Great Britain has opened an official dialogue with Hezbollah. It is intended to ease the way for the Obama administration to follow suit — and a prelude for both to open communication with Hamas.
Of course, Hezbollah (like Hamas) continues to call for the annihilation of the Jewish state. But so does Iran, which Secretary of State Clinton has announced she will formally invite to a mulitlateral conference over what to do about Afghanistan. One might have thought Iran had already registered its views on that issue, especially given this week’s Times of London report that the mullahs are arming the Taliban with surface-to-air missiles (on top of lots of other assistance that Iran has been giving the Taliban all along, as Tom Joscelyn recounted almost exactly a year ago).
But hey, everything’s negotiable, right?
[UPDATE: Link to Guardian story on the UK/Hezbo dialoguery should work now. Meantime, AP reports that Hezbollah is thrilled with the U.K overture — though the two sides are evidently at odds over whether their talks, which everyone now knows about, should be secret.]