Elaine Meinel Supkis
Perhaps all the world leaders should send us letters spelling out exactly how bad things are and how responsible we are for them and how we should arrest Bush and change course before our ship sinks. Of course, Americans who love, just LOVE to tell everyone how to live and how to vote and if they don't listen, we kill them or beat them up, hate it when we are scolded. So, here is Ahmedinejad's letter to America:
In the name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful
"O, Almighty God, bestow upon humanity the perfect human being promised to all by You, and make us among his followers."
Were we not faced with the activities of the US administration in this part of the world and the negative ramifications of those activities on the daily lives of our peoples, coupled with the many wars and calamities caused by the US administration as well as the tragic consequences of US interference in other countries; Were the American people not God-fearing, truth-loving, and justice-seeking, while the US administration actively conceals the truth and impedes any objective portrayal of current realities; And if we did not share a common responsibility to promote and protect freedom and human dignity and integrity;
Then, there would have been little urgency to have a dialogue with you.
This letter is very long so I decided to provide the links to each page at the official Iranian news site just llike I link to the official Chinese news when discussing diplomacy or international politics. This letter merits reading in whole despite the funny spacing and some occasional translation glitches. Certainly, the President of Iran wrote this most likely himself. And he is in competition with Bush who writes with a magic marker and treads his way through a speech like a drunk at night in a strange hotelroom.
You know well that the US administration has persistently provided blind and blanket support to the Zionist regime, has emboldened it to continue its crimes, and has prevented the UN Security Council from condemning it.
Who can deny such broken promises and grave injustices towards humanity by the US administration?
Governments are there to serve their own people. No people wants to side with or support any oppressors. But regrettably, the US administration disregards even its own public opinion and remains in the forefront of supporting the trampling of the rights of the Palestinian people.
Let's take a look at Iraq. Since the commencement of the US military presence in Iraq, hundreds of thousands of Iraqis have been killed, maimed or displaced. Terrorism in Iraq has grown
exponentially. With the presence of the US military in Iraq, nothing has been done to rebuild the ruins, to restore the infrastructure or to alleviate poverty. The US Government used the pretext of the existence of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, but later it became clear that that was just a lie and a deception.
Fixing the Palestinian situation fairly will help us greatly, it might not bring peace but that doesn't mean it isn't a correct thing to do. The lack of justice and mercy there reflects directly back on us just as slavery in the South degraded American values and truths. The concept of nobility, the idea of being better than base beasts hinges on striving to bring justice and fairness to all people.
The invasion of Iraq belly flopped because it had nothing to do with peace, justice, freedom and mercy and everything to do with oppression, theft, denial of sovereignty and pride. This is why we failed in Iraq and are failing in Afghanistan. There is nothing to admire. Our motives are base.
You have heard that the US administration is kidnapping its presumed opponents from across the globe and arbitrarily holding them without trial or any international supervision in horrendous prisons that it has established in various parts of the world. God knows who these detainees actually are, and what terrible fate awaits them.
You have certainly heard the sad stories of the Guantanamo and Abu-Ghraib prisons. The US administration attempts to justify them through its proclaimed "war on terror." But everyone knows that such behavior, in fact, offends global public opinion, exacerbates resentment and thereby spreads terrorism, and tarnishes the US image and its credibility among nations.
The US administration's illegal and immoral behavior is not even confined to outside its borders. You are witnessing daily that under the pretext of "the war on terror," civil liberties in the United States are being increasingly curtailed. Even the privacy of individuals is fast losing its meaning. Judicial due process and fundamental rights are trampled upon. Private phones are tapped, suspects are arbitrarily arrested, sometimes beaten in the streets, or even shot to death.
I have no doubt that the American people do not approve of this behavior and indeed deplore it.
The saddest thing about America is, thanks to winning WWII, we are still very full of ourselves and still imagine the world loves and admires us. This unrealistic self-image has been severely battered these last six years and the loss of prestige is very great and will be very difficult to fix. Right now, thanks to the Chinese, we can still throw some money around and pretend to be generous and kindly but this is rapidly ending. The people spreading money generously are the Chinese themselves now.
We have to grow up and wake up. This letter is an attempt at reaching us at home and jogging us into action. The requests are reasonable, the solutions are obvious. We have no desire to fix ourselves because frankly, we think we are the good guys, the best of humanity.
I am confident that you, the American people, will play an instrumental role in the establishment of justice and spirituality throughout the world. The promises of the Almighty and His prophets will certainly be realized, Justice and Truth will prevail and all nations will live a true life in a climate replete with love, compassion and fraternity.
The US governing establishment, the authorities and the powerful should not choose irreversible paths. As all prophets have taught us, injustice and transgression will eventually bring about decline and demise. Today, the path of return to faith and spirituality is open and unimpeded.
We should all heed the Divine Word of the Holy Qur'an:
"But those who repent, have faith and do good may receive Salvation. Your Lord, alone, creates and chooses as He will, and others have no part in His choice; Glorified is God and Exalted above any partners they ascribe to Him." (28:67-68)
I pray to the Almighty to bless the Iranian and American nations and indeed all nations of the world with dignity and success.
President of the Islamic Republic of Iran
29 November 2006
Will we throw spit wads at him? Will we mock this letter and sneer as loud as possible? Does the sun rise in the East?
This is a wonderful opportunity to open a sane dialogue with Iran and the people there. Just like Kennedy arranged for the red telephone to be installed on his and Khruschev's desks, talking is much cheaper than warmongering. Opening a conversation is opening a door. The USA can't keep the door to Teheran shut forever no matter how many nails we drive into the panels!
The startling news of the alliance between the Shi'ite President of Iraq and the Shi'ite President of Iran isn't a headline anywhere right now and I suspect this is due to it being totally out of whack with the propaganda stream that struggles to depict Iran as the Axis of Evil and us as the Good Guys.
By PAULINE JELINEK, Associated Press Writer 14 minutes ago
WASHINGTON - A bipartisan commission has reached a consensus on new U.S. policies for Iraq and will announce its recommendations next week, the group's co-chairman said Wednesday.
Former Rep. Lee Hamilton, D-Ind., declined to disclose any specifics about the Iraq Study Group's decisions. The report, much anticipated by the Bush administration and members of Congress, is coming out next Wednesday amid the spiraling violence in Iraq that has raised questions about the viability of the Iraqi government and U.S. policy for a deeply unpopular war
"This afternoon, we reached a consensus ... and we will announce that on December 6," Hamilton told a forum on national security at the Center for American Progress, a liberal group.
'I'm a-commin', Sheriff!' yells Hamilton as he limps across the street, chewing his craw and spitting into a spitoon. Yup. Why, at this rate, they will be done typing up this gosh-darn fancy pantsy report and it will knock our socks off! Yassir!
They had to say something tonight because at this point, the lack of anything concrete is totally embarrassing. But these dumb slackers are still poking along. Ever hear of staying up all night to type up that midterm report, guys? Can't you find an enterprising college sorority chick to do this for you? Eh?
By MATT APUZZO, Associated Press Writer 25 minutes ago
WASHINGTON - The Bush administration must immediately resume housing payments for thousands of people displaced by Hurricane Katrina, a federal judge said Wednesday, heaping more criticism on the government's handling of the 2005 disaster.
U.S. District Judge Richard J. Leon's ruling sharply criticized the Federal Emergency Management Agency for illegally cutting housing funding and subjecting storm victims to a convoluted application process he called "Kafkaesque."
How embarrassing is this? We have to twist Bush's arms to get him to care for five minutes about Americans? Eh? Is this how far we have fallen?
Q: Some of the reports have suggested that the Pentagon, and you in particular, are considering essentially throwing in the towel in al-Anbar province, shifting those Marines to Baghdad, and simply turning al-Anbar province over to the Iraqis. Is that something that you're giving serious consideration to?
Q: Care to elaborate on that at all?
PACE: You gave me a very straight question. I gave you a very straight answer.
Gah. This is total insanity. This is demented. And we can't afford it. And the precious plans to fix Iraq so the Iraqis will kiss our asses is assinine. Lordy.