Thursday, February 02, 2006

Can We Talk?

In order for diplomacy to operate correctly, both sides of the discussion have to be rational and honest. If either side is irrational or dishonest, then obviously diplomacy won’t work.

When President George W. Bush decided that something had to be done about the Saddam Hussein government in Iraq trying to obtain Weapons of Mass Destruction, he directed then Secretary of State Colin Powell to take up the issue with the United Nations to seek a diplomatic solution. Mr. Powell did, and the U.N. of course, became bogged down in its own quagmire of ineffectiveness and Saddam Hussein continued his obstinate defiance of U.N. resolutions.

Now, the U.N. as an organization is a useless waste of effort, time, space, and money. But the President initially deferred action to it before turning out the lights of Saddam’s regime.

There was a backlash by liberal and left wing demagogues protesting the U.S. military response, who said we should’ve “established a dialogue” with Saddam.

Now we have Iran in defiance of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) requests for access to facilities in order to monitor nuclear activities. And we have the president of Iran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, saying of the U.N. Security Council “They are like lions whose manes and fur have fallen off and cannot do a damn thing”.

Ahmadinejad has also called for the destruction of the state of Israel and denied the Jewish holocaust perpetrated by the Nazis in World War II. Yes, quite the rational diplomat is he.

Iranian officials have made overt threats to any nation (i.e., The United States and Great Britain) that says some type of action must be taken to prevent Iran from obtaining or manufacturing a nuclear bomb.

So how do you “establish a dialogue” with an irrational and dishonest government like Ahmadinejad’s?

Once Iran obtains or manufactures a nuclear bomb, the Axis of Evil member will be more of a danger to the world than it already is. Much like a punk with a gun is a danger to everyone around him. Once a punk has a gun, someone always ends up shot. The question is, who ends up in the bone yard?

You or the punk?


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