US Must Change Attitude, Says Ahmadinejad

President Ahmadninejad rejected any discussion with the United States until there was a revision in American attitudes toward the Iranian nation. He was responding to George Bush’s statement he would talk with Iran if it first halted its uranium enrichment program. Ahmadinejad argued the United States had no right to establish preconditions for discussions and offered to debate Bush on problems in the world. “We believe a public debate will help promote world peace,” he claimed.

George Bush continually argues that Iran must make certain decisions before he will talk with their representatives. Establishing preconditions to discussions between nations raises the question as to whether or not the other side has a right to establish preconditions. The United States just concluded a nuclear agreement with India which has atomic weapons that does not impose ending nuclear development. Perhaps, if Bush took the risk of talking with Ahmadinejad, negotiations might proceed and at least both nations would be engaged in an interactive process. Bush frequently misunderstands the intensity of distrust present in other nations regarding the intentions of America. After all, the US aided Saddam Hussein who invaded Iran and caused the death of over a million people. The United States was able through negotiations to have North Korea end its program to develop nuclear weapons. Is a similar approach possible with Iran?