Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Learning To Love Iran

I know, I know, what an outrageous title for an essay. How could anyone learn to love a nation that still engages in torture or enforces the death penalty for many crimes? How could anyone possibly love a nation that is building new nuclear power plants? Certainly we must detest all other nations that want to acquire the necessary technology for building nuclear weapons. Nations that steal land and invade other nations for the purpose of stealing resources must be shunned at all costs, correct?
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Nevertheless, two articles in the largest U.S. newspapers hold promise that the escalating Iran war rhetoric may at last be subsiding. The Washington Post and the The New York Times reported a U.S. Navy Admiral and Secretary of Defense Robert Gates had something nice to say about the government in Tehran:

A military spokesman said Iran appears to have kept its promise to stop the flow into Iraq of bomb-making materials and other weaponry that Washington says has inflamed insurgent violence and caused many American troop casualties.

Defense Secretary Robert Gates said last week that Iran had made such assurances to the Iraqi government.

''It's our best judgment that these particular EFPs ... in recent large cache finds do not appear to have arrived here in Iraq after those pledges were made,'' Rear Adm. Gregory Smith, director of the Multi-National Force-Iraq's communications division, told reporters Tuesday.

Someone, somewhere inside the massive and often inhumane U.S. government, finally figured out that you catch more flies with honey than you catch with vinegar. For the first time in years, Iran has been credited with doing something favorable in the U.S. government's eyes. This talk may be related to Secretary of State Rice's efforts to hold a Middle East Peace Conference in Annapolis, Maryland. This could also be the result of some diplomat actually looking at the price of gasoline while at the Self-Serve pump. Such glimmers of hope in the success of diplomacy may be all we get for many more weeks. There is also the outside chance that someone got around the reading the report of the Iraq Study Group. This author will always treasure such talk over the specter of a mushroom cloud any day.

Iraq Study Group

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