March 12, 2012

Learn to Live With Iranian Hegemony

Pankaj Mishra, Bloomberg

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Any rapprochement between Iran and the U.S. will have to acknowledge Iranian centrality in its region -- just as the U.S. eventually recognized India's in South Asia after a series of futile alliances with Pakistan. But the U.S. has never been further away from this possibility, as Republican candidates line up to prove themselves more trigger-happy than the next. Suddenly, entire countries, indeed civilizations, with complex histories are being depicted as potentially uncomplaining, even grateful, victims of aerial bombing.

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Matthew Duss, American Progress
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