April 5, 2021

Newsweek: Biden Should Listen to Americans and Return to the Iran Deal

By Assal Rad

Despite being the most powerful nation in the world, the last U.S. election exposed the fragility of American democracy. It highlighted the need to continually work toward improving and fostering our democratic institutions.

While the ethos of U.S. militarism in recent decades emphasized the dangers of foreign foes, the Trump presidency and its unprecedented attacks on the most basic principles of American democracy substantiated President Abraham Lincoln’s claim that true danger to the U.S. would come from within: “It cannot come from abroad. If destruction be our lot, we must ourselves be its author and finisher.”

In order to nurture democracy, President Joe Biden should abide by its core belief to carry out the will of the people. His administration’s openness to diplomacy with Iran reflects that very will.

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