Op-Ed / Middle East & North Africa 17 May 2019 Trump’s ‘Maximum Pressure’ Won’t Make Iran Yield Originally published in The Atlantic The one thing Tehran would find more intolerable than the crushing impact of sanctions is raising the white flag because of them. Share Facebook Twitter Email Linkedin Whatsapp Save Print A magnificent fresco adorns the main pavilion of the royal palace in the Iranian city of Isfahan, depicting the 16th-century Battle of Chaldiran, fought between the Turkish-Ottoman and Persian-Safavid empires. The fresco appears to show the Persian army victorious, having crushed its Turkish adversary. The truth is that Chaldiran marked a decisive victory for the Ottomans, who went on to annex eastern Anatolia and northern Iraq. But what the self-serving historical distortion suggests is not shame of defeat but pride in the heroic valor with which the Iranians resisted a foe that outnumbered them and, unlike them, possessed heavy artillery. Donald Trump’s administration, which has made bringing Iranians to their knees the cornerstone of its Mideast policy half a millennium later, should draw a lesson from the battle and the way the Persians digested defeat. Continue reading in The Atlantic Related Tags Iran More for you Video / Middle East & North Africa Iran Nuclear Talks: Close the Deal Open Letter / Middle East & North Africa Open Letter to the U.S. and Iranian Leadership about the Iran Nuclear Deal Up Next Podcast / Global The Fallout from Ukraine: Iran Talks Stalled; U.S. Woos Caracas?