Iranian official offers glimpse from within: A desire for U.S. ally

Every once in a while we see a glimmer of hope.  I'm not going to quote anything from this article because i think interested parties and our state department should read it in its entirety and within its original context.  Are these "senior Iranian government officials" who hold these beliefs in a position to ascend to leadership of the country?  Do these beliefs extend to the highest levels of the religious leadership and even the Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei himself?  If so, then should the American government not extend feelers to these officials?   Should we not try to normalize relations if we can?

Clarification 02/23/2007
First i must assume that you have made a careful and detailed read of Christiane Amanpour's article for it forms the basis of my thinking here.  It recalls to my mind the Cuban Missile Crisis of '62 where a correspondant from ABC news gets a feeler from Alexandre Feklisov of the KGB indicating that Khrushchev is at odds with hard-liners in the Kremlin but neverless is in a position to deal.  Because Kennedy listened to this back channel we were able to avoid a nuclear holocaust.  Now Amanpour is certainly a respected journalist and if she reports that she met with "senior Iranian government officials" who report that the Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei is ready to normalize relations with the US and even become our ally against the common enemy Al Kida, i for one believe it. Amanpour probably needed to go public with this because the hard-liners is Washington have turned a deaf ear to these kinds of feelers. 

M, in 6141, has chosen a cartoon that elequently illustrates this hard-line position and has also voiced that position in his comments.  We all know that position.  The problem with it is, if carried forward, we will end in a disaster that will make the Iraq fiasco look like a cake walk.  It is time for us to listen for other options.

A thoughtful analysis of the current situation is given by Abbas Milani, the director of Iranian studies at Stanford.  It deserves a careful read.  After analyzing the various scripts in play he arrives at the following conclusion ...
source: nyt
War and peace with Iran are both possible today. With prudence, backed by power but guided by the wisdom to recognize the new signals coming from Tehran, the United States can today achieve a principled solution to the nuclear crisis. Congress, vigilant American citizens and a resolute policy from America

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Seth says
Here is a draft of the actual text of the report from the IAEA titled "Implementation of the NPT Safeguards Agreement and Relevant Provisions of Security Council Resolution 1737 (2006) in the Islamic Republic of Iran"  ... an interesting read.

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