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stephen kinzer

An end to two brothers’ legacy of hostility

Last week’s telephone chat between President Obama and his Iranian counterpart, Hassan Rouhani, could be the beginning of a process that will change Iran and rearrange power relationships in the Middle East. Its greatest impact, however, may be in the United States.

For generations, Americans have resisted the idea of dialogue with perceived enemies. If that is now changing, history is being made.

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