A Policy of Failed Dialogue

By Jason Leach
Published October 04, 2006

An insightful article from the BBC sheds some light on the US-Iran relationship. For mistakes that both countries have made over the years, none appear bigger than the US refusal to cooperate with Iran a few years ago when the opportunity presented itself.

I'm sure government officials in the US would give their right arm to have such a show of civility and cooperation from North Korea. And I'm sure they would jump at the chance to come together in a meaningful dialogue with North Korea to see progress made on various issues, but most notably the current nuclear situation in that nation.

Unfortunately, one can't help but wonder if the US had no interest in civil dialogue with Iran due to their already planned takeover of the Middle East, and ultimately that region's vast oil supplies.

An invasion and occupation of Iran has long been considered the next step for the US, but with all the trouble in Afghanistan and Iraq the US is in no position to try to invade another nation. More importantly, the US can't afford another invasion of any nation without a legitimate and proven reason.

North Korea has certainly gotten off easy compared with Iran over the past several years, at least with respect to US rhetoric. While many Americans sit at home fearful of a nuclear program in Iran thanks to sensational reports in the media, a real threat seems to be growing in North Korea.

If only they were "swimming in oil" maybe the UN or US would have done something by now.

Jason Leach was born and raised in the Hammer and currently lives downtown with his wife and children. You can follow him on twitter.


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