swears to his own hurt.” This simply means that if you say you will, even if you find out later that it will hurt you a lot to keep your word, you do. Our word is extension of our person. Integrity is based on keeping one’s word. If what we say is whimsical and based on emotion, then people cannot trust that. This means, relationships cannot develop. This is the essence of the problem.
I’m not saying Iran is perfect, I don’t believe that is true. However, I’m troubled that America entered into an agreement and then just stopped doing its part. We said we would behave toward Iran in a certain way for X amount of years. But, we didn’t do what we said we would.
Not surprisingly, Iran now is slowly relaxing its behavior too. Why wouldn’t they? Caught in the crosshairs are the Europeans. I suspect they will gradually side with America, I don’t’ know.
Finally, America can build up the moral authority that it once had by simply KEEPING HER WORD. I’m not seeing that take place. Whether someone else is evil or untrustworthy, you honor your word anyway. You honor the relationship as you have committed not based on the other’s behavior but based on your word. Therein lies integrity, therein lies stability.
Along the way, get burned a few times and then get smarter about saying “yes”.