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In Iran the U.S. May Be Learning to Speak Instead of Kill, Unlike Billy Budd

In negotiating with Iran, John Kerry and President Obama exemplify the principle of Herman Melville's Billy Budd: Avoid the perils of striking out by mastering the skills of reaching out. 

Opera Today:

Billy Budd kills because, tongue-tied by emotion, he can't express himself through speech. 

President Obama yesterday:

Is America learning to avoid violence by mastering the art of talk?

Story from the New York Times, "A Foreign Policy Gamble by Obama at a Moment of Truth"

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