Iran: Hope for Diplomacy?

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad flashes the V-sign for victory as he waits for the arrival of Ismail Haniya, Palestinian Hamas premier. (ATTA KENARE/Getty)

On Wednesday, Iran claimed to have made advances in the master production of nuclear fuel despite increasingly tough sanctions by the West over its controversial nuclear program. This week Iran has also been in the headlines for a series of attacks in Thailand, India and Georgia. Furthermore, relations between Israel and Iran are increasingly strained with threats of aggression coming from both sides. Is there still hope for diplomacy between Iran and Western governments?

Stephen Kinzer is a journalist and the professor of international relations at Boston University.

Kelly Niknejad is the editor-in-chief of Tehran Bureau, an online news source on Iran and the Iranian diaspora.


Stephen Kinzer and Kelly Niknejad

Comments [3]

John from Newyork

Dear John Hockenberry,
Regarding Iran's population of Pro-American gravitation is completely understandable since the Iranian Mullah keep a tight lid on its population freedom and hoard country’s cash. With regards to the Pakistan’s growing anti-Americanism needs to be looked in the proper context, US have been intervening in PK domestic affairs which vex growing middle class of Pakistani silent majority a country of +190 million. For example, in 2007 US dictated National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO) which granted amnesty to corrupted Pakistani politicians whom had embezzled billions of dollars and allowed these thugs to run for national office. Would we in American ever allow Bernie Madoff an NRO and compete for President’s office? US also backed Musharraf against his illegal ouster of the Supreme Court Justice, another instance where Pakistani people viewed the US supporting a dictator against lip service of promoting democracy. I can name over 100 plus such instances, which the US interceded in Pakistan and then we Americans expect for the Pakistani people to show us love? So, please in the future, be very careful and show both side of the story why there is high Anti-Americanism in Pakistan. It’s our action and their reaction.

Feb. 16 2012 10:31 AM
Bob Terrell from Lubbock, Texas

I wish to point out that the reason most Iranians are such great fans of America is because of the enormous favor that our Bush presidents performed for them.

Bush senior put together the Gulf war that totally defeated Saddam Hussein, and pushed Hussein back into Irag - then brought our forces to a screeching halt and retreated to the border of Kuwait, at the cost of probably less than 100,000 Iragi's mostly soldiers.

Bush junior completed the task later, captured and eliminated Saddam and his sadistic cronies, and today we are turning control back over to the Iragi's under a hopefully democratic government, once again at a cost of probably 200-300 thousand Iragi lives.

The reason they love us is that Saddam Hussein started two wars against Iran that cost both sides over a million muslim lives, far more expensive in human tragedies. We totally eliminated that threat from their region.

The people had no say on that until the first international athletic competition in Iran. When our wrestling team entered the arena there carrying our flag into the stadium for the first time since their revolution, the crowd spontaneously arose and cheered at the top of their lungs for 4-5 minutes. Wrestling is hugely popular there, and this was their first opportunity to publicly profess their gratitude for taking that terrorist out of existence.

Feb. 16 2012 09:48 AM

2012 and the bottom line still seems to be that the church wants to control women and what they do with their bodies....pretty darn civilized.

Feb. 16 2012 08:25 AM

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