Hardliners triumphed in the recent Iranian elections. But the way out of the nuclear impasse remains the same: negotiations.
Muqtada al-Sadr and his followers are deeply embedded in the political structures of the new Iraqi state, regardless of how Muqtada might currently challenge the legitimacy of that state because of its dependence on U.S. support.
What happened in Basra may be a preview of a strategy aimed at causing the collapse of the U.S. political position in one city after another.
President Bushs inclusion of North Korea in an axis of evil with Iran and Iraq is only the latest indication of Washingtons new hard-line approach to Pyongyang.