What follows is the unedited transcript of an online dialogue between an Orthodox Catholic Neoconservative and myself. The conversation began with the following post and subsequent quip. What unraveled in the process is a revealing glimpse into the ideology behind the US involvement in the Middle East, and especially our policies toward Iranian nuclear technology.
Neocon: Sure, they murder Muslim apostates, depict the U.S. as “The Great Satan” and have the explicit foreign policy goals of completely dsetroying the US and Israel.
But let’s TALK to them! I’m sure they’re reasonable people!
Quite simply, they are barbarians, and we are a superior civilization. I know such “ethnocentrism” is against what is being taught to college students and good progressives these days
This is not a Christian nation. It is however a nation based on Christian morality as enforced through political rationalism, and the freedoms we have are seen as necessary because of a Christian understanding of human dignity.
Islam, or at least
We in the West respect human rights, freedom of speech and religion, the equality of women and all racial groups.
Iran will never respect us in negotiations until they stop believing what they believe, that is, radical Islam. To them we are demons. There is no negotiation in the face of that.
Of course, we can avoid war. But to do that we must not talk to them (a sign of weakness) but sanction and pressure them, always with the threat of military force. If we presume to have obtained peace, through some concession, it will only embolden them to greater misdeeds and increase the likelihood of a much greater conflict.
“The United States and Israel both need to first adknowledge that the hatred toward the west has roots in the aggressive foreign policies of the last fifty years…”
This is just not true. It is comforting for us Westerners to believe, because it means all we have to do is change ourselves and the mean men won’t hurt as anymore.
The other alternative, that they are bent on our destruction no matter what, means we must fight them, and we don’t want to have to do that.
I can’t believe you’re actually citing Ahmenijad’s complaints. Of course the conditions for compromise don’t favor his nation. His nation is bent on genocidal destruction. The reasonable exchange is, “cease all nuclear activities, or