Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, in a letter congratulating US president-elect Barack Obama, said his nation and the world expect “fundamental” changes to US policy, and “welcomed” the prospect for “justice, respect for human rights, friendship, and non-interference in other countries’ internal affairs.”
The text from Tehran Times, Nov. 8:
As you know, the opportunities provided by Almighty God, which can be used for the elevation of nations…are fleeting
I hope you will prefer real public interests and justice to the never-ending demands of a selfish minority and seize the opportunity to serve the people so that you will be remembered with high esteem.
On the other hand, the Americans who have spiritual tendencies expect the government to use all its energy…to serve the people, rectify the critical situation facing the US, restore its lost reputation as well as their hope and spirit, fully respect human rights, and strengthen the foundations of the family.
Other nations also expect war-oriented policies, occupation, bullying, contempt for nations, and the imposition of discriminatory policies…to be replaced by ones advocating justice, respect for human rights, friendship, and non-interference in other countries’ internal affairs.
They also want US intervention to be limited to its borders, especially in the Middle East. It is expected that the unfair attitude toward restoring the rights of the Palestinians, Iraqis, and Afghans will be revised.
The great nation of Iran welcomes fundamental and fair changes in US policy and actions, especially in the region.
See our last post on Iran.
Iran slams Obama’s tough language on nuclear arms
From AP, Nov. 8:
Obama on board with policy-elite consensus for Iran attack?
In a Nov. 3 opinion for the New York Times, “New Beltway Debate: What to Do About Iran,” Carol Giacomo notes a growing consensus among the Washington policy elite for military action against Iran. She includes this observation:
As we’ve noted, Ross, a former Middle East negotiator under President Clinton, is one of the token neocon representatives on Obama’s team. In his capacity as director of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy (WINEP), he testified before Congress in 2004 in support of Israel’s West Bank wall.
See our last post on Obama and the neocons.