May 28, 2010

U.S. Increasingly Alone on Iran

Atul Aneja, The Hindu

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Barely had the ink dried on the Tehran declaration, signed after 18 hours of marathon negotiations among Iran, Brazil and Turkey, when the United States tossed the initiative out of the window.

Without taking serious cognisance of a move that promised broad-based diplomacy over coercion, and more importantly, hope over ingrained cynicism, Washington let it be known to the world that it did not much care about the efforts of the Iranian, Turkish and Brazilian diplomats who had burnt the midnight oil in Tehran. The document that bleary-eyed mandarins had prepared by daybreak on May 17 under the watch of the venerable Brazilian President, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, and the popular Turkish Premier, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, was, in America's declared perception, simply not...

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