When I think about Iran, I always summon the image of a black veil. As we have worked to preempt the attempts of the U.S. government to start a war with Iran, I frequently wonder, "Why are people so hostile toward Iran? What do they think lies behind the veil?" As I work to learn more about the situation, I'm more and more convinced that what lies behind the veil is a vision of ourselves.
As I've learned more and more about the central problem of nuclear non-proliferation, I've become convinced that the scariest thing about Iran is that it reminds us of how scary WE are! The possibilities of Iran's future cast a glaring light on our own hypocrisy about our nuclear past and our nuclear present.
In my opinion, this is not a problem we are going to solve just by reading books and learning concepts. We're going to have to do the hard work of talking with each other.
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