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Iran is On the Taliban's Side in Afghanistan – Not Ours

Important distinction.

1:34 PM, Sep 17, 2010 • By THOMAS JOSCELYN
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If David Ignatius believes there is a window of opportunity for negotiations with Iran concerning Afghanistan, then fine. The evidence he cites for this proposition is thin, at best, and the notion that Iranian president Ahmadinejad “has been, in Iranian terms, an advocate of engagement with the West” is absurd.

But let’s play along. If we can actually have some meaningful negotiations with the mullahs, then America can begin by demanding that Iran stop killing Americans in Afghanistan (and Iraq). It makes no sense to pretend, as Ignatius does, that Iran “wants to join regional efforts to stabilize Afghanistan” while the Iranians are helping the Taliban kill Americans and Afghans.

Thomas Joscelyn is a senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies.

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