Friday, May 12, 2006

Why Won't U.S., Iran Hash Out Differences?

Yahoo! News reported As the United States toughens its stance on
Iran's nuclear program, and bitterness toward America hardens on the streets of Tehran, many people can't help but wonder: Why don't the two countries hold face-to-face talks to ease the crisis?

We could invite him over to the US Embassy. Oh, yes, Iranian students took it over in 1979 and held its occupants hostage for 444 days. And we think Ahmadinejad was one of those students.
.... Shahin Gobadi, spokesman for the Paris-based National Council of Resistance of Iran, an exile group, said a Bush-Ahmadinejad summit is implausible because Tehran "has not been willing to accept the norms and rules of conduct of the 21st century."
It is difficult for 21st century and 8th century people to talk. Maybe we should have another Crusade.
"This regime is built on the concept of medieval religious tyranny. It's not compatible with dialogue," he told The Associated Press. If Ahmadinejad's 18-page menu of grievances sums up Iran's position, then "there is no prospect of negotiation," said Steve Hoadley, associate professor of political studies at New Zealand's Auckland University. "The countries are ideologically, politically, strategically quite different," he said. "They are on a collision course because Iran has ambitions to regional leadership. Nuclear weapons are part of that equation."

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