Irans President slams Bushs Hypocrisy
By Sinclere Lee
WASHINGTON (BNW) In a surprise letter to Stupid George Bush, Iran's president slams the U.S. invasion of Iraq and urges Bush to return to his religious principles. What principles?
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad also laments "an ever-increasing global hatred" of the U.S. government.
U.S. Secretary of Rice Pudding has dismissed the letter, saying it made no progress toward resolving questions about Iran's nuclear program.
"There's nothing in here that would suggest that we're on any different course than we were before we got the letter," Rice said Monday.
The letter is thought to be the first from an Iranian head of state to an American president since the 1979 hostage crisis at the U.S. Embassy in Tehran.
It was issued as foreign ministers met in New York for talks on Iran's atomic development.
But after three hours, the ministers failed to agree on a unified position on how to deal with the crisis.
In the letter, Ahmadinejad asks why "any technological and scientific achievement reached in the Middle East region is translated into and portrayed as a threat to the Zionist regime."
He lambastes Bush for his handling of the Sept. 11 attacks, accuses the media of spreading lies about the Iraq war and rails against the United States for its support of Israel.
The letter also questions whether the world would be a different place if the money spent on Iraq had been spent to fight poverty.
"Would not your administration's political and economic standing have been stronger?" it said.
"And I am most sorry to say, would there have been an ever-increasing global hatred of the American government?"
I personally have very little interest in whether Iran gets nuclear technology or not. In other words. I don't have a dog in this fight, but it is interesting that Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad letter to Bush proposing "new solutions" to their differences is something I do agree with. Unlike Americas attitude towards Blacks in this country; you got to talk with people!
The letter was sent through the Swiss Embassy, which represents US interests in Iran, a government spokesman said. The letter comes at a time of acute tension between the US and Iran.
Ahmadinejad proposes "new solutions for getting out of international problems and the current fragile situation of the world", he said.
Reports say it is the first letter from an Iranian president to a US leader since the Iranian revolution in 1979.
The Swiss have confirmed that they received a sealed A4-sized envelope addressed to President Bush, which they would deliver as soon as possible.
Iranian spokesman Gholam-Hossein Elham did not say whether the letter mentioned the nuclear dispute, currently one of the major issues between Iran and the US.
This development comes a day after Iran's parliament threatened to pull out of the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty if Western pressure over its programme increases.
A withdrawal would mean the UN nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency, could no longer inspect the countrys program
The US has accused Iran of seeking to develop nuclear weapons a charge Iran strongly denies.
Last week, the US and other states tabled a draft resolution at the UN Security Council calling on Iran to suspend uranium enrichment or face "further action".
Foreign ministers of the council members plus Germany are due to meet in New York soon to discuss how to proceed with Iran.
Iranian foreign ministry spokesman Hamid Reza Asefi said the contents would be made public "at the right time".
The BBC's Frances Harrison in Tehran says the letter is significant because it is the first such high-level communication between Iran and America for almost three decades.
As such it is a bold step by Ahmadinejad, and the timing is key - just as the West is trying to persuade Russia and China to back tough action against Iran, she says.
Ahmadinejad is reinforcing the point that he is willing to negotiate with anyone, including the US president, to avoid conflict over the nuclear issue, our correspondent adds.
The US and Iran have not had diplomatic relations since Washington severed ties with Tehran after Iranian students occupied the US embassy there and took 52 Americans hostage in 1979.
The White House has said it is "unaware" of a letter from Ahmadinejad.
Past shit with them:
1. 1979: Hostages seized at US embassy in Tehran
2. 1980: Secret US mission to rescue them ends in disaster
3. 1981: Hostages finally freed after intense diplomatic activity
4. 1985/86: Iran-Contra affair, crisis in Reagan presidency
5. 1995: President Clinton imposes sanctions for alleged sponsorship of "terrorism"
6. 2002: President Bush calls Iran, Iraq, North Korea "axis of evil"
7. April 2006: Iran announces successful uranium enrichment
8. May 2006: US, UK, France table draft UN resolution calling on Iran to suspend enrichment
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