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Three Major Tasks At Center of Mideast Peace Talks

Wednesday, 01 September 2010 09:26 AM EDT

President Obama is attempting a triple play this week that eluded his predecessors over the past two decades: simultaneous progress on the most vexing and violent problems in the Middle East — Israeli-Palestinian peace, Iraq and Iran — in hopes of creating a virtuous cycle in a region prone to downward spirals, says a story in The New York Times.

History shouts that all the odds are against him. White House officials, eager to show concrete progress on the hardest foreign policy challenges at a time when Mr. Obama is struggling with a variety of domestic issues, contend that that the president has changed the political climate in all three arenas and has the best shot in years at creating positive and interlocking results.

When President Bill Clinton tried a similar strategy, he argued that a comprehensive peace between the Israelis and Palestinians would make it easier for Arab nations to join in the “dual containment” of Iran and Saddam Hussein’s Iraq. It turned out that the reverse was true as well: When one of those efforts fell apart, so did the other two.

A month before invading Iraq, President George W. Bush argued that toppling Saddam Hussein would create “a dramatic and inspiring example of freedom for other nations in the region,” leading Arab countries “to support the emergence of a peaceful and democratic Palestine, and state clearly they will live in peace with Israel.” Instead, Iraq went up in flames and hopes for peace collapsed. Iran accelerated its drive for a nuclear capability.

Read the entire story at nytimes.com

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