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Cali_Democrat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-06-11 10:45 PM
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I think Obama should follow Ron Paul's example and call for friendship with Iran
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Edited on Sun Nov-06-11 10:46 PM by Cali_Democrat
I don't know if some of you have noticed, but there has been a lot of news about Iran recently as the IAEA is set to release a report on Iran's nuclear program on Monday. It's rumored that Iran is coming extremely close to nuclear capability and the Israelis are very nervous. There's talk of an impending Israeli attack and that is unfortunate:

JERUSALEM: Israeli President Shimon Peres has warned that an attack on Iran was "more and more likely," days before a report by the UN nuclear watchdog on Iran's nuclear programme.

He told Israeli private television's second channel: "The intelligence services of the different countries that are keeping an eye on (Iran) are worried and putting pressure on their leaders to warn that Iran is ready to obtain the nuclear weapon."

Obama has not discussed attacking Iran militarily, but he has called for tougher sanctions on Iran.

I'm not sure if tougher sanctions or even attacking Iran is actually the right approach here. That is a confrontational approach. It's time for a new way of thinking IMO.

Ron Paul is calling for friendship rather than sanctions:

Republican presidential hopeful Ron Paul says "offering friendship" to Iran, not sanctions, would be a more fruitful way to deal with Iran's alleged nuclear ambitions.

The libertarian-leaning Texas congressman, a longshot in the presidential campaign, said Sunday that Iran's nuclear weapons program has been "blown out of proportion." He said tough sanctions are a mistake, because in the case of Iraq, they only hurt the local population and still paved a path to war.

This is definitely the right approach IMO. It's time for the US to think differently with the way we deal with countries like Iran. Rather than a confrontational approach of severe sanctions and even missiles and bombs, why not attempt to pursue friendship?

Sanctions only hurt the people of Iran will do nothing to rein in their nuclear program. Only the people end up suffering and we saw this in Iraq during the 1990's as hundreds of thousands died because of those cripling sanctions.

Iran feels threatened for a reason. The US military has them completely surrounded with military assets in the Persian Gulf, Iraq, Kuwait, Turkey and Afghanistan. Israel, the US and NATO have been bombing and attacking country after country for decades. The same cannot be said for Iran. Perhaps Iran thinks they're next on the hit list and they feel like they should pursue self defense?

It's time for a new, fresh approach to foreign policy that focuses on diplomacy, cooperation and friendship. This is the approach Obama should adopt vis-a-vis Iran.
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