Two Sides That Must Talk


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Wednesday, September 20, 2006 - 12:00am

Two Sides That Must Talk

It is said that the shooting starts when the talking stops.  So what happens when there is never any talking?  I'd say you're asking for trouble.  Yesterday, George Bush and Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad were in the same building at the United Nations in New York City, but refused to meet with each other for even a minute.


Bush seems to think that he shouldn't meet with the Iranian president despite the fact that the two nations may go to war with each other. You would think that if you are going to put American lives at risk, and they will be, the least you can do is try to solve the matter diplomatically.


The administration talks about how war is a last resort, but we all know that is far from the truth. War was the first resort when it came to Iraq and it appears to be the same with Iran.  It seems that the government is making the same mistakes all over again.


Who knows if anything can be accomplished by talking to a crazed, religious zealot like Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, but to not even make an attempt is ludicrous.  It is a disservice to the American people and to all that serve in the military.  They are the ones, not Bush, who will put their lives on the line to "solve" this conflict.  If there are no diplomatic efforts being made, how then can the commander-in-chief stand up and tell us there was no other choice but to go to war and endanger the men and woman of our armed forces.


There are diplomatic ways to solve the problem with Iran, just like there were with Iraq.  The Iraq war has cost us over 2,500 American lives, injured 20,000 others, and has cost us countless allies.  All the while, nothing has been accomplished.  Do we really want to end up in the same predicament with Iran simply because one stubborn leader refused to talk to another?


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