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Good-faith is good governance

Michael O’Hanlon demonstrates a profound misunderstanding of the Iran issue that is all too pervasive in Washington today (“Hawkish talks with Iran?” Commentary, Monday). His support for direct negotiations with Iran to be used not as a good-faith attempt to resolve one of the most significant foreign-policy challenges of our time, but rather as a precursor to open hostility and military conflict is duplicitous warmongering.

As the drums continue to beat for war with Iran, reality indicates that few options could be more disastrous for the United States and the region. What Mr. O’Hanlon overlooks in his enthusiasm for conflict is that the only prescription for stability in Iraq requires a good-faith engagement with Iran, including negotiations. This, in turn, requires the United States to pacify rather than increase its belligerence toward the Iranian government.

The specter of American-led regime change only strengthens the hand of the hard-liners and encourages a cycle of uncompromising and interventionist foreign policy.


Legislative associate

National Iranian American Council


Funding refugees is a moral imperative

Tulin Daloglu quite accurately reveals a major stumbling block of the Iraqi refugee crisis not enough attention has been focused on the humanitarian calamity unfolding in the region (“A moral imperative,” Op-Ed, Tuesday). While there is plenty of fiery partisan rhetoric by Congress, the administration and presidential candidates over the war, the conditions of Iraqi refugees continue to deteriorate. This increased deterioration is becoming a recipe for disaster.

I have introduced comprehensive legislation and written to President Bush, requesting an additional $1.5 billion in funding to the fiscal 2009 budget as well as to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice calling on her to lay out a long-term plan to address this crisis. This alone will not solve the problem.

Before this situation further implodes, Congress and the administration must work to implement feasible solutions, including support from Europe and Gulf Arab states. The United States has a moral obligation, but can’t go it alone.



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