Ahmadinejad challenges bush to a Televised Debate
May 24, 2007 3:54pm CST
http://www.cnn.com/2006/WORLD/meast/08/29/iran.nuclear/index.html So the president of Iran challenged the President of the US to a televised debate on how to solve international problems. There has been a great deal of tension between these two country's of late, particularly with regards to Iran's nuclear program. The White House has (not surprisingly) already rejected the offer for a debate. It makes me wonder what kind of world we would have, however, if world leaders just talked frankly to one another. Are the US and Iran truly so different? Are they truly divided by so much? The US acted outside of the UN in taking military action against Iraq, while Iran is likewise asserting that the UN has no right to intefere in a matter (nuclear power) that is so vital to its interests. In some sense, then, is Iran not merely following the example set by the United States? Any thoughts?
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• United States
24 May 07
No, Iran is not following any examples. There would be no point to this debate...Ahmadinejad has a lot of notions that are totally nuts, and all he wants is some face time to air some more of his rhetoric. You do not handle matters of state in a public debate...in that format things can be said that would then be difficult to move away from due to a possibility of seeming weak. All a debate would do is possibly cause embarrassment to one or both parties, and what would be the good in that. If there is going to be a dialog between the two, it should be done privately.
• United States
25 May 07
Well, Ahmadinejad would most likely back out of it last second, as he did last time he was supposed to speak in front of the UN in New York... That being said, yes, Iran and the US really are very different. Socially, politically, religiously, culturally, we are extremely different.