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A Model For Peace With Iran?

May 21, 2009

From the New York Times, Roger Cohen has an intriguing opinion piece about the Obama administration’s new realism in foreign policy. This preference for engagement and a refusal to draw ideological lines-in-the-sand may present a new way forward in relations with countries like Cuba and Iran, with whom we have well known and ongoing conflict. Cohen cites U.S./Vietnamese relations, friendly and prosperous despite years of war and Vietnam’s communist government, as a model:

Vietnam teaches several lessons, the first of which is that the United States can have normal relations with countries whose political systems and ideologies it rejects. That is as true of Cuba and Iran today as it was of Vietnam or China. For all America’s painful histories with Cuba and Iran, they do not include a war within living memory.

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