A'jad in the Big Apple

Reading Nancy Gibbs' article about First Lady Laura Bush's snubbing of Ahmadinejad made me queasy [Oct. 8]. It is that holier-than-thou attitude that gives America's enemies more ammunition. I don't wish to condone Ahmadinejad's policies, only to say that we will get nowhere by childishly ignoring him. Eventually, no matter how much it deflates our self-esteem, we will have to begin an open dialogue with our enemies. There are too many to simply dismiss them as tyrants and ostracize them from the global community. Currently, our only policies for dealing with hostile nations consist of sanctions and military action, and America's...

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