Posts Tagged ‘khatami’

What I want to hear

October 3, 2008

When asked why he or she has changed position on a matter of national importance, why don’t we ever hear:  “A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of LITTLE MINDS.” 

Where would our nation be had not John Kennedy reconsidered Civil Rights as a moral issue rather than just a legal one

Where might our nation be had George W. Bush reconsidered our relationship with Iran in the days immediately following September 11, 2001, when a moderate Iranian president (Khatami) may have received political collateral, enabling sweeping philosophical change, in opening dialogue with a hurting yet furious United States who looked for a fight on Iran’s eastern and western borders. 

We would bring democracy to those nations on the eastern and western borders with assistance in the east by a military dictatorship armed with nuclear weapons (a situation we claim to abhor).  All the while, a moderate, democratically elected president watched from the middle.  

The possibility for dialogue existed prior to 9/11.  The need for dialogue existed before and after.  But maybe I’m just naïve.