When the Iran deal was announced by Secretary of State John Kerry, I was elated that the negotiators were at last able to reach a reasonable agreement. While some people are asking that we hold out for more, I agree with those who say that we have moved Iran as far as we can move her at this time and that it would now be helpful to walk with her for a while ("The case for the Iran deal," Aug. 12). In my work as a psychotherapist, I understand that in order to help somebody move out of their fears, which may be expressed as an entrenched position, it is helpful to meet them where they are and to walk with them to the other side. The example often used is that of helping somebody cross a bridge.
Given all of the time and hard work that has gone into this agreement, I am persuaded that this is the best that we can get for now. It would be a great tragedy to lose what we've gained by holding out for more. I don't think you can browbeat a people into submission and then expect them to develop a concern for your larger futures. It was my impression that this was the failure out of World War I.
It is my hope and expectation that an agreement that affords everyone a measure of self-respect lays a foundation for getting to know one another and to develop a concern for the other's future as well as one's own and, indeed, a concern about our common future.
Elaine M. Yamada, Baltimore