Friday, March 27, 2015

During arms control negotiations with Russian President Mikhail Gorbachev in the 1980s, President Ronald Reagan used the words "trust, but verify."

Now, as U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry continues negotiating with Iran over its nuclear program, Reagan's strategy needs to be front and center.

March 31 is seen as the date for a final agreement with Iran, but announcing a deadline just plays into the hands of Islamic extremists, who are never governed by a calendar or time clock.

There are very good reasons to be suspicious of any deal forged with the Iranians.

Letters To The Editor

Dear Editor,

The action of a man who volunteers to die for his fellow creatures is universally regarded as noble. The extra claim not to have "really" died makes the whole sacrifice tricky and meretricious. (Thus, those who say Christ died for my sins; when he did not really "die" at all are making a statement that is false in its own terms.) Having no reliable or consistent witnesses to certify such an extraordinary claim, we are finally entitled to say that we have a right, if not an obligation, to respect ourselves enough to disbelieve the whole thing.