Iran (Persia) with Black, Caspian and Arabian seas around (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
The big bang way is to beam unfettered internet from the sky and flood the zone with millions of cheap, solar powered smartphones. But until that happens, it is a great idea to do as much trade as possible, to bring about as much people to people contact as possible. It is that or war (W style) or cold peace. I much prefer engagement. And so Iran opening up is great news. If you think about it, Iran is one step further in political evolution compared to some of its suspicious neighbors. It did ditch a monarchy. There is a conservative and liberal tug of war in Iran. And it is for the outside world to help tilt the game in the liberals' favor. Even the conservatives in DC are liberal in Iran! Talk about finding some common ground in the gridlock capital of the world.