Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Letter from Ahmadinejad to Bush

Yahoo! News reported Ahmadinejad, whose Islamic government is suspected by the West of pursuing nuclear weapons, questions whether Christ and other religious prophets would have approved of U.S. policies and actions in the Middle East. "I have been told that Your Excellency follows the teachings of Jesus (Peace be upon him) and believes in the divine promise of the rule of the righteous on Earth," Ahmadinejad wrote Bush, who has said that Christ is his favorite philosopher. "If Prophet Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Ishamel, Joseph, or Jesus Christ (Peace Be Upon Him) were with us today, how would they have judged such behavior?" he wrote.

I suspect that all of them, knowing how Saddam treated his neighbors (Iran and Kuwait) and his own people (the Kurds in the North, and the Shia in the South), needed to be removed, and they would have approved of what we did. How do you think they would have approved of your developing nuclear weapons so that you could wipe Israel off the map?

Muhammed (pbuh) might have approved if he just focused on the narrow idea of removing Israel, but if he realized that the response would likely remove not just all of Iran, but much of the rest of Muslim countries, and bring the return of Jesus Christ and not the 12 imam, and that rather than a global caliphate Christ would rule for 1000 years, I doubt if even he would approve.

Michael Slackman wrote in NYT Locked in a conflict with the West over its nuclear program, the Iranian, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, made the observations in a letter on Monday that the Iranian government said "raised new ways of solving problems."

And I am sure you like the idea of atomic weapons, but there is no way you would hold off using them once you got them, and the response would destroy you.
The 18-page letter, whose text was made available to The New York Times by United Nations diplomats on Tuesday, did not offer any concrete proposals for dealing with the crisis, but suggested that the United States give up its liberal, democratic, secular system and turn more toward religion.
I actually agree with him, if everyone was completely free to choose his own religion, but not if one religion wanted to take over by force, and that if anyone wanted to leave that religion if they would be killed.
"Those with insight can already hear the sounds of the shattering and fall of the ideology and thoughts of the liberal democratic systems," Mr. Ahmadinejad wrote.
Are you hearing voices, in addition to those imagined sounds?
State Department officials said there was nothing in the letter relevant to current talks with Iran about its nuclear programs.
Of course not, because he has no intention of stopping.
.... The letter was framed entirely in religious terms but also laid out a populist manifesto of anti-Americanism, offering illustrations of what has won the Iranian a following among many ordinary people throughout the Middle East. He presented himself as the defender not only of Muslims but of all oppressed people, including those in Africa and Latin America.
He envisions being the next Caliph.
.... "My basic question is this: Is there no better way to interact with the rest of the world? Today there are hundreds of millions of Christians, hundreds of millions of Muslims, and millions of people who follow the teachings of Moses. All divine religions share and respect one word, and that is monotheism, or belief in a single God and no other in the world."
And if you would like to focus your efforts at reforming Islam, and bringing it into the 21st century, respecting equally all three of those faiths, rather than focusing on getting 21st century weapons to use in an eighth century desire for world domination, then I would be more interested in what you have to say.

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