The (im)moderate Rouhani’s charm offensive at the UN and Obama’s appeasement

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Following America’s abdication of power in confronting Bashar Assad and his use of chemical weapons, the West’s appeasement of third-world dictators continues. At the UN, many of the world’s politician’s and the international press are falling over themselves to praise and ingratiate themselves with Iran’s ostensibly moderate and sweet-talking new president Rouhani and have given him a royal welcome.

The UN’s atomic agency, the IAEA, and Iran held “constructive talks” about Iran’s nuclear weapons program, generating suspicion in certain countries in the West, including Israel:

At issue are suspicions outlined in reports from the UN’s International Atomic Energy Agency that Iran worked secretly on trying to develop nuclear weapons — something Tehran denies. As part of its probe, the agency is trying to gain access to a sector at Parchin, a sprawling military establishment southeast of Tehran.

Iran says it isn’t interested in atomic arms, but the agency…

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Dear Madame Marois

The Undefended Border

My letterDear Madame Marois:

Allow me to begin by apologizing for writing in English. (This letter is now available in a French translation at HuffPost Québec.) I know that you speak and read English very well and though I am a fluent speaker of French, I have lost some of my fluency in the written language after spending eight years in an entirely English-speaking professional and academic environment. I write to you in English because I can best express myself on the subject of an extremely complex issue in my first language. Please feel free to respond in French.

I am un Québécois errant. I left Québec 2005 to pursue my doctorate in history, and I am now teaching at Rutgers University in New Jersey. Like Québécois scholars who have trod this path before me, such as Daniel Turp and Jacques Parizeau, I feel a constant and deep longing for

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