The latest incident between the United States and Iran this week almost immediately generated a torrent of punditry.
There was a backlash from those who see the detention of 10 U.S. sailors who inadvertently strayed into Iran’s territorial waters as confirmation of Tehran’s continuing penchant for troublemaking. But there was applause from others, including the Obama administration, who trumpeted Tehran’s swift release of the sailors as vindication of U.S. diplomacy with Iran and a confirmation of the quiet moderation of its revolutionary regime.
As is always the case with Iran, the truth lies somewhere between these extremes. That the episode did not escalate or extend beyond a day represents a modestly hopeful sign.… Seguir leyendo »