Middle East Notes and Comment: Another Way with Iran
June 16, 2008
In 1973, it would have been hard to imagine anyone would ever wax nostalgic about the Cold War. How times have changed. There is nothing like almost three years of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to help burnish the memory of former Soviet Premier Leonid Brezhnev.
The Cold War was an expensive and deadly conflict, sapping trillions of dollars over four decades andresulting in tens of millions of lives lost. Energies that could have been devoted to human betterment were directed instead toward human destruction. The Cold War had its successes, from spurring scientific advancement to putting a man on the moon, but despite its progress, it diverted energy and attention from problems that remain unsolved decades later.