January 7, 2014
KNOWING YOUR ALLIES:
U.S. and Iran Face Common Enemies in Mideast Strife (THOMAS ERDBRINK, 1/07/14, NY Times)
On Monday, Iran offered to join the United States in sending military aid to the Shiite government in Baghdad, which is embroiled in street-to-street fighting with radical Sunni militants in Anbar Province, a Sunni stronghold. On Sunday, Secretary of State John Kerry said he could envision an Iranian role in the coming peace conference on Syria, even though the meeting is supposed to plan for a Syria after the resignation of President Bashar al-Assad, an important Iranian ally. [...]Yet even Iranians outside the reformist camp see the shared interests as undeniable. "It is clear we are increasingly reaching common ground with the Americans," said one of them, Aziz Shahmohammadi, a former adviser to Iran's Supreme National Security Council. "No country should have an eternal enemy, neither we nor the United States."
Posted by Orrin Judd at January 7, 2014 3:51 PM