Iran/US Televised Debate On the Horizon?

August 2, 2010

Photo credit: Daniella Zalcman

Iran (ChattahBox) – Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has called, once again, for a debate with President Barack Obama, in a televised event the leader claims will show the world “whose solutions” for the world’s problems “are better.”

This is not the first time Ahmadinejad has called for such an event; he asked Obama last Fall for the chance to debate in front of the UN and world cameras, and tried several times to get Bush to agree to the same.

So far, the White House has shown little interest in the offer, and it isn’t surprising. Despite his claims that he wants to debate world issues, and his confidence that it is ‘fear’ keeping the U.S. from accepting, it is probably more about the lack of belief that he would provide an uncensored view of the event back in his home country.

His speech, quoted by Reuters, spoke out against sanctions and talk of possible military strikes.

“Who do you think is going to attack us? The Israeli regime? … We don’t consider the regime in our equations, let alone attacking us. They say we’ll issue sanctions? Okay, do it. How many resolutions have you issued so far? Four? Make it 4,000.”

I say we might as well take him up on the offer. It would be a chance for an open dialogue on an international level with a leader who is notorious for withholding truths, or using conservative extremes to make false claims about his nation.

There may be some questioning about U.S. foreign policy, and the shifts that have taken place over the last several decades (and especially the last 10 years), but those are issues that need to be addressed.

Hopefully, President Obama will stop making the choices of his predecessor, and will allow himself to be pulled into this discussion.


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