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Topic - Leon Wieseltier
The stakes are high, not just for the United States, but for the Middle East, where Syria's strife has spilled over into neighboring countries and even prompted an Israeli airstrike Wednesday.
Robert Kaplan, a seasoned foreign correspondent, scholar and author, sets out to demonstrate that geography did and does play a major role in the behavior of nations. In much earlier times, for example, natural barriers such as mountains and rivers provided defense. Nowadays, geography that enhances a country's economic importance can determine its geopolitical importance.
Both sides now
"You did it. You did it," enthused the New Republic's Leon Wieseltier to newly minted author Tina Brown in a crowd of well-wishers Thursday celebrating the publication of her book, "The Diana Chronicles," at the home of Beth and Ron Dozoretz in upper Northwest.
"The fact is that everything that Obama said would happen if we intervened in Syria has happened because we didn't intervene in Syria," said Leon Wieseltier of The New Republic at Wednesday's debate.