Iran and the US Press

The NYTimes’ story today highlights disagreements among the EU, Russia, and the US regarding sanctions against Iran: Western Powers Disagree on Elements of Iran Proposal. Earlier this week, Time featured a story, Why not talk? in which they selected one particular quote from President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s 18-page letter to President Bush:
“All prophets speak of peace and tranquility–based on monotheism, justice and respect for human dignity,” Ahmadinejad wrote. “Do you not think that if all of us abide by these principles, we can overcome the world’s problems? Will you not accept this invitation?” (emphasis added)
Bush probably can’t “accept” because it would be a blow to the ego in some way to respond to Iran’s overture to us – rather generous, since the US hasn’t been willing to make any overtures to them. Granted, Ahmadinejad’s reference to monotheism may be a mask for Islam, but, as the Republican Senator Chuck Hagel notes, “Diplomacy is about talking.”
This may seem like the strangest aside, but I saw an ad for a Nissan Pathfinder at the gym last night: “The Left Turn Adventure.” The dialogue is all about what would happen if we could only make left turns. All the visual imagery is happy and positive, all the questions are posed rhetorically yet invoke optimism and possibility. Now, if a major car manufacturer thinks a PR campaign playing on the aspirations of the political left is marketable, does this corroborate a change in the wind?

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