Iran is in the process of wasting the biggest historical opportunity the country has had since the revolution of 1979, and perhaps even in the past hundred years. That opportunity is called Barack Obama.
It is President Obama’s policy of reaching out to Iran that offers the country this unique opportunity if, and it’s a big if, the Iranian leadership takes it up. At the moment, however, little if anything suggests that this will happen, because, for Iran’s leaders, Obama’s offer also represents a grave danger. There is nothing they fear as much as opening up and reducing tension with America. Indeed, the regime welcomed George Bush and his neocon administration, because it allowed Iran’s leaders to close ranks, and at the same time delivered free access to influence in Iraq and Afghanistan.