The real problem is simple: If they're working on building a nuclear weapon capability, they will do so, and we'll have to learn to contain Iran. The same way we learned how to live and contain our former nuclear enemies Soviet Russia and yesterday's China.
We'll have to learn how to live on the same planet with a potential nuclear enemy -- the same way we now live with Pakistan.
If they seriously want to open trade and dialogue with the west, we shouldn't hesitate to get the peace ball rolling -- be it real, or imagined.
Continued application of the "we hate you" and "You hate us" policies that now prevail between Iran and the United States has proved unproductive for both parties.
Iran wants an end to economic sanctions, and its new president openly states this goal.
One thing about Iran: they've openly called us the Great Satan for thirty years. And we've never had an offer to start change like the offer Iran's new leader just made at the U.N.
Should they trust us? Based on our history with Iran, the answer is absolutely not. We programmed the overthrow of their first democratically elected leader, and followed with installing our puppet, the Shah, who, with our weaponry, training, and zillions, proceeded to act as a tyrannical despot who oppressed and murdered the Iranian people with our full support -- the result of which was the revolution against the Shah, during which he was exiled and our staff at the U.S. embassy in Tehran was taken and the staff held hostage, and the Ayatollah took power in the new Iranian state that we helped create.
So, start with an understanding that they don't trust us, and vice versa. Once again, we've lied to them and they've lied to us.
Even so, Obama says achieving a peaceful settlement and arrangement with Iran is positive. The Iranian president says the same.
Anyone on the far right who says we should ignore Iranian peace gestures and continue our obstinate policies is a servant of our MIC.