Thursday, May 11, 2006

Positive Developments for Iran

Summary: A couple of very positive developments occurred with relation to Iran in the last few days. No…’The Letter’ to President Bush wasn’t one of them. American reaction to it was, however. This, plus sarcasm wins the day, and a dissident escapes the evil clutches—all on this edition of Serving Iraq and Iran. I hope you’ll join us.

It was interesting to note how little original material Mahmoud Ahmadinejad presented in ‘The Letter’ to President Bush the other day. It was largely a rehash of everything the lunatic liberal fringe has been saying for a long time—over and over again with the Hitlerian attitude that if you say something enough times people will think it is true. Effectively, American liberals wrote Ahmadinejad’s letter for him.

Did it just make you angry that he could actually write such tripe? It did me at first, but then I started thinking about it, and calmed down a little bit. And then I read what President Bush’s reaction was, and I was very impressed that America is in good hands because the Bush administration is not prone to overreaction as I sometimes am. And then I was able to step back and laugh at how childish ‘The Letter’ actually was.

Bush’s response to ‘The Letter” was very professional. He simply brought up the point that Iran did not answer the question already on the table: Are you going to stop trying to develop nuclear weapons?

Actually, President Bush didn’t need to respond to “The Letter”. Iranians have done a much better job. Roozonline.com did a wonderful satire of President Ahmadinejad shortly before “The Letter” appeared. Among other things, here is some of what the satire had to say:
One might think that the Guardian Council made you president just to produce nuclear energy.

If you had a notepad and wrote these things down, the government would have something to do now, and you wouldn't be such a pest about yellowcake and nuclear energy.

You said that with a minor effort... Iran can become a superpower... Did you mean a superpower like China or America?... or like Kuwait and Afghanistan?

I hope that you manage to make Iran a superpower before it is completely destroyed.
(Click here to read a full analysis of the roozonline satire.)

In another interesting development, Iranian dissident Amir Abbas Fakhravar recently escaped Iran and visited with Richard Perle in an undisclosed location. Mr. Fakhravar has been oppressed, imprisoned, and tortured by the Iranian regime since 2002 when he wrote a book critical of Iran, called This Place is Not a Ditch. He recently warned America not to take ‘The Letter’ seriously as it is a stalling tactic similar to what North Korea does when it needs more time to work on its nefarious plans. He states that millions of Iranians want “freedom at any cost” and are grateful to members of the United States Congress (mostly republicans) for their concern and willingness to help. (Click here to read the full text of the New York Sun article.)

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad made (or was instructed to make) this pre-emptive political strike of sorts simply because he realizes that Iran is not in the driver’s seat. The Iranian government realizes that it has no moral authority in the world (let alone in its own country), reminded of this over and over again by that fact that its populace is lacking in nearly every liberty and many of the general comforts of life. It realizes that it could be toppled like a house of cards if the circumstances were right. The circumstances—for the overthrow of a diabolical government and its replacement by a free democratic republic—are aligning themselves more closely each day.

Ahmadinejad sent ‘The Silly Letter’ out of fear. And he should be afraid.

13 comments:

Elizabeth said...

Do you really believe American liberals support the views of Ahmadinejad? This type of slander is really not helpful.

Frank Staheli said...

Elizabeth,

Considering what I said in my post regarding Ahmadinejad getting his ideas from American liberals, the answer to your question is Yes.

I don't know how truth could ever be construed to be slander.

Anonymous said...

You're pretty critical of the Iranian government. Understandable considering you come from a manipulative country that "oppresses, imprisons and tortures" people without charge. Excercises it's own "Hitlerian" motives by invading without due process, and whos general foreign policy would be a joke if it weren't so diabolically exploitive. But go ahead, if it makes you feel better. Lay your big nazi boots into another country.

Frank Staheli said...

Anonymous,

Usually people read the post before commenting on it.

But thank you for your comments and your interest in my site. Everyone is entitled to his or her opinion, even if that opinion is uneducated and of the knee-jerk variety.

"The trouble with our liberal friends is not that they're ignorant: It's just that they know so much that isn't so."

- Ronald Reagan

Matt said...

I actually read the letter. You can read it here: , that is if you want to waste your time. I knew it was a waste of time to read it but just wanted to see how much the "elected" president over there is a kook. Keep reminding people, Frank, that power lies with the Supreme Leader; the presidential position exists to fool people here in the US. Also (this comes courtesy of RegimeChangeIran) Ahmadenijad's (or however you spell his name, I've really given up) sect was so radical it was driven underground by Ayat Allah Ruhollah Khomeini when he came to Iran in '79. anonymous, you strike me as either one of two things 1) Extreme leftist 2)IRI government employee. Frank, being very active on RegimeChangeIran, there's usually one or two people logged on from Iran when I visit most of the time. That web log is banned in Iran, so the people that have access to it, needeless to say are information warfare agents of the IRI. anonymous might very well be one, considering they like attacking the US on points they know they can hit such as torture (which yes we did and occasionally do practice, but IT'S NOT A PART OF OUR SOP THE MAJORITY OF THE TIME) or Iraq. I have a suggestion Frank. Make your next post about suffering of women under the current government over there. I can guarantee no IRI agent would go near that. They never do on RegimeChangeIran, at least.

Matt said...

Whoops, forgot the URL to the letter : http://www.iribnews.ir/Full_en.asp?news_id=212906&n=2

Sorry, I hate forgetting something and doing another comment.

Frank Staheli said...

Matt,

Good idea for an upcoming post--women in Iran. I recently read a book called Reading Lolita in Iran that goes to great lengths to explain the injustices that women in Iran undergo on a daily basis.

Elizabeth said...

I believe there was a misunderstanding here. Maybe Ahmadinejad did get "ideas" from "American liberals." I haven't read the whole letter yet so I don't know. However, I believe the way you wrote your post implies that American liberals are in league with Ahmadinejad which is not the case. Furthermore, if Ahmadinejad did pepper his letter with liberal ideas, we should question his sincerity, since liberalism is hardly the philosophy he espouses.

Frank Staheli said...

Elizabeth,

Thanks for the clarification. What I meant by that part of my post is that Ahmadinejad got a lot of the ideas for his letter out of what liberals have been saying about Iraq and the Bush administration. I don't have any evidence, nor do I believe that they are working together with Iran.

I appreciate your last comment about liberalism. I, personally, do doubt his sincerity about the letter. I think that his virulent brand of Islam is sincere about one thing--converting the world to their creed through whatever means possible, including sending phoney letters to President Bush.

Elizabeth said...

Ok; I read the letter (most of it anyway). I don't know why Ahmadinejad wrote it. Actually the letter does not seem to have very many ideas at all. It is mainly a brief history of some events of the past several decades, with some religious sermonizing thrown in. It may be an attempt to steer people to religion as you have theorized. Why the President of Iran would spend time doing this though...more likely it is an attempt to embarrass/discredit Bush, and perhaps the U.S. government in general, by pointing out mistakes, lies, and violations of international law that have occurred during Bush's regime and previously...but one has to wonder why Ahmadinejad bothered, being that Bush's poll ratings are in the 30-35 percent range.

Matt said...

Elizabeth, we are really turning the heat up on the mullahs and are pushing for UN Security Council Resolutions and sanctions on the Iranian Mullahcracy. They always try to pull something along these lines when we're close to success so we'll back off.

Elizabeth said...

But why would that work? Other people pointing out that the U.S. is hypocritical never stopped us before..

Frank Staheli said...

Elizabeth,

Define hypocritical. Do you mean in the current situation, or are you referring to past hypocrisies such as you cited in your comments on "Iraqi Constitution and Sharia"?