Sunday, October 26, 2008

Nicholas Burns: "We Should Talk to Our Enemies"

N. Burns, in Newsweek, here
"...Iran is a case in point. Its hard-line, theocratic government poses the greatest threat to peace in the Middle East today. It is funding and arming most of the region's terrorist groups shooting at us, Israel and our moderate Arab friends. It has complicated our efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan. Most alarming, Iran is seeking a nuclear-weapons capability that would change the balance of power in the Middle East...If we aren't willing to talk to Iran, we may leave ourselves with only one option—military action.
....Similarly, there will be no peace treaty between Syria and Israel if we don't support the talks underway between those countries.In Afghanistan, the new president will face a very difficult set of choices roughly similar to those in Iraq before the surge.."

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