President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran bluntly told the world the president of the United States had turned down numerous opportunities for peace with his nation. “We negotiated about Iraq and for two years we repeatedly announced in the United Nations and at the presence of media our readiness for dialogue; they were ‘exceptional and golden opportunities’ that I created for the American government to change the situation, but unfortunately, the Bush government did not use them.” He urged the incoming president to take a different approach and work with Iran for peace.
George Bush has repeatedly declined reports of overtures by the Iranian government which reached out with proposals to resolve differences. His invariable response has bee threats and warnings rather than to explore the opening. President Bush has misled the American people by projecting a view that Iran will not negotiate.
Hopefully, a new president will draw upon the famous comment by British Prime Minister Winston Churchill who said: “Jaw, jaw, not war, war.”