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Posted by on Mar 27, 2009 in War | 0 comments

Will Iran Be to Obama What China was to Nixon?: Le Monde of France

Does the phrase, ‘It took Nixon to go to China’ apply to the case of President Barack Obama and the nation of Iran? In this latest in a series of translations we’ve been doing on reaction to President Obama’s outstretched hand to Iran, the editorial board of France’s Le Monde makes the case that like Nixon – Obama might be just the man for the task.

The Le Monde editorial says in part:

“It’s been thirty years since the spectacular hostage-taking at the American Embassy in Tehran which cemented the role of Iran as Washington’s enemy in the Middle East. American diplomacy seems poised to take a great turn, breaking with the Bush team’s 2002 decision to classify Iran as part of an ‘Axis of Evil,’ despite efforts undertaken by Tehran against the Taliban in Afghanistan. … This complete reversal, if confirmed, suggests a memorable precedent. In 1972, Richard Nixon stupefied the world by traveling to Beijing to meet with Mao Tse-tung and establish, for the first time, diplomatic relations with Communist China.”

EDITORIAL

Translated By Molly Smith

March 22, 2009

France – Le Monde – Original Article (French)

On the 20th of March, Barack Obama addressed Iranian leaders with a solemn message expressing his determination “to seek an honest dialogue based on mutual respect.” The gesture is historic, as it seems to signal the start of a thaw after almost thirty years without diplomatic relations between the United States and the Islamic Republic.

In other words, it’s been thirty years since the spectacular hostage-taking at the American Embassy in Tehran which cemented the role of Iran as Washington’s enemy in the Middle East. American diplomacy seems poised to take a great turn, breaking with the Bush team’s 2002 decision to classify Iran as part of an “Axis of Evil,” despite efforts undertaken by Tehran against the Taliban in Afghanistan.

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