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testing the limits




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Jnana's Red Barn

Neo-Luddite that I am, I get dragged by steps into the brave new world of the Internet, including this blogging stuff (which, by the way, I’m thoroughly enjoying, largely because of WordPress’ no-nonsense basics:  the Red Barn went essentially right out of the box and into action).

One of those ‘Net steps is the practice of nominating bloggers for awards, which I usually shy away from. For one thing, the notion of being the Best of Whatever and then having a gazillion others also show up as the best in that category runs counter to my idea of best. And that’s even before we get to my Quaker dimension of humility. Such as it is. (I know, my favorite elder daughter has about a thousand and one favorite movies and novels and so on, but I am, to some extent, an Aristotelian who permits only one superlative in any given…

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Putting Iran In Context




Sensible letter to the Economist from Sir Richard Dalton, a former Ambassador to Iran:

SIR – Do you really think Iran could become a regional hegemon (“Can Iran be stopped?”, June 22nd)? In one respect or another, Israel, Saudi Arabia, the United States, Russia, Turkey and Egypt are all as strong or stronger. Iran cannot even dominate the Gulf. The six Arab countries of the Gulf Co-operation Council (GCC), led by Saudi Arabia, tend to exaggerate Iranian influence, including in Bahrain and Yemen.

Only from southern Lebanon does Iran have the ability to project serious power. For sure, it has a strong influence in Iraq, some in Gaza, and a tightening alliance with Syria, but this merely allows Iran to maintain the position it has enjoyed for many years. This still doesn’t amount to “regional hegemony”.

You also did not mention that Iran has a policy of converting…

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