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talking to Iran

News piece in NYT today about the debate within the administration over direct talks with Iran.

I’d love to see them try to justify military action without trying direct talks. That would be funny:

“We’ve tried everything possible before taking this action…”

“Did you talk to them?”

“Well… our friends did.”

“But did you?”

“Um, no…”

The scary thought is that they might do it as a formality, just so they can avoid this conversation.

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a couple links

The Ethical Traveler–I’ve been having thoughts on this exact subject for a while. Travel as international relations, presenting your own unique American face, unmediated. If I had a job or some money, I’d probably start planning a trip.

U.S. House Resolution 153–calling for a national day of prayer and fasting in this time of conflict. Warning: lots of strong Christian language, for those of you with issues about Christianity.

I like the spirit of the idea. This is the paragraph that got me:

Whereas, on March 30, 1863, in the midst of the Civil War, Abraham Lincoln, at the bequest of the Senate, and himself recognizing the need of the Nation to humble itself before God in repentance for its national sins, proclaimed a day of fasting, prayer and humiliation;

This is an unusual use of the word “humiliation.” From Webster’s (via dictionary.com):

humiliation

\Hu*mil`i*a”tion\, n. [L. humiliatio: cf. F. humiliation.] 1. The act of humiliating or humbling; abasement of pride; mortification. –Bp. Hopkins.

Source: Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, © 1996, 1998 MICRA, Inc.

So, humiliation as instilling humility. Sounds like something we could use around here. Seems to me like a proper attitude for a nation at war, whatever your religion. Or your opinion about the war, for that matter.