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Ayatollah Ali Khamenei Warns Against US Ties

Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei claimed his nation was peace-loving unlike the warlike United States and noted: “The U.S. administration is in a situation whereein restoring diplomatic ties with it will be harmful to iran and we naturally should not pursue that.” He pointed out the US had diplomatic relations with Iraq before invading that nation, and warned against allowing the US to use the guise of diplomatic relations as a strategy to stir up anger against the Iranian government. He argued America is reeling from a series of Middle Eastern disasters and seeking to find some nation to blame for its own failures. In a jab at the Bush administration he trotted out abuses in Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo as evidence the Americans abuse human rights, not Iran.

The comments about not pursuing relations with the United States at this time suggest a recognition that change is occurring within America. Perhaps, the Supreme Leader is sending a message to the new president that Iran might be welcome to an initiative that results in restoring relations between the two countries. He obviously has scant trust in the Bush administration and is simply waiting for it to expire before reaching out to the United States. Most probably, everything is on hold regarding Iran until after November’s election

Iran Demotes Hizbullah Leader In Anger Over War With Israel

The pan-Arab newspaper, Asharq Alawsa, reported that Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ali Khamenei has personally replaced the leader of Hizbullah from his position of power due to the initiation of the summer war with Israel. Hizbullah leader, Nassan Narallah was demoted and some of his responsibilities will be assumed by his deputy, Sheikh Na’im Kassen because the Iran leader was furious that Nasrallah created a conflict with Israel that led to an invasion and serious fighting. At the same time, Hizbullah issued a strong denial of having anything to do with the assassination of General Francois al-Hajj who was supposed to become head of Lebanon’s armed forces once General Michel Suleman moves on to the position of president of the nation.

It is still unclear as to the reasons for Nasrallah’s demotion but apparently his Iranian bosses did not agree with the strategy of confronting Israel and having a war. American war hawks in the Bush administration will now have to come up with new excuses to claim Iran only seeks war and terrorism in the Middle East. Apparently, Iran’s leadership did not seek a military confrontation with Israel and is replacing the person responsible for such action. Given this action and the recent publication of an American Intelligence report that Iran does not have nuclear weapons, it might be possible for the United States to cease its rhetoric of hate against Iran and engage in meaningful negotiations that would lead to peace in the Middle East and end of terrorism by Hizbullah and Hamas.