June 7, 2006
Does anyone seriously believe that the religious fanatic who heads Iran will negotiate with Western infidels over what is believed to be his budding nuclear weapons program? Apparently Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice does. Rice says the United States is prepared to join European nations in direct talks with Iran if the Iranian government first agrees to suspend its programs to enrich uranium and reprocess nuclear fuel.
Rice wouldn’t say what might happen should Iran not comply. She would only say that negotiators are “working on a package” that includes potential penalties for noncompliance, as well as benefits if Iran accepts.
We’ve been down this road before. If your enemy considers you an infidel and your god rules out any compromise or negotiations with people he wants dead, how are you going to make a deal? If Iran agrees to anything the west wants, it will be for the sole purpose of buying more time for Iran to achieve its goal of a nuclear weapon. And then what? More resolutions?
Cal Thomas is a nationally syndicated columnist based in Washington, D.C.