One of the most striking things about the U.S.-Iran nuclear programs agreement is the lack of commentary or even interviews by U.S. media outlets with the principal representatives, especially the foreign ministers of the five countries — United Kingdom, France, Russia, China, Germany — other than the U.S., that participated in the talks, especially over the past two and a half years.
I cannot think of any substantial interviews that major U.S. media outlets conducted with the prime ministers of the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Russia or China. It is perhaps understandable that U.S. media were reluctant to do interviews with foreign ministers of Russia and China as both are categorized in U.S. media as supporters of Iran. Such interviews would only serve to confuse even more the American media-watching public.
But certainly some in-depth interviews with foreign ministers such as Britain's Philip Hammond, France's Laurent Fabius or Germany's Frank-Walter Steinmeier would help American readers to understand the scope of the agreement. They represent countries that have strongly supported the agreement as being not just in their own countries' interests but that of the American people.
It is important to note that all three of these countries are among the most powerful in the European Union and they pursue policies for enhancing relations not just with Iran but with all of the countries of the Middle East. This is also true for France which took the hardest line in the negotiations and which just a few weeks ago signed a $12 billion arms and weapons agreement with Saudi Arabia.
The three countries have been largely supportive of Sunni Arab Gulf countries, as opposed to Iran's support of Shi'a non-state actors. And while they do not support Syria's al-Asad regime, they do think a military defeat of it would jeopardize millions of religious minorities, including Christians.
Unlike media in the U.S., which have a tendency to demonize almost any actions that Iran takes in the Middle East, these countries realize that the Shi'a non-state actors have legitimate grievances against the Sunni régimes that have dominated Middle East countries for centuries. British and French diplomats are well aware of this history, as they are largely responsible for current state structures.
Also, British, French and German diplomats understand that Iran is supporting groups that have valid historical, cultural, religious and social reasons for opposing Sunni Arab regimes and the discrimination they endured and are enduring from them.
Implicit in the U.S.-Iran nuclear programs agreement is that the U.S. — as Britain, France and Germany are doing — will also recognize that the Shi'a of Iran, Syria, Lebanon and Yemen have legitimate demands against the Gulf Arab Sunni countries that the U.S. and Britain, France and Germany still strongly support.
Such recognition by U.S. media would go some way in strengthening the U.S.-Iran nuclear programs agreement. And it would endorse the over 100 U.S. ambassadors with thousands of years of diplomatic experience who in a letter to President Barack Obama stated they solidly endorsed the agreement.