So the Chicken-Little Express has just alighted on a new source of fuel for its ravenous boilers, the US debt-ceiling deadline. Meanwhile, in a long-dormant siding, two tiny engines sputter to life and begin their journey into uncharted territory. One person, among who knows how many, is train-spotting.
Two new possibilities have entered the world in the last month: Syria has agreed to surrender or destroy its chemical weapons and is in the process of doing so, and the US and Iranian Heads of State have spoken for the first time in 34 years.
Neither was possible one month ago.
The first occurred through a moment of genuine creativity, and the generosity and largeness of John Kerry and the US government. The second occurred – I know it via means I cannot convey to you – as a result of the first.
The first birthed something new in the world and that chink, that tiny little opening in what’s possible, had the second occur. The US President, Barack Obama, picked up the phone and for the first time in 34 years, Iran’s President, Hassan Rouhani answered.
The journey is afoot.
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