US, Israel and the west had great relations with Iran till it was under the Shah’s rule. After the Ayatollah kicked the Shah out and Iran became an Islamic republic, it became a staunch enemy of the west. Iran went on to become the Shia superpower in the Middle East.
The term Shia is of great importance here because an African American man born to Shia parents was destined to become the President of the United States for two straight terms. Before him, no president thought about normalising relations with Iran.
For the first time Iran was invited to a discussion table causing must chagrin to America’s all weather ally Israel. It even led to Israel’s President give a piece of his mind to the American Congress which was Republican controlled at that time. He got a standing ovation.
Around the 2010s, there were violent protests across Middle East/N Africa. It was called the Arab spring. It started with protests in Tunisia and quickly spread to Libya, Egypt, Yemen, Syria, Iraq and many other countries. Many “despots” were deposed or killed.
The American president wholeheartedly supported the uprisings as those countries needed democracy. Interestingly all of those countries were all Sunni Majority countries. Shia countries like Iran and Azerbaijan remained unscathed. They probably didn’t need democracy.
Prime Minister **
That president once said “I'm a Christian by choice. My family didn't—frankly, they weren't folks who went to church every week.”, putting all speculations to rest but his actions told a different tale. I am not (AT ALL) a fan of Sunnis but the coincidence here is too glaring.
As President Barack Obama runs White House through his proxy, Iran is again a valuable ally. A peaceful Jordan is on the cusp of a revolution. Again too many coincidences. All I can say is that a faithful never abandons his faith.

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