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Nov. 4 Geneva agreement gives time--to who?

Reader comment on item: The Geneva Agreement with Iran: A Foreign Policy Disaster

Submitted by Richard Stoecker (United States), Nov 25, 2013 at 11:34

The most generous (and naive) statement that could be made in defense of the agreement President Obama and other leaders have made with Iran is that it could give us time to prepare for worst-case scenarios with the government of Iran, but realistically it will give more time for the government of Iran to create such a scenario. The record of Iran and its role in the Middle East is one of the most extreme hostility to Israel and the U.S. of all the governments in that region, perhaps in the world. Iran has advanced the cause of militant Islamic extremism wherever possible.

In the past, the late PLO leader Yassir Arafat made agreements too, with no intention of keeping them, as his subsequent actions showed. The reaction to this agreement by Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu was accurate and realistic. He said history will show it was a mistake. The U.S. has agreed to give sanctions relief in return for what? A promise?

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