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Thursday, November 13, 2008 by Dave Winer.

A picture named doh.gifWashington Post: "For Iran's leaders, the only state of affairs worse than poor relations with the United States may be improved relations." Permalink to this paragraph

Let this be a lesson to our hawkish friends. When you growl at your enemies, you might be helping them. If you say "Okay let's talk," all of a sudden it's hard for them to get the support of their people. Permalink to this paragraph

Around the world, everyone with Internet access watched our election, and much as we were fixed on it, so were they. The techniques Obama used in North Carolina, Indiana and Missouri will work just as well in Russia, China, Iran, Venezuela and with the citizens of our friends, India, Japan, France and Germany.  Permalink to this paragraph

That's why leaders of all those countries should be heeding the lessons of the 2008 election here in the US. This was not just a turning point for one country, it was a turning point for politics everywhere.  Permalink to this paragraph


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