By Sam Doku, PhD.
Earlier this week, the United States, represented by Secretary of State John Kerry, together with its European allies struck a historically monumental deal with Iran that would obviate that nation, once regarded as a pariah state, from building nuclear weapons, at least for the next decade.
At a time when the President of the United States, Barack Obama feels a compelling need for global peace, the deal with Iran could not have come at a better time because of the imminent threat posed by Al Qaeda and ISIS to peace, not only in the Middle East but also in the world.
Here is why the Obama Administration’s deal with Iran is so crucial. In 1915, Dr. W.E.B Du Bois wrote in his famous monograph, The Negro that the world in the future would be what colored people made it. And by colored people, he meant colored people in Asia, the Middle East, Africa, and the United States.
September 11, 2001 changed the political landscape of the world. Today, ISIS, for the most part, is contributing to the altered global political landscape with hate-spewing, violence-exuding venom directed toward Americans and Europeans. Since the violence is being perpetrated by colored people, a colored leader of the world must lead the charge for peace to upend ISIS’s callous destruction of lives in the name of religion.
Du Bois states emphatically in the conclusion of The Negro: “Most men in this world are colored. A belief in humanity means a belief in colored men. The future world will, in all reasonable probability, be what colored make it. In order for this colored world to come into its heritage, must the world again be drenched into the blood of fighting, snarling human beasts, or Will Reason and Good Will prevail?….Always something new comes out of Africa.”
Obviously, to bar the snarling human beasts from having their way, the United States needs an Islamic state ally to ensure that the activities of ISIS are curtailed in the Middle East. For, it’s an excellent and humane policy to contain a dangerous ally than to let it loose.
The President pointed out in a press conference on Wednesday that the deal is important because it opens the floodgates to global peace. “The nuclear deal with Iran is a historic chance to pursue a safer and a more historic world. It presents us with an opportunity that we may not get again in our life time,” said President Obama.
Not surprisingly, Congress has to debate and give the deal its stamp of approval in the coming days before the President signs it. It is, however, clear that there will be fierce antagonism in the debate leading to its final approval or (dis)approval since some in Congress don’t trust Iran to respect the sanctity of the agreement in its gamut realm.
But, the President is hoping that after the robust debate, Reason and Goodwill should prevail over the unguarded intentions of snarling human beasts.
In another munificent development, President Obama has pardoned 46 non-violent drug offenders, some of whom were serving life sentences, for as he put it, “America is a land of second chances,” and he enjoined the beneficiaries not to mess up this once in a life time opportunity. Indeed, everybody deserves a second chance.