February 3rd, 2014
02:46 PM ET

Washington, Iran need to face realities

By Fareed Zakaria

After Iran and the major powers signed onto a deal on Tehran's nuclear program, expectations were high. Over the last week, they have fallen sharply as Iranian officials have made tough public comments, Israel's Prime Minister has reaffirmed his opposition to almost any conceivable deal, and several influential U.S. senators have threatened new sanctions.

Now, this does not mean a final deal with Tehran is impossible but it does mean that both sides, Tehran and the West, need to start thinking creatively about how to bridge what is clearly a wide divide and they also have to think about how to get around the main obstacle they will face – which will be opposition at home, in Iran and the United States.

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  1. sand

    USA and Britain should wake up Islam is a hurricane sooner or later the entire European western African race is going to get genocided 1 iranian icbm armed with a 10 megaton nuke and dublin ireland, oslo norway, ghana accra, russia moscow is dust Islam is the ultimate power its the ultimate truth its even beyond the multiverse, hyperverse its even beyond human consciousness human fantasy its beyond thought and thinking no combining of concept or prototype thinking can understand Islam no thought motoric visual or verbal can understand Islam. in the end there is only Allah and there has always been Allah.

    February 3, 2014 at 4:05 pm |
    • Towel Head Detector

      Warning!!!!............Warning!!!!!..........Warning!!!!!!!................Towel Head detected!!!!!!!!!!!..............Islam is devil worship!!!!..............See above!!!!!!!!

      February 4, 2014 at 9:16 am |
    • Will CCBC

      Well I understand your concern with the violent and agitating behavior that the Iranian government has displayed, but I don't think the Iranian government is so frenzied that they would attempt nor have the capabilities to execute such an attack. Iran is a country that definitely needs to be watched however, their government is clearly unstable and the people who dwell there are often exposed to dangerously escalating events that only promote ignorance and hate towards the western nations. Iran should not however be to actively interfered with because too much scrutiny will only lead to their government becoming more paranoid and angry and might lead them to an even heighted sense of agitation. I think the US especially needs to watch its self around the Iranians because when push comes to shove, the Iranian government will be armed to the teeth, just ready to pull the trigger on their "Death to America"! slogan.

      February 5, 2014 at 9:01 am |
  2. mark

    John Kerry were Begging Iran regime to get a resolution for Syria in meeting with Zarif yesterday in Germany !!!
    He also warning the palestine leader that sign up peace agreement, otherwise would be murdered like Yasar Arafat!!
    What a foreign policy?!!

    February 3, 2014 at 9:47 pm |
  3. mark

    Iran regime is have been invented by BBC to kick out Shah and get cheap oil. Air France flight took Khomeini from Paris to the Tehran after agreement with USA to assign him as Iran leader!
    The Mullah regime created war and tension in all area and dictatorship and corruption for Iranian people and now they wanted bomb to control the region!.

    February 3, 2014 at 9:55 pm |

    France should be the leader for the Western NATO alliance, as France is the most knowledgable in this world part.

    February 4, 2014 at 8:26 am |
  5. j. von hettlingen

    At home both Obama and Rouhani are surrounded by some, who are waiting for their moment to stab the two presidents with a dagger.

    February 5, 2014 at 7:36 am |

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