As Tehran raise fears with its increasing nuclear capability, the world must address Iran’s emotional needs and agree to a nonagression pact, says Sen. Joseph Biden, D-Del.
Biden was cited by Boston Globe columnist H.D.S. Greenway, who wrote that President Bush’s rhetoric about freedom and specific references to Iran is making people wonder if Tehran will be the next target, after Iraq.
Greenway wrote yesterday: “Senator Joseph Biden said that even if Iran was a full democracy like India, it would want nuclear capability, like India. What the world needed to address was Iran’s emotional needs, he said, with a nonaggression pact.”
The columnist added that the U.S. and Europe might not succeed in preventing an Iranian nuclear bomb “unless they are willing to address Iran’s nightmares and guarantee its safety. But that runs contrary to the reigning theology in Washington that divides the world into good and evil, and believes in the benefits of using force.”
Reacting to Biden’s concern for Tehran’s needs, Jerome Corsi, author of “Unfit for Command” and “Atomic Iran,” said: “Senator Biden has been a consistent supporter of the terrorist-supporting regime currently in control of Iran. He has accepted campaign contributions from the pro-mullah lobby in the U.S. Joe Biden is one of the mullahs’ key ‘go-to’ guys when the mad mullahs in Tehran want a favor done for them in Washington D.C.”
Biden engaged in a rare public exchange with an Iranian official Jan. 28 at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.
The senator is at odds with administration officials who believe the way to handle Tehran’s suspected nuclear weapons program and support for terrorism is through isolation.
After expressing concern about Tehran’s nuclear intentions, the senator told Foreign Minister Kamal Kharrazi he also is urging his own government to rethink its positions.
“You have to grow up and my administration has to grow up, with all due respect, and find out if there is any common ground,” Biden said. “We are on the course of unintended consequences.”
Biden criticized Bush’s unwillingness to rule out an armed response.
“I hope we’re all smarter about this, smarter than we’ve been,” he said. “I hope our leadership is brighter because if it’s not, it’s a very dull picture for the region, and for humanity.”