Sami Moubayed, Forward Magazine | May 13, 2009
Dialogue between the US and Syria is alive even though President Barack Obama renewed sanctions on Damascus, which were due to expire. ++ Syria immediately dismissed it as a routine procedure. ++ The key to removing sanctions is peace between the Arab world and Israel which should be approached at a regional level, otherwise war could break out within two years. ++ Only Obama will be able to make a regional solution a reality, by calling for an international peace conference to deal with the complex situation.