Is ISIS the Wedge the U.S. Needed to Get Iran to the Table?

Relations between the U.S. and Iran have been less than amicable since the 80’s, when the hardline Muslim revolution took over the country. Many things have happened since the hostages were taken from the American embassy, and many thought there would be nothing that could cause the Islamic Republic to negotiate seriously over its nuclear program. Well, that has changed of late. It seems with the moderate’s political surge; there is a real push to work more peacefully with the West.

Now, it seems that Iran’s top leader and Obama are sending each other love letters. Fox reports:

The Wall Street Journal reports Iran’s top political figure Ayatollah Ali Khamenei wrote to Obama in recent weeks responding to the president raising the possibility of cooperation in fighting the Islamic State terror group if a nuclear deal is secured.However, the Iranian cleric’s response was “respectful,” but noncommittal, an Iranian diplomat told the Journal. A senior White House official declined to confirm the existence of the letter.

This may not be a reason to believe that there will be a deal. It may simply be a repeat of the letter the leader sent to Obama in ’09. A list of wrongs committed by the U.S., but the non-confirmation of the White House seems to point to something different.

In a separate article, Fox reported:

Khamenei has kept his stance vague from the start. When talks began, he said he would not oppose them but did not expect success. Last month, he said the U.S. can’t be trusted to lift sanctions and that Iran must develop an “economy of resistance.””He basically wants credit if there is a deal, and doesn’t want to be blamed if it doesn’t work,” said Michael Singh, managing director at The Washington Institute.

The effect of the sanctions on the Iranian economy has been given as the main reason for the policy shift. This is a very good reason. The Iranian people are weary of their sluggish economy and almost 40 years of living in a state of war. They know that working with the West, and particularly America will open up the possibility of prosperity. But it seems that this sudden shift might have been brought on by something else.

Iran is currently fighting ISIS. This common enemy might have shown the supreme leader a picture of his countries future. If things continue to decline economically, his country could slip into another revolution. With ISIS next door and more than willing to draw Iran into their fold. The president might have little choice but to work with the American devil who looks a lot less evil in light to the ISIS devils. Not to mention that the ISIS devil is much closer to home.

Whatever has caused the change it is a good thing that Iran is at the table. Now, if the hardline Islamists inside do not undermine the moderate president, we might find out what a world without Iran supported terror would be like.   It seems unlikely, but one can hope.