Room for Diplomacy on Iran

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Regarding the Aug. 9 news story "In the Debate Over Iran, More Calls for a Tougher U.S. Stance":

The article's reference to the "failure of carrot-and-stick diplomacy to block Tehran's nuclear and regional ambitions" falsely implied that the Bush administration has pursued and exhausted constructive diplomatic options with Iran. A serious diplomatic effort would involve talking directly with the Iranian government without preconditions, which this administration has refused to do. The administration also undermines the ability to engage in productive dialogue through hostile rhetoric and saber-rattling.

It is clear that military action against Iran would be disastrous and that it would probably accelerate any attempts by the Iranian government to pursue nuclear technology. It should also be clear that pragmatic, sustained diplomatic efforts have succeeded in the past and are our only hope for resolving tensions with Iran.

REBECCA GRIFFIN

Political Director

Peace Action West

Berkeley, Calif.


© 2007 The Washington Post Company