The Saban Center for Middle East Policy in Washington D.C. issued a report calling on president elect Barack Obama to engage Iran in discussions. The report entitled: “Restoring The Balance- A Middle East Strategy for the Next President” argues Iran is much closer to atomic weapons than has previously been thought and there is need to engage its government in discussions in order to relax tension in the region. The report emphasizes; “If you’re moving on the Israel-Palestinian front, in Teheran, they might feel they’ve been left behind and react with terrorist attacks. This time it’s really important to engage them in making the new order, to make clear we’re not trying to isolate them, but to engage them.”
This report took 18 months to prepare but anyone familiar with the situation could have saved the time by honing in on why Iran is upset. Iran HAs been isolated by Bush and Israel which has resulted in its support for terrorism. “Jaw, jaw is better than war, war,” as British Prime Minister Winston Churchill used to say.