Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Iranian President's Letter to Bush Emerges

NYT reported In his letter to President Bush, Iran's President, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, declared that Western-style democracy had failed and that the use of secret prisons in Europe and aspects of the war in Iraq could not be reconciled with Mr. Bush's Christian values

What does he know about Christian values?
.... Mr. Ahmadinejad, who has said that Israel should be wiped off the map, again questioned the Holocaust and the basis upon which Israel was created, asking whether support for such a "regime" by the United States government was in line with Christian teachings.
Christ was a Jew, and he certainly never said anything bad about Judiasm.
"Again let us assume that these events are true," he wrote about the Holocaust. "Does that logically translate into the establishment of the state of Israel in the Middle East or support for such a state?"
Yes, Europe was embarrased they had not done something earlier to stop the Holocaust, and they felt Israel deserved a homeland in the area promised by God.
"A regime has been established which does not show mercy even to kids, destroys houses while the occupants are still in them, announces beforehand its list and plans to assassinate Palestinian figures and keeps thousands of Palestinians in prison," the letter says.
Children are killed in Israeli retalliations because the terrorists surround themselves with women and children hoping to hide, Israel always gives the homeowner an opportunity to leave a house before it tears it down, and it would not be tearing it down if a resident had not attacked Israel. And targeted retaliation against Palestinian terrorists are certainly better than homicide bombers killing everyone in a restaurant.
Mr. Ahmadinejad also calls the 9/11 attacks a "horrendous incident" in which the killing of innocent people was "deplorable." But he asks: "Why have the various aspects of the attacks been kept secret? Why are we not told who botched their responsibilities? And, why aren't those responsible and the guilty parties identified and put on trial?"
I dont know of anything about the 9/11 attacks that are still secret, and while some perhaps should have been fired, we dont put people on trial for just doing a bad job.
The letter provides at times a striking insight into the Iranian president's vision of double standards in American foreign policy, criticizing what he portrays as a lack of support for elected Palestinian and Latin American governments.
Does Iran support all governments equally, regardless of whether it agrees with them or not?
Mr. Ahmadinejad also portrays himself as having his finger on the pulse of the Middle East region. "As you are well aware," Mr. Ahmadinejad says, directly addressing President Bush, "I live amongst the people and am in constant contact with them — many people from around the Middle East manage to contact me as well.
If Iran did not control information flow in its country so severly, more people, including his own citizens, might be contacting him asking for changes.
They do not have faith in these dubious policies either."

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