“The choice is between diplomacy or a certain form of war”. Barack Obama makes it clear on the occasion of his nuclear agreement speech at the American University of Washington: “Congress’ refusal will leave one sole option: a war in the Middle East”. The American President’s address is set against the background of the same university where 52 years ago John Fitzgerald Kennedy talked about the necessity to use diplomacy in order to avoid a nuclear conflict: “Let us not focus only on our differences, – he said – let us think also about how to overcome them and about our common interests”.
So, as if in a déjà vu, Obama presents the agreement achieved with the Islamic Republic as the best solution, stressing that it is the first step towards stopping Tehran’s nuclear program. With respect to Israel, the main opponent to Genève negotiations, the American president spends some words on explaining that he comprehends Netanyahu’s skepticism towards any form of agreement that involves Iran. Although Obama has defended Jerusalem, he has specified that Israel is the only country in the world that does not approve of the agreement and in this situation “it is surely wrong”.
Pointing out that conflict in the Middle East is a real possibility, the American head of state reminds: “If we have learned anything, it is that wars are not painless. The only certain thing in war is human sufferance”. Thinking about September 17, the day when senators and deputies will have to pronounce themselves on the Tehran agreement, Obama has concluded his speech this way: “Hold back from the call of war, think less about being strong and more about being right”.
Translated by Ecaterina Severin