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Jimmy Carter: Make peace with Iran

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Now here’s a startling idea: try to make peace with a nation before going to war against it! Imagine!
clipped from www.independent.co.uk

Jimmy Carter calls for US to make friends with Iran after 27 years
“What happens if, in three years time, Iran has a nuclear weapon,” Mr Carter asked. “I’m not sure that is going to happen, but if it does, what do we do? They are rational people like all of us in this room. Do they want to commit suicide? I would guess not. So what we have to do is talk with them now and say to them we want to be their friends.
Twenty-five years ago we cut off trading with Iran. We’ve got to resume trading to show Iran we are friends.”
Mr Carter also criticised President George Bush, saying it was a “serious mistake and terrible departure” from the actions of previous US presidents not to engage with countries with which they differed. “The president of the administration in Washington is the first one to have ever done this and I think we close off ourselves from any sort of rational accommodation of the views of other parties in order to reach out on major goals,”
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Written by Monte

June 1, 2008 at 7:58 pm

Posted in Iran, Islam, Politics, Terrorism

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  1. Good points, Rick and naj! Thanks very much – your insights are terrific.

    Monte

    June 4, 2008 at 9:04 pm

  2. I hope Jimmy also acknowledges the havoc he wreaked in Iran himself, getting all oohi and whoohi over Shah’s human rights record; and delivering the country to people who massacred their opposition, in the heart of the mountain!

    naj

    June 4, 2008 at 4:42 pm

  3. While President Carter may be naive and a good target for those with opposing views he is absolutely correct in this approach. Refusing to talk to enemies ( didn’t Jesus say something about ‘do good to those who persecute you’?) is a recipe for stagnant foreign policy. A policy which can then turn into malignant fear and prejudice based on ignorance and not much more. A country such as ours, a purportedly Christian nation, should be above this sort of harmful nonsense. I appreciate Jimmy Carter for everything he’s done since leaving the White House. He has set a pattern for future past presidents to follow.

    Rick Reiley

    June 1, 2008 at 10:12 pm


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