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Monday, February 28, 2005

Iran: carrots or sticks?

According to news reports, such as this one in the LA Times, the Bush administration may offer concessions to Iran in hopes that they will abandon their nuclear program. Apparently, European diplomats really want the US to try carrots this time, instead of sticks: Among the specific incentives that were discussed during President Bush's trip to France and Germany this month were allowing Iran to join the World Trade Organization and have access to spare aircraft parts, or possible aircraft sales, to replace Iran's aging commercial fleet, a European diplomat said.I'm skeptical that the administration will go for this, but President Bush apparently told France's Jacques Chirac and Germany's Gerhard Schroeder that he would think about it.

The story discusses the alternative: Bush keeps playing tough, the issue is recommended to the Security Council, the US eventually pushes for the use of force...and attacks without UN authorization (to the dismay of most of the rest of the world).

We know that story, eh? Today, another bad chapter was written as a suicide car bomber killed over 120 people and wounded even more. There have been other bad days in Iraq, but this was the bloodiest since the fall of Saddam Hussein.

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