It is very hard for a country to enforce such a policy on all its citizens and all its allies. Imagine that your loved one is next in line to be killed, as the Taliban have shown before that they will do. Would you support such a policy of non-negotiation?
September 2007 Archives
September 4, 2007 7:32 AM
September 10, 2007 3:38 PM
China is doing many things right these days and is certainly poised to become the leading, or near-leading, economic power in the world. However, China still has a problem with its human rights record. There is certainly no critical mass calling on China to improve that record. The US is currently unwilling, for financial reasons, to preach about human rights; even if that weren’t the case, it now lacks the moral standing to do so (it has its own problems spying on its citizens, illegally invading Iraq and torturing prisoners at Guantanamo.) So for now, China has no major obstacles.
September 19, 2007 10:17 AM
Generals only see things from a security perspective. In periods of transition there is often little choice but to have a general as the overall person in charge. The key is a timetable for returning to civilian rule.
September 24, 2007 5:16 PM
Columbia University was correct to invite the Iranian president, and those opposing the invitation include individuals who do not tolerate any viewpoint other than their own, whether domestic or international. Iran is a major player in a region of strategic importance to the U.S.. American diplomats are willing to meet with their Iranian counterparts to talk about Iraq; certainly American academics and students (and hopefully the public at large, via CSPAN's television coverage) will get to hear the Iranian president’s opinions from his own mouth, rather than through the filters and spin doctors of the U.S.’s pro-Israel lobby.