Overtures from Iran seeking relief from crippling economic sanctions call for a diplomatic response from the United States. The U.S. aims to eliminate Iran’s nuclear program, but the road from overt hostility to productive negotiations is a difficult one. Is it worth the effort, or is this a fool’s game?Of course the United States should negotiate with Iran, but not over its uranium-enrichment program. Iran has signed the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty and by law is thus authorized to enrich uranium. Nations that are known to have nuclear weapons but have not signed the treaty include Israel, Pakistan and India. Israel is the only nation fearing Iran and with good reason. Still the U.S. Congress is caving in to increasing pressure from the Israel lobby. It’s not our fight. Israel reaps what it sows. — Jim Duncan, AzleNegotiations a fool’s game? Not so, because negotiating would avoid disastrous wars. Therefore, negotiating with Iran would indeed be a worthwhile effort! The cost of negotiation, including foreign aid, free food programs, military help, etc., is a drop in a bucket compared to the cost of war. The “cream of the crop,” our young men and women who are more than willing to fight for their country, are often slaughtered. Wars can decimate a country to such a degree that recovery may never occur. Some wars are so costly that several GNPs (gross national products) are required to pay the bills. A significant tool of negotiation is a strong military, which has served the United States well. Foreign aid in its various forms frequently goes to despots. But, again, this represents a drop in the bucket! It is ugly, but lives are saved. Saving the lives of our loved ones is a noble cause. — Grady Fuller, KennedaleIt is worth the effort. But remember what Teddy Roosevelt said: “Speak softly, and carry a big stick!” And another saying goes something like this: “Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me.” — George J. Anthony, Fort WorthThere’s no way that Iran is serious about dismantling its nuclear program, which it claims is for nuclear power but we’re sure is for nuclear weapons. The main slogan of the Iranians is “Death to America.” It should be noted that President Hassan Rouhani (who proposed to stop the nuclear program) is basically a figurehead. Ali Hosseini Khamenei, the supreme leader, actually controls things.Their apparent change in attitude is really only a ploy to get the economic sanctions against their country removed. I hope that our current administration will see this for what it is and not fall for these false promises. However, as a realist, I know that they will agree to remove some or all of the economic sanctions, because the current administration is worried only about how history will portray it. — Walter H. Delashmit, Justin
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