March 25, 2007

YOU'D WIN OR LOSE DEPENDING ON WITH WHOM YOU SPOKE:

At the table with Iran, what could the US concede?: Dialogue is the right step. But the US must be ready to settle old claims of compensation (John K. Cooley, 3/26/07, CS Monitor)

The UN Security Council Saturday unanimously passed a resolution to sharpen sanctions against Iran for its presumed nuclear-weapons ambitions. This unanimity provides the West with an occasion for a bold new diplomatic initiative.

The US should propose a comprehensive, formal dialogue with Iran on nuclear matters that also covers all issues that have divided Washington and Tehran since the cleric-led revolution toppled America's former ally, Shah Muhammad Reza Pahlevi, in 1979.


Such talks, were they to cut out Ahmedinejad and go over his head to Ayatollah Khamenei, would be useful. Talk to Mahmood and he wins.

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 25, 2007 9:13 PM
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