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San Leandro mayor supports diplomacy with Iran

According to Cities for Progress, a network of elected officials and community activists working together under the umbrella of the Washington, D.C.-based Institute of Policy Studies — a progressive think tank — San Leandro Mayor Tony Santos is one of 35 U.S. mayors who has signed a resolution discouraging our country from preemptively invading Iran.

The resolution was initiated by Bob Kiss, the mayor of Burlington, Vt., at the recent U.S. Conference of Mayors summit in Miami, when he called for action from fellow mayors to support diplomacy with the Middle Eastern country. The initiative also is supported by such organizations as CODEPINK, Global Exchange and Cities for Peace, and it apparently echoes Congresswoman Barbara Lee’s recent call for peaceful negotiations with Iran.

In addition to Santos, Oakland Mayor Ron Dellums, Richmond Mayor Gayle McLaughlin and Pleasanton Mayor Jennifer Hosterman signed the resolution.

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  • falynn

    San-sense Santos can’t even run San Leandro–no one gives a rat’s ass what he thinks about national affairs.

  • craig

    Santos has got it right. Every time Bush rattles his saber at Iran,what he’s really saying is “kick it up a notch (oil prices) baby.”

  • ulno13

    I think President Bush properly addressed this foolish notion in a speech earlier this year:

    “Some seem to believe that we should negotiate with the terrorists and radicals, as if some ingenious argument will persuade them they have been wrong all along. We have heard this foolish delusion before. As Nazi tanks crossed into Poland in 1939, an American senator declared: ‘Lord, if I could only have talked to Hitler, all this might have been avoided.’ We have an obligation to call this what it is — the false comfort of appeasement, which has been repeatedly discredited by history.”