U.S., Iran & Syria in a Destructive Fog

U.S., Iran & Syria in a Destructive Fog

In the past three weeks I have had the slightly hectic but immense pleasure of visiting Tehran, Damascus and New York – from the Axis of Evil to the Great Satan, as they sometimes refer to each other. From speaking to politically plugged-in people and ordinary citizens in these three wonderful cities, I can confidently announce that we are all in much greater trouble than appears to be the case on the surface.

A catastrophe awaits us all, if immoderation prevails in these three lands, where American, Arab and Iranian politicians seem to be driven by a potentially devastating combination of righteousness, resentment, resistance and revenge. The political certitude, national self-confidence and self-proclaimed moral rectitude evident in the United States, Iran and Syria alike are stunning. The increasingly wasteful confrontation they provoke could result in immeasurably destructive and probably futile warfare, waged either by the principals themselves or their proxies and strategic allies, such as Hizbullah, Hamas and Israel.

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