Gentle diplomacy with Iran will not work – Jeff Jacoby

Over and over, Obama has sought to “extend a hand’’ to Iran’s rulers – taping a message of goodwill for Nowruz, the Iranian New Year; remaining silent after the rigged Iranian election in June; insisting that “dialogue between our two countries’’ would go on despite the government’s bloody crackdown on peaceful protesters – and each time the regime has pointedly declined to unclench its fist. Khamenei’s reply to Obama’s New Year greeting was to accuse the president of having “insulted the Islamic Republic of Iran from the first day.’’ He spurned Obama’s private overtures with public contempt; to negotiate with the United States, he said in November, would be “naïve and perverted.’’

Gentle diplomacy with Iran will not work – The Boston Globe.

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