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Iranian Leader Defies Western Powers

Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution, Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, responded to UN and western offers regarding his nation’s atomic energy program, by telling a rally “the enemies of the Islamic system imagine that by hatching an economic plot and threatening with sanctions they can undermine the perseverance of Iranians. But the great nation of Iran will once again foil this plot just like it has overome economics anctions over the last thirty years.” He was undoubtedly responding to an offer from permanent nations on the Security Council(pluse Germany) to initiate discussions concerning ways in which Iran could peacefully pursue atomic energy development.

The current approach of making offers through the media may not be the best approach in dealing with Iran. Why not get Turkey, which has excellent relations with Iran, or China to head a two nation effort to reach out to the Iranian government? It may well be difficult for Iranians to believe any offer that includes America as long as America issues bombastic threats against Iran. Quiet diplomacy stands a better chance for success.

Tehran Demands US Apology

Iran’s Foreign Minister Manuchehr Mottaki urged the United States to apologize for its false statements about Iran’s nuclear program and admit it made incorrect asessments in discussing nuclear programs in his nation. Mottaki was proud the UN International Atomic Energy Agency supportted its contention that no nuclear bomb program was in operation. Mohammaed AlBaradei of the IAEA presented a report which stated: “The agency has been able to continue to verify the non-diversion of declalred nuclear material in Iran.” In a meeeting with foreign ambassadors and respresentatives in Iran, Mottaki said it was time for the West to admit incorrect evaluations were made regarding Iran’s atomic development program.

The United States over the past fifty years has intervened in the internal affairs of Iran including overthrowing a democratically elected government in the 1950s that was NOT under the control of clerics. Perhaps, it is time to apologize, not merely to the government of Iran, but to the Iranian people for our past blunders. Such an apology might open new possibillities for cooperation between the two nations.

Ayathollah Khamenei: Independent Iran And Powerful Russia Important

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the real ruler of Iran, told President Putin, “In the same way that an independent Iran would benefit Russia, a powerful Russia also would benefit Iran.” He argued both nations share a common enemy and he welcomes cooperation with Russia because it has shown support for his nation. The Ayatollah referred to continued American hostility toward his nation and said the United States opposes any country which goes against what it considers to be its national interests. Khamenei pledged, “Cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency is a right and rational move which will be continued and we a re determined to provide our need to nuclear energy and we therefore we seriously pursue enrichment.” Putin offered some ideas concerning nuclear energy which Khamenei promised “we will think about your statements and proposals.” Putin had proposed a plan which would allow peaceful use of atomic energy.

The Putin-Khamenei discussions once again high light the incompetence of the Bush foreign policy efforts. There were opportunities over the past six years for America to engage in discussions with Iranian leaders but they were rejected by Bush. Instead of America working with Iran, the president of Russia has ensured his nation will be the link between Iran and the outside world. Some day, historians will more critically analyze the missed Bush opportunities to end conflict in the Middle East.