Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Message to Obama: Negotiate With Hezbollah

There are several gems of truth the Obama administration should note in Roger Cohen's short article entitled, "Middle East Reality Check" in the International Herald Tribune. Like Cohen I too applaud Britain's decision to recognize militant group Hezbollah as a legitimate political force in Lebanon. Future recognitions of groups like Hezbollah and Hamas will be central to any lasting peace process in the Middle East. Following the lead of our western European ally in recognizing Hezbollah is a logical step for an Obama administration centered around a message of change. The US should also move to fully engage with Hamas as they are a legitimate governing force in the Palestinian territories. Like it or not, Hamas and Hezbollah represent vibrant social movements and legitimate forces of resistance.

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