I've been thinking about this for some time.
The United States and many other countries have a policy of refusing to negotiate with terrorists. For the Bush administration, this extends to Iran and North Korea as well. My question is really quite simple.
Maybe I'm being incredibly naive or stupid or something. But exactly what do we lose? Does sitting down and talking in some way mean we're committed in any way to a particular action? Does not
talking discourage international rouges? What exactly is accomplished with such a policy? Is it a policy to simply pander to vengeance driving voters? Is it not possible to convey toughness more clearly face to face?
Talk about turning the tables. What if Bush came out and said that he wanted to immediately open negotiations with al Qaeda. Wouldn't that change some dynamics in the international arena?