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Smarter Iran Policy

Posted in Iran, Middle East, USA by homeyra on May 27, 2009

I can almost see the author of the following article debate with a neo-con minded adversary. It could sound like the Darfur debate. Rationality, awareness of history, fair evaluation of existing data on one side and on the other: erratic arguments, changing facts and figures, emotionality if not bullying to conceal some hidden agenda.

William deB. Wills starts from the beginning: “Should Washington “do” anything at all about Iran? What are the explanations for Washington’s hostile attitude toward Iran? What drives Iran? Policy conflicts and Options for Washington

The article is Smarter Iran Policy Begins With New Attitude – from Antiwar.com. The author concludes that despite shortcomings on both sides, there is ground for practical, tolerable compromise.

“Skill, patience, consistency, logic, and understanding go a long way toward the design of an effective foreign policy. These attributes – perhaps obvious but frequently in short supply among foreign policy decision-makers – build a much firmer policy foundation than rude and emotional outbursts, erratic challenges, public bullying, contemptuous disdain, or efforts to isolate and demonize. With a new administration in place, now is the time to ask if U.S. policy can shift from viewing Iran as an “ultra-nationalistic, theologically conservative, politically radical Shi’ite” state to designing a foreign policy based on skill, patience, consistency, logic, and understanding...” read more

William deB. Wills is a political methodologist, futurist, a Foreign Policy in Focus contributor and an American political scientist specializing in the future of the global political system.
His blogs:
Shadowed Forest of World Politics, Thoughts on how to find a moral foreign policy path through the shadowed forest of world politics.
Historical & Literary Lessons Political lessons from histories and historical fiction

untitledPicture found at Bribes iraniennes🙂

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  1. 99 said, on May 29, 2009 at 2:48 am

    Cute cartoon! 😛

  2. homeyra said, on May 29, 2009 at 4:47 pm

    Very cute🙂 I love smart cartoons.


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