Approach Iran with caution

Iran’s new president, Hasan Rouhani, is a moderate compared to his predecessor, Mahmoud Amadinejad. He doesn’t spout anti-Zionist, Holocaust-denying rhetoric, or rant against American involvement in the Middle East. By comparison he sounds like a reasonable man, and he is making what sounds like a reasonable request to have a sit-down chat with President Barack Obama.

Iran has been angling for more open diplomatic relations with the U.S. something that has not existed between the two countries since a group of Iranian students stormed the U.S. embassy, took 60 American workers hostage and held them for 444 days, obviously with the support of the Iranian leader, the Ayatollah Khomeini.

Since then Iran has been a hostile influence in the region toward the U.S. and Israel. It has been a nation that has been developing its nuclear capabilities, which it insists are for the purely innocent purpose of developing nuclear energy generation plants and certainly not for weapons.

There are not a lot of reasons to trust Iran. If the U.S. is to enter into talks with Iran, it should be cautious, listening to what their leaders have to say, demanding changes from them, especially in regard to their nuclear program, and waiting to see their words put into verifiable action before we begin to trust them.

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