Current negotiations with Iran over nuclear development issues can be an entry into involving Iran in a broader range of issues within the Middle East. People like Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu fail to grasp that forging closer relations with Iran can lead to resolving many other issues. For example, current nations engaged in talks with Iran could suggest it use its influence with the Syrian government to halt air bombing of opposing areas within the country. If Iran could simply do this, it would provide evidence of its interest in a long term resolution of its conflict with other nations and the United Nations. Iran should be invited to serve on any negotiating committee that works with Syrians on ending the civil war. Iran has the potential to become an important player-alongside Israel, Egypt and Saudi Arabia–in creating a new Middle East. Remember:
1. Middle Eastern nations have large numbers of well educated people.
2. The Middle East has yet to become a factor in technology development.
3. A Middle Eastern Union-akin to the European Union, would transform this area into a new world center of innovation.
All nations benefit with the creation of a Middle Eastern Union.