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US policy toward Iran is all stick and no carrot

Abu Dhabi (CNN)The motorcycle zipped past our taxi as we headed to Tyre in southern Lebanon, veering off the road onto a dirt track leading up into the hills. The passenger on the back of the motorcycle had what appeared to be long tubes, concealed by cloth, strapped to his back. I couldn't stop and ask who they were or what those tubes were, but they were probably Hezbollah fighters moving rockets or other weapons to the south.For weeks in July 2006 Israeli jets bombed Beirut's southern suburbs, and other towns and villages in Lebanon's south, trying to knock the Iranian-backed group out of action. They failed. From our camera position south of Tyre, we watched daily as volley after volley of Katyusha rockets roared out of the banana grove ...