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On March 31, diplomats from the United States and a number of other nations will meet to discuss strategies for addressing a resurgent Taliban in Afghanistan. The Afghan President Hamid Karzai and U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton are both hoping that Iran will be among those nations represented...

On March 31, diplomats from the United States and a number of other nations will meet to discuss strategies for addressing a resurgent Taliban in Afghanistan. The Afghan President Hamid Karzai and U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton are both hoping that Iran will be among those nations represented. President Karzai arrived in Tehran Tuesday to meet with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.The rationale behind Iran supporting a more secure Afghanistan is clear: not only does it share a sizable border with the increasingly war-torn nation, but its Shiite government has long been at odds with the Sunni Taliban. From the U.S. perspective, there's a bit of a parallel going on here with the situation in Iraq, where Iran and the United States have a common enemy.What do you think? Is this a step toward success-if we can call it that-in Afghanistan? Can "the enemy of my enemy is my friend" be a foundation for improved diplomatic relations between Washington and Tehran? Does anyone else think Ahmadinejad looks eerily similar to Steve Carrell in Little Miss Sunshine?


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