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Spiegel Online - Germany | Monday, August 26, 2013

Talk to Iran instead of intervening in Syria

The US should stop threatening war and finally improve relations with Iran, columnist Jakob Augstein demands on news portal Spiegel Online: "No one seriously believes the West is either willing or able to invade huge Syria with tanks and bombs. The key to Damascus lies in Tehran. But for several years Washington hasn't been talking to Iran. [Former Iranian president] Ahmadinejad's anti-Israeli propaganda and Iran's strategy of nuclear vagueness was reason enough for the Americans. ... The Americans have no interest in a moderate Iran. They want a change of regime. There are strong forces at work in the US that want to keep Obama's hands tied. The president can't act freely on the country's Iran policy. A controversial law, the Iran Threat Reduction Act of 2011, aims to forbid any change of policy regarding Iran."

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