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When Iran Cracks Open A Door We Should Look In

April 17, 2009

My thoughts are the same.  Great letter from today’s newspaper.

Michael Rubin is careful not to mention two facts that do not fit his thinking in “What Iran Really Thinks” (op-ed, April 14). First, Iran was very helpful when we went into Afghanistan in 2001. Instead of building on that relationship, we denounced Iran as part of the axis of evil.

After our invasion of Iraq, Iran offered negotiations with all issues on the table. Instead of taking this opportunity to negotiate from strength, the Bush administration continued to view Iran with hostility. The Iranians in government at that time were subsequently removed by the religious authorities who dominate politics in Iran.

History has shown that when a door is opened, failure to act can close the door for a very long time. New policies may or may not have good results.

Stan Ediger
Las Cruces, N.M.

  1. truevcu permalink
    April 17, 2009 5:36 PM

    You’re thinking of Hamas when you say that they have a mission statement to destroy Israel. Ahmadinejad can bluster all he wants, but at the end of the day he knows that Israel is allied to America, and every one nuked launched at them will be greeted with 200 of ours in exchange. Just because the leader of the country talks a lot of crap does not make the entire nation completely irrational. God knows the last 8 years should be a key illustration of that.

  2. Thomas J Canton permalink
    April 17, 2009 3:16 PM

    If we peek in the door we may find a nuclear weapon up our nose.

    Again, I say this. How can you negotiate with a country where one of their mission statements is to annihilate Israel?

    What do we come back with a slip of paper from Achmanijad (sp?) saying he will leave Israel alone in exchange for DVD’s of “Baywatch”, a “Starbucks” on every corner and can get “Food Network” on our cable system?

  3. truevcu permalink
    April 17, 2009 2:37 PM

    As much as I agree that engagement with Iran is necessary, I also agree that we shouldn’t make any major moves until the Iranian people deliver a verdict on Ahmadinejad in the coming elections. If we move too soon it could give him just the boost he needs to triumph over the two reformist candidates, and a newly rechristened Ahmadinejad would make subsequent negotiations far more difficult. The reformists would probably be easier to work with, and their victory would provide the US an excellent window in which to ease some sanctions in order to grant them an extra boost going into negotiations.

    Of course, Obama’s other diplomatic overtures are also beginning to come to fruition on other fronts as well:

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