Addict (drugaddict) wrote,
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The Smart Way Out of a Foolish War -- Zbigniew Brzezinski

This is a worthy thinkpiece from Brzezinski, which will run in The Washington Post of March 30th.  Among others, the pro-Israel militant hawks will be going after his hide.

 http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/03/27/AR2008032702405_pf.html
 
QUOTED EXCERPT:    Terminating the war in Iraq is the necessary first step to calming the Middle East, but other measures will be needed. It is in the U.S. interest to engage Iran in serious negotiations -- on both regional security and the nuclear challenge it poses. But such negotiations are unlikely as long as Washington's price of participation is unreciprocated concessions from Tehran. Threats to use force on Iran are also counterproductive because they tend to fuse Iranian nationalism with religious fanaticism.  Real progress in the badly stalled Israeli-Palestinian peace process would also help soothe the region's religious and nationalist passions. But for such progress to take place, the United States must vigorously help the two sides start making the mutual concessions without which a historic compromise cannot be achieved. Peace between Israel and Palestine would be a giant step toward greater regional stability, and it would finally let both Israelis and Palestinians benefit from the Middle East's growing wealth.  END QUOTE
 
Regards,  John
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