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Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Carrot, Stick, Whatever


Iran and North Korea have now both had the honor of being invited to negotiate with the United States only if they first agree to give up their main bargaining chip - their real, imagined, or imminent nuclear weapon production capabilities.

That's not negotiation.

We won't see progress on the disarmament front until John Bolton acknowledges at the U.N. that after the invasion examples in Afghanistan, Iraq and Lebanon, any nation can be forgiven for thinking that having the Bomb is safer than not.

Just another bit of evidence favoring pre-emptive disarmament and genuine support for real human-rights based democratic reformers, rather than violent assault campaigns, economic sanctions and fomented military coups, all of which inevitably strengthen the political hands of fear-crazed militant fundamentalists.

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