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May 10, 2006

Analyzing Ahmadinejad's Admonitions

Topics: Iran

I have had time to read and analyze the letter from Iran's President Ahmadinejad - and my conclusion? He has basically said, 'abandon democracy and join the [Islamic] religious revival', ... or else. President George W. Bush was right to dismiss this letter as a move by Tehran to divert attention from the nuclear issue. To give any public value to this letter would be a mistake.

However, behind the scenes our govenment should be taking this 18 page rambling letter very seriously. Ahmadinejad recounts all the supposed "sins" of the American government and calls on President Bush to abandon democracy and repent.

The people of many countries are angry about the attacks on their cultural foundations and the disintegration of families. They are equally dismayed with the fading of care and compassion. The people of the world have no faith in international organizations, because their rights are not advocated by these organizations. source
He is trying to stir up more problems between liberals and conservatives here in the US. He uses MSM talking points expertly. He talks about Latin America, Africa, Israel.

On Israel he says, "Millions of indigenous people were made refugees", insinuating obviously that the Israelis are NOT indigenous and have no right to be there. He asks "is support for this regime [Israel] in line with the teachings of Jesus Christ (Peace Be Upon Him) or Moses (Peace Be Upon Him) or liberal values?" Apparently Ahmadinejad doesn't think so.

Ahmadinejad mentions the large amounts of money spent in Iraq 'and how it could have been used for the 'homeless, hungry, unemloyed Americans living in poverty'. In a weird question that HE should have be asking HIMSELF, he asks President Bush:

If billions of dollars spent on security, military campaigns and troop movement were instead spent on investment and assistance for poor countries, promotion of health, combating different diseases, education and improvement of mental and physical fitness, assistance to the victims of natural disasters, creation of employment opportunities and production, development projects and poverty alleviation, establishment of peace, mediation between disputing states, and extinguishing the flames of racial, ethnic and other conflicts, were would the world be today? Would not your government and people be justifiably proud?
Laura Mansfield calls the letter a "last warning" of sorts.
"Islamic theology documents that no attack can be carried out in jihad without first offering the "unbelievers" the opportunity to "repent" and accept Islam. Only when that overture is rejected can an attack occur".
Middle East Web Log says the situation is 'worse than we had imagined'.
Ahmadinejad's letter reveals that the situation may be far worse than most people in the West expected. It is an extraordinary document in every respect. It is a sermon rather than a diplomatic missive. Even more worrisome, the letter is not just the work of one man. The Iranian foreign ministry billed the letter as "proposing new solutions for getting out of international problems and current fragile situation of the world"".

The "new solutions" offered by Ahmadinejad are these:

Liberalism and Western-style democracy have not been able to help realize the ideals of humanity. Today these two concepts have failed. Those with insight can already hear the sounds of the shattering and fall of the ideology and thoughts of the Liberal democratic systems.

We increasingly see that people around the world are flocking towards a main focal point -- that is the Almighty God. Undoubtedly through faith in God and the teachings of the prophets, the people will conquer their problems. My question for you is: "Do you not want to join them?"

Mr. President,

Whether we like it or not, the world is gravitating toward faith in the Almighty, and justice and the will of God will prevail over all things.

"Repent O sinner and return to the true faith," quoth he. That is the "new solution" offered by the Iranian government. It is the sort of letter that an early caliph might send to the ruler of a city he was besieging. On the face of it, the "war of civilizations" has probably not been declared so explicitly in international correspondence for the past several hundred years: abandon democracy and join the religious revival.
Does this surprise anybody? I don't think so, but the fact Ahmadinejad has put this down in writing, for the entire world to see, is a bold move on his part. Showing weakness? No way, this is 'drawing a line in the sand' and we need to see it that way. This may indeed be our final warning from Iran.

Cross posted at Right Truth

Posted by Debbie at May 10, 2006 8:43 PM

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