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May 11, 2006

More On That 'Hello To The Great Satan"

Topics: Iran

Continuing on with the Iran issue, Mehrdad Sheibani offers a very good perspective on the second week of May 2006 which began with the removal of the British foreign secretary Jack Straw and ended with a letter from Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to US president George Bush.

One of the two of the more interesting of Sheibani points was his take on Ahmadinejad's letter:

(...) ... those few outlets that still can write anything different from the proclamations of Ahmadinejad's government interpreted the letter to be aimed at opening the door for diplomatic relations between the Islamic Republic and the US.

In the letter, the United States of America, which ayatollah Khomeini had called the Great Satan and, in the words of Mohammad Ali Abtahi, with whom any direct or even indirect talks were pronounced absolutely forbidden, is addressed differently from the past. Ahmadinejad addresses George Bush as "Excellency", "freedom-seeker", believer in God, some one who opposes nuclear weapons, terrorism, and, who is a defender of human rights. Ali Larijani, who is in charge of Iran's nuclear talks and had succeeded in getting a visa to go to Turkey after US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice traveled there, said, "Perhaps the letter will open a new diplomatic chapter, but it needs time." Abtahi on the other hand interpreted his comments to mean that what Larijani had said was that this is the introduction to diplomatic relations. But perhaps the most succinct explanation came from Iran's UN representative Mohammad Javad Zarif, who had been recently informed of some important decisions through a senior emissary Mohammad Nahavandian. He told Sky News which is heard in the US, "Political wrangling will not help any one at this time. We must start a thoughtful process. This is a step towards compromise."
However, given Iran's history of lying to buy time and not living up to it's agreements, and of course the well known "Al-Taqiya" (Muslim method of conquest from the verb Ittaqu, means linguistically dodge the threat), one has to ask if a potential nuclear holocaust with nuclear weapons in the hands of terrorists is worth "hoping" that Iran isn't lying and deceiving the West - this time.

As to Sheibani's other more interesting point, he refers to the sacking of Jack Straw and the potential for China and Russian to pass on a veto of sanctioning Iran:

The British daily the Guardian attributed the sacking of Straw to Iran, and other commentators mostly agreed with it. The gist of the view is that he was removed because he was against the use of force against Iran. This could have influenced the outcome of the important Security Council meeting on Monday, which ended without a consensus. The European draft resolution which is supported by the US and which smells of war, continues to be opposed by China and Russia. But the Chinese foreign minister also said that it would not veto a UN Security Resolution, while his Russian counterpart told Iran's foreign minister Manoutchehr Mottaki, "We have not promised to veto sanctions against Iran."
Be sure to catch the rest and be better informed about what's going on in and with - Iran.

Posted by Richard at May 11, 2006 3:50 PM

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