Monday, December 2, 2013

Living through history....................

Einstein, and other smart folks, have said that insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.  For better or worse, the Obama Administration has charted a course on Middle East policy that is far different than we are used to.  The impatient amongst us might not like it, but it will take a few years to find out if it was for better, or for worse.  The Economist (spoiler alert:  "Nobody knows whether the gamble with Iran will pay off.  But it is clear that the risks are low, the prize is potentially vast - and the alternative is dire.") tackles the question.

"For over three decades Iran and America have been blood enemies.  Their hatred, like the hatred between Palestinians and the Israelis, has framed the Middle East's alliances, and fuelled terror and war.  The interim deal over Iran's nuclear programme has not undone that - far from it.  But through the keyhole it offers a tantalizing glimpse of a different, better Middle East.  It is a vision worth fighting for."

"Pure fantasy, say the Gulf Arab states and Israel (and its allies in Congress).  Invoking Neville Chamberlain in Munich in 1938, they warn that the world is appeasing an aggressive and malign regime bent on a nuclear arsenal."

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