Thursday, August 02, 2007

2 from Asia Times

Iran feels chill of cold war tactics
Just as the United States armed its authoritarian, at times bloodthirsty, allies in the name of anti-communism during the Cold War, the same logic now operates in the name of containing Iran. There is no doubt that Tehran feels strategically threatened, making it certain that it will not concede an inch in its talks with Washington over stabilizing Iraq. - Kaveh L Afrasiabi

US has a lose-lose dilemma in Iraq

From the way violence simply floods into areas just beyond the reach of new US combat brigades to the perilously long supply lines on bomb-planted roads, a military "solution" to the Iraqi situation is worse than impossible: it guarantees the country's instability will be prolonged, with no end in sight. -
Michael Schwartz (Aug 2, '07)

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