News from the past few days has been dominated by the landmark deal between the United States and Iran over the latter country's nuclear program. As is typical when large news stories break, everyone took to social media, especially Twitter, to broadcast their reactions to the world. And, as is also typical for a major new story, those reactions range from jubilation to harsh disapproval.
Reactions on social media are always worth examining because they can provide insight into what all people, from the figures actually involved in the negotiations to the elected officials who must act on it to the people on the street (Iranian and American), are thinking. And much of those reactions are ... about what you'd expect. On social media most of the talk has coalesced around the hashtag #IranDeal. CNN has a good round up of reactions, which can be found here, and is worth checking out.
The political reactions were pretty predictable: Republicans are agin' it, with Democratic politicians' opinions ranging from support to caution.
Although the most honest reaction may have come from Democratic Presidential candidate Jim Webb, who said he'd form his opinion after he'd actually read the deal.
Israeli Prime Minister's reaction on his official Twitter account was strong disapproval ...
While reaction from the leadership of Iran was more magnanimous, such as the Twitter feed of Iran's President Hassan Rouhani:
More importantly, the reaction of the Iranian people, both in Iran and around the world, seems to be one of great celebration (at least from what I could garner from Western media sources):
There have also been some very creative political cartoons about the deal going around on social media:
(This last one satirizes Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu's speech at the UN where he brought a confusing bomb diagram with him. In place of the bomb is a smiling caricature of Iran's Foreign Minister.)
Perhaps the most thoughtful reaction was from Iran's Foreign Minister Javad Zarif, who tweeted this: