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Thursday, April 05, 2007

A Gift from the Democratically Elected President of an Islamic Republic

TIME magazine explains to the dull masses what message it was that Iran was sending? Beyond the gift(s) that is:

“President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad called a "gift to the British people" was a notable victory for Iranian pragmatists over hard-liners — one that could even build momentum within Tehran's power structure and in Western capitals for a diplomatic solution to the standoff over Iran's uranium-enrichment program.”

I always enjoy TIME’s take on what it was that took place before our very eyes and analyzes for us that which we cannot for ourselves. One of my favorite gems was upon the revelation of Iran’s restarting its nuclear program:

"One of the ironies of Iran's latest confrontation with the West is that it is the product of are you ready for this? democratic politics. President Mahmoud Ahmedinajad's move towards restarting work on the country's nuclear program is the classic maneuver of an elected leader caught in a political bind."

Three possible keys as to why the Tehrrorists in Tehran may have taken the “15 victims of a misunderstanding,” or as Time scolds; “(a)lthough President Bush declared that Iran had seized the 15 sailors and marines as "hostages," was these messages:

· Don't think about attacking Iran, because it has the capacity to threaten Western interests in the Gulf and throughout the Middle East, directly as well as through allies in Iraq, Lebanon and Palestine;

· Expect Iran to instigate trouble if the West continues to punish Iran for what it sees simply as exercising as its legal right to nuclear technology; and,

· Iran will play tit-for-tat if U.S. forces continue arresting Iranian officials working inside Iraq, as in the Jan. 11 raid on an Iranian consular facility in Erbil where five Iranians were detained.”

Time feels that Iran “sudden decision,” rather than a backing down, might be attributed to that “Western pressure on the Iranian regime,” may be bearing fruit much like a citrus tree in northern climes during the dead of winter. But it might also mean that may have “achieved some of its objectives.

Time writes that the “gift,” is that being a “peaceful end to the naval dispute,” that this “is a victory for diplomacy. This should give a boost and perhaps room for the Iranian chief nuke negotiator, Larijani to succeed in the “talks” with the West. However, real success will more depend upon as Time sees it:

“whether the U.S., following Britain's example, is willing to give diplomacy a real chance.”

This seems to be the take on the situation from The NY Times in an Op-Ed piece today:

“just as Iran will meet confrontation with confrontation, it will respond to what it perceives as flexibility with pragmatism. This message is worth heeding as the United States and Iran seem to be moving inexorably toward conflict.”

The choice the U.S. faces now is:

“it will have to either escalate its confrontational policy or adopt a policy of engagement. Far from arresting the Iranian danger, escalation would most likely present the United States with new perils.”

What escapes them is that there are “perils” in the steps taken to arrive at the outcome of the “15 victims of a misunderstanding.” Nothing of harm will come to those that bend over backward to the likes of the Tehrrorists in Tehran and you can take this to the bank according to the msm because they know and we don’t.

One thing I note that neither of these two media fonts seem to have caught on to is, this one for Time. The magazine might have considered a fourth aim that may have guided the Tehrrorists actions:

  • Iran will play the media for all it is worth as there is no better ally in the hard headed manipulation of reality; with the exception of the Democrat party.

This however may have had the affect of changing the angle of the analysis; an analysis mired in the msm mindset of being in the know and being in the right. Just another lesson for the administration in the laundry list of advice the president should have taken from the elders of knowledge in the media.

The NY Times Op-ed believes, “Iran today sees regional stability in its interest,” which goes a long way toward describing and understanding Iran’s continued sowing of instability in the region. And sees the U.S.provocative naval deployments in the Persian Gulf,” as the bigger piece of the puzzle; nicely in-line with one of the al Qaeda justifications for 9/11.

After 28 years of sanctions and containment, it is time to accept that pressure has not tempered Iran’s behavior. As “sanctions and containment,” cannot make up for the rest of the international community not following suit and doing the same; France, Russia, the EU just won’t cooperate because the Americans are stupid….see? it just won’t work, especially with us (them) continuing big business with the Islamic Republic.

President Mahmoud “Momo” Ahmadinejad has offered the dove of peace to the media and the Left. He has given “diplomacy” another chance to thrive and delay; he has given additional truth to the lie (maybe not) that the West is weak. Ultimately though, I’m starting to think he is right and we should be just a bit more concerned about this fact than many of us choose to be.

Recent pronouncements of peace and love from the President of the Islamic Republic of Iran:

  • “We don’t shy away from declaring that Islam is ready to rule the world.”
  • “The wave of the Islamist revolution will soon reach the entire world.”
  • “In parallel to the official political war there is a hidden war going on and the Islamic states should benefit from their economic potential to cut off the hands of the enemies.”
  • "The UN Resolution was a stillbirth. Even if the UN would come up with ten more resolutions it will not affect he Iranian economy and politics.”
  • "Zionist rulers are selfish to the extent that prevent even their own or Western scientists from doing research on the public opinion's important question on Holocaust." "There are still questions... maybe in your so-called Holocaust more than six million Jews were massacred (during World War II), so why do you not allow people to undertake new research?"
  • "The real cure for the conflict is elimination of the Zionist regime."

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