Iran Hopes

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Sunday, September 18, 2005

The Marionette Returns Home

Photo: ISNA (The message on the banner reads: "Greetings to the messengers of the [Islamic] Revolution".)

Ahmadinejad returns home to report back to his master that he has successfully taken Iran another step closer to UN sanctions. At Tehran's airport, a small crowd of Sepahis and their families were waiting to greet him. How they want to make Ahmadinejad a Mossadegh! In 1952, Mossadegh went to the UN to defend Iran's right against the British exploitation. He was seen as a symbol of resistance not only by Iranians, but also by other oppressed nations. However, the fact is that Mossadegh had not come to power by cheating. Nor did he have such a suspicisous background as Ahmadinejad does. His cabinet members were not terrorists and torturers either. And he was a 'politician', not a religious preacher.

Ahmadinejad's speech at the UN was just a recitation of ideas postulated by mullahs such as Messbah. Have a look at the latter's book on 'Mahdaviat' and you will find this by yourself. As a matter of fact, Ahmadinejads' speech had two parts: the first one which was on ideas of justice and Imam Zaman (Shia's Messiah) came from Messbah. The second part on nuclear energy was from Shariatmadari (head of Kayhan newspaper and Khamenei's close fellow).

Besides, Ahmadinejad did not meet with European heads of state. Why? Because, Larijani advised him not to do so as he was certain that Ahmadinejad was not capable of negotiating with such political figures as Blair and de Villepin.
Mossadegh was the messenger for Iranian nation at the UN, whereas Ahmadinejad was nothing but a messenger for the regime. He did his job very well.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm honestly starting to think you may have a pathological hatred for ahmadinejad.

I personally think that he did VERY well in his trip to the UN, he had a much better public relations skill than I thought, I saw his intervies and speeches and I was impressed by his honesty and ability he did his job perfectly to the news reporters. He was out there not only defending Iran, but also defending the rights of porrer nations to nuclear energy.

He was defending Irans right to have a nuclear power capability, which would bring much cheaper and better power and electricity to the people of Iran, don't you want that?

Now, I don't know why you can't get over the fact that he was VOTED in, there were minor irregularities, but he won by such a landslide that it is irrelevant, he represent the poor class (who are the majority) and so it is safe to conclude that he does represent the iranian nation.

he did his job in the UN well, at least give him that much credit.

12:39 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

you do not need to hate ahmadinejad to see what he and his team are doing to Iran. Khatami, Rafsanjani and others are constantly warning over an imminent threat posed by a dangerous ideology that has now dominated the Iranian political leadership.
If you can read farsi, check what Arash Motamed has written on this on

6:27 PM  
Anonymous Reza said...

New Iran president makes a splash at UN

UNITED NATIONS (AFP) - Iran's new President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad made a splash at the United Nations last week, matching diplomatic toughness with unexpected public-relations skills in his debut on the world scene.


The hardliner flew into New York fighting what he called a "psychological war" with the West over his country's nuclear program and other issues, and ended up one of the stars of history's largest summit.

Ahmadinejad delivered two closely watched speeches, was interviewed by Time and Newsweek magazines, went one-on-one with top CNN correspondent Christiane Amanpour, held a UN news conference and breakfasted with US journalists.

Sporting a dark jacket, open-collared shirt and short beard, he contrasted sharply with his black-turbaned predecessor, cleric Mohammad Khatami, who cut a more measured and opaque figure.

Ahmadinejad, 46, a former propaganda officer, took the podium at the summit Wednesday to denounce what he called the "unilateralism" of the world's great powers, particularly the United States.

But he also showed a gentler side, offering condolences to victims of Hurricane Katrina and concluding his address with some verses from a 13th century Iranian poet on the universal nature of man.

Ahmadinejad reserved most of his fire for a speech to the UN General Assembly on Saturday that took even Western diplomats by surprise with its aggressive posture and tone.

The Iranian defended his country's "inalienable" right to maintain a nuclear energy program and railed at what he called policies of "nuclear apartheid" practiced by the United States and its allies.

He rejected demands to halt all uranium enrichment activities, even if they could be used to make a bomb. He warned that Tehran would renege on its international obligations if Washington tried to impose its will.

The slightly built Ahmadinejad, who took office last month, delivered his remarks in a steady monotone, punctuated by the occasional clenched fist. His gaze remained steely and a weak smile escaped only rarely from his lips.

Ahmadinejad did not shy away from making the diplomatic rounds to promote the Iranian side of the nuclear row, meeting with presidents Vladimir Putin of Russia and Thabo Mbeki of South Africa to lobby for their support.

On CNN, he shrugged off a question on whether he had been involved in the 1979 seizure of the US embassy in Tehran where 52 American diplomats were held hostages for 444 days.

"I heard the same news after I was elected (in June) and quite frankly I laughed at it," Ahmadinejad said of the allegation made by some ex-hostages who cited an old photo from a quarter-century ago.

"Either their memories have been erased and then replaced anew, I don't know how they reached such a conclusion," he said. I saw the picture ... it didn't even resemble me. Back then I didn't have the beard that I do now."

But the former mayor of Tehran, who came out of relative political obscurity to score a surprise victory in the June runoff election, also showed a capacity for presidential haughtiness when he chose.

At a news conference after his UN speech Saturday, he was asked by an Israeli journalist why Iran still sought the destruction of the Jewish state. Ahmadinejad paused only slightly before responding.

"Next question."

10:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So what Reza? Is Ahmadinejad defending more important 'inaleinable rights' of Iranians?

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