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    having substantive discussions with a potential enemy (which I'm in favor of) and throwing a party to uncritically praise a brutal dictator (which I'm against), there's no sense in going further here.

    How you deduce that I'm somehow against talking to Castro because I criticized Carter for celebrating a dictator is beyond logic.

    Deciding not to celebrate a brutal dictator at an exclusive and rather expensive state function is markedly different in every respect from deciding not to have serious, respectful, substantive discussions with that same leader.

    If F.D.R. met with Hitler in 1938 to negotiate a treaty to prevent further hostilities, that would be a good thing. If he invited Hitler to the White House in order to publicly celebrate the man at an official state dinner, that would be a bad thing. (By 1938, Hitler's human rights abuses were well-documented and widely reported, just as Ceauşescu's were in 1978.)

    Thanks for the discussion.

    "Someone who does not see a pane of glass does not know that he does not see it." --Simone Weil

    by AgnesBee on Wed Dec 10, 2008 at 08:48:59 PM PST

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