“Soft despotism is a term coined by Alexis de Tocqueville describing the state into which a country overrun by "a network of small complicated rules" might degrade. Soft despotism is different from despotism (also called 'hard despotism') in the sense that it is not obvious to the people."

Saturday, March 10, 2007

Will Iran provide a helping hand?

There is no ambiguity in recent events regarding talks between Iran and the US. They are going to be attempted. The question is, will Iran cooperate?

US hints at willingness to talk bilaterally with Iran
(AFP) khaleejtimes

10 March 2007

WASHINGTON - The United States says it could be willing to hold groundbreaking bilateral talks with Iran, as it calls on Teheran and Damascus to help Iraq hours ahead of a regional security conference in Baghdad.

Outgoing US Ambassador to Iraq Zalmay Khalilzad on Friday suggested the United States could be willing to hold bilateral talks with longtime foe Teheran.

Ahead of regional security talks in Baghdad, the US diplomat said that “if we judge that a bilateral meeting (with Iran) would be useful, and we will be prepared to do so ... we would be willing to do that.

“We have said for some time that if it is useful, we will be willing to sit down with the Iranians, and talk about Iraq,” Khalilzad added.

“I’ve had this authority for about a year, but we have not been able to do it, either because the timing has been such, when we have felt it was not going to be useful, or the Iranians have been unwilling to participate,” he said.

Saturday’s talks in Baghdad will constitute a rare meeting between representatives of Iran and Syria and those from the United States.

Washington has had no diplomatic relations with Teheran for decades, and relations with Damascus have been severely strained over Syria’s alleged meddling in Lebanon.
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1 comment:

  1. I agree with you Bob. I dislike art when it is larger than the real thing. Especially paintings of birds or flowers.