Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

`Great Game' Changes

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

`Great Game' Changes

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FOR British diplomats in the 19th century, the "Great Game" was to block Russia from the approaches to India, especially in Afghanistan. The United States has also been engaged in a Great Game against the Soviet Union, whose objects have similarly included keeping the Soviets out of the Middle East - to protect not India, of course, but oil and Israel.

America's Great Game has drastically changed, however, with the breakup of the Soviet empire and the advent of perestroika. It was unexpected, but perhaps not surprising, therefore, that in his meeting with Mikhail Gorbachev last Sunday, President Bush altered the rules of the game in the Middle East. Mr. Bush accepted greater Soviet participation in Mideast diplomacy, not only in regard to the current Gulf crisis, but in a broader context.

Whether Bush cracked the door or threw it wide open remains to be seen. Nor do we know if Moscow will sidle through the door or stride through it.

Yet there's reason to be hopeful that the new accommodation opens the way to an eventual comprehensive settlement in the region. …

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