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Friday, June 02, 2006

Iran and Diplomacy

I’m a firm believer in diplomacy at all levels to avoid war. When one door shuts you have to seek out another door. If that one shuts then you seek another. As the shampoo bottle says wash, rinse, and repeat. America was founded on the ideology that people have differences of opinions and the world is the same way. President Bush is not a fond believer in diplomacy at any level. It is his way or the highway. You are either with us or against us. Bring it on. Did I forget any of his other catch phrases?

Benjamin Franklin spent nearly all of the Revolutionary War abroad brokering agreements to find peace or a friendly ally. Peace in the world was what he sought out no matter who would listen. Our current President put a stubborn representative to represent our country to the United Nations. The UN is an organization that brokers peaceful agreements with many nations on a daily basis that could stop the insanity of a nuclear argument between the United States and Iran. Diplomacy is a give and take conversation. One does not work without the other.

President Bush in being the toughest kid on the block is isolating entire nations in a hot bed region just because he thinks he can. Arrogance has no place in the diplomatic dealings of nations. Diplomacy starts with two people sitting down at a table and just talking. I’m encouraged to see other countries trying to intercede with this potential conversation with the United States and Iran. It is a start that needs to be nurtured and grown. Bush needs to come to the table and just talk. Ultimatums to just get to the table are just wrong from either side. They need to sit down and just talk. Regroup and sit down and talk some more. Wash, rinse, and repeat.

This country was in a cold war for decades where the entire world could have been obliterated at the push of a button and all it took was the two toughest kids on the block to sit down and talk to end it. It didn’t happen over one meeting but several meetings where they disagreed but agreed to sit down again and just talk. Those two men were Reagan and Gorbachev. For the most part they became friends because of it.

People around the world are no different from you and I. They are doing their best to survive and care for the people around them. Today’s leaders of the world are no different than yesterdays unless they forget that to get along in this world you have to talk to the rest of the world.

While the Bush administration is looking at all the possibilities of why Iran wants to talk to the toughest kid on the block they might just want to ask themselves if it is just to talk and get to know one another once more. No troops ever died because two leaders got together to just talk.


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