The problem with Iran is that this regime was initially a big sponsor of terrorism (see link below). They have since cleaned up their act for the most part but this is still the regime that did some pretty bad intentional acts against the USA. I am not saying USA was wholly or even largely in the right on this issue but it doesn’t change that the Iranian government were state sponsors of terrorism.
|Quoting ASA (Reply 25):|
"One man's terrorist is another man's freedom fighter" - said some wise guy!
Couldn’t be better said. Are the Russians terrorists or freedom fighters carpet bombing Syrian civilians in an effort to defeat the various factions opposing the Syrian government. Are the Iranian financed and armed Hezbollah who have in the past assassinated opposition Lebanese political leaders and lobbed rockets into Israeli cities freedom fighters or terrorists?
All depends on ones perspective. This comes back to the IR
air flights because it depends what the US government thinks. The problem is the Iranian view on freedom fighter vs terrorist is not really consistent with the view coming out of the White House and State Department.
Ultimately, I think this flight is only viable if the Iranians really want it and are willing to make concessions to get it. Nonstop LAX
flights just doesn’t matter much to America. However, if the US government can get concessions from Iran, say they renounce terrorism, apologize for previous terrorist acts and stop arming and funding Hezbollah, I would bet any Democratic administration and perhaps even some GOP administrations would accept that trade off and allow the flights to move forward. My guess would be Iran is not willing to go through the steps required to make non-stop flights possible in the next five years but I hope to be proven wrong.
[Edited 2016-01-27 09:27:09]