Originally Posted by SpringheelJack
What reason have they given us to trust them? Why do we have to accept their culture when they are openly hostile to ours? Why do we have to try and talk them out of nukes, or accept that they'll get them, when we can forcibly prevent them? Why do we have to keep trying to open lines of dialogue when they never do, and instead rely on attacking us or our allies? Why do we have to disregard integral tenets of our beliefs like basic human equality just to avoid annoying them?
Because Dick Cheney's party lost the election and because trying the tactic you've mentioned for the last 8 years has only gotten us an Iran closer to nukes that's never been further away diplomatically.
Why is it always up to us to make the concession, to turn the other cheek, to look the other way? And how are we the bad guy if we aren't trying hard enough to give in to their demands?
We haven't had a cheek smacked by them (NK or Iran) to have to turn the other cheek. I'm sure you weren't alive for it, and I wasn't even standing yet, but the U.S. has been responsible for more U.S. deaths in Iran than Iran has. We're not the bad guys if we don't make concessions, we're idiots if we don't talk.
And what, exactly, holds higher priority than freedom and human dignity?
As I said in the first sentence of the paragraph you're addressing, nukes. If I have to choose between an Iranian wife catching a beating for walking down the street alone or a tactical nuke popping off in downtown Manhattan, the wife's on her own.
Nothing has caused the death of more people on this planet than religion and ideology. Strict adherence to either, by either side, never ends well.