Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Ahmedinijad wants to debate Obama if he's re-elected


TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Mahmoud Ahmadinejad proposed on Monday a face-to-face debate with President Barack Obama at the United Nations if he is re-elected next month as Iran's president.

But he balanced the offer with a sharp rebuke to Washington and its allies over Iran's nuclear program. He reiterated that Iran would never abandon its advances in uranium enrichment in exchange for offers of easing sanctions or other economic incentives.

The nuclear issue "is closed," he told a news conference.

Obama has urged a "serious process of engagement" after Iran's elections in an effort to end a nearly 30-year diplomatic chill. However last week, the American leader said the U.S. was prepared to seek deeper international sanctions against Tehran if it did not respond positively to the attempts to open negotiations on its nuclear program. Obama set a year-end deadline for Iran to show it wanted to engage with Washington.

I think this isn't only a good idea between Obama and Ahmedinijad, it's a good idea between many world leaders. It's the 21st century, we should all be able to talk to eachother in public. A moderated debate forum between different world leaders would give us all a lot of insight and put a lot out into the open. Plus, what's anyone to be afraid of? Most world leaders are probably pretty good debaters if they're in their position.