If this has been specifically asked and discussed, please feel free to shut down this thread. I am interested in what other people think about this topic. Of course, legions of threads can be devoted to defining "terrorist." For purposes of this thread - if anyone is interested in discussing it - I suggest keeping it simple and say that "terrorist" denotes anyone you think qualifies. Do you think Eric Rudolph is/was a terrorist? Fine. Do you think Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is/was a terrorist? Fine. Do you think Hamas is/was a terrorist organization? Fine. Do you think George Bush is/was a terrorist? Fine. The point - or at least the point I think is interesting to debate - is would you, as a major world leader, negotiate with a terrorist or terrorist group? Would you "recognize" the person or group? Do you think there is nothing to lose by picking up the phone to talk, or sitting face to face, with a terrorist? Do you think there is everything to lose by doing so? Are you in the middle; if so, which way do you lean? I have always answered, "Hell no. Never negotiate with terrorists." Now, I find myself asking whether that position is realistic, or even logistically possible. Just curious what others think. Thanks.