Iranian Letter

I read with great interest the letter sent by Iran’s President to President Bush this week — and, despite myself, liked much of it.

Unfortunately, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad reveals his true colors in a predictable non sequitur at the end of the letter. Ahmadinejad closes an otherwise relatively sensible letter with the following statement that by no means follows from the foregoing content of the letter:

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?

So much for sensible dialogue from Iran.

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6 thoughts on “Iranian Letter

  1. <>through faith in God and the teachings of the prophets, the people will conquer their problems.<> Isn’t this the message of many conservative believers in this country too? Is it faith-based politics that disturb you, or simply the faith-based politics of fanatical Islamists? BTW, Slate < HREF="http://www.slate.com/id/2141589/fr/rss/" REL="nofollow">seriously and sensibly suggests<> that Bush respond.

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  2. I’m not referring so much to what is quoted in the post. Ahmadinejad is known for publicly denying the Holocaust happened and calling for the destruction of Israel.At the very end of his letter he writes:“<>Liberalism and Western style democracy have not been able to help realize the ideals of humanity. Today these two concepts have failed.<>“Though I don’t believe he comes right out and says it, he is doubtlessly advocating the imposition of Iranian-style Islamic government as the solution to the world’s problems.

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  3. ronan, it wasn’t clear if you were referring to danithew or me. I actually thought that much of the letter makes sense to religious believers, all the way up to the part about the failure of liberalism and the West.

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  4. John is right. Mahmoud Ahmadinajad does not sound that much different than Pat Robertson. They both tell us that the world is going to hell unless we subject ourselves to “God.” Of course, Robertson, Ahmadinajad and other fundamentalists can rarely agree on who God is and who speaks for Him, Her, or It. Because of that disagreement theocracy requires the suppression of religious freedom and scholarship.A liberal democracy lets an evangelical and a Shiite fundamentalist live as equals. That beats any form of theocracy any day.Whatever the shortcoming of liberal democracy, compared to any theocracy in human history liberal democracy is far superior. Iranians know that. It’s the reason why George W. Bush is more popular in Iran than in the United States.

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