Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad addressed a letter to the “noble Americans” on Wednesday in which he said he was certain that the American people detested the Bush administration’s policies and offered to work with ordinary Americans to reverse them.
Ahmadinejad, who evidently gets his information about America directly from the New York Times, is convinced that the mid-term election results were a backlash against “the many wars and calamities caused by the U.S. administration.”
From his letter, he seems to think that he can manipulate public opinion and therefore coerce American foreign policy.
It is obvious where he got the idea. One need only read through his letter once to figure it out. His letter sounds like he was quoting from a Democratic political speech:
There were no weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. The Bush administration lied to get us into war. The war on terror is eroding American civil rights protections. The Bush administration is running roughshod over the Constitution. The war is all about oil.
It all sounds familiar, doesn’t it? Even his solution has a ring of familiarity about it – if America would just stop supporting Israel, withdraw from Iraq and pack up and go home, so would the terrorists. The war is a Republican war, not an American war.
It is clear from Ahmadinejad’s letter that he views the Democratic takeover of the Congress in the mid-term elections as a personal victory, as well as a victory for the Islamic world.
“You know well that the U.S. administration has persistently provided blind and blanket support to the Zionist regime, has emboldened it to continue its crimes, and has prevented the U.N. Security Council from condemning it. Who can deny such broken promises and grave injustices towards humanity by the U.S. administration?”
Ahmadinejad has heard the same rhetoric being expounded endlessly by Ted Kennedy, Nancy Pelosi, Howard Dean, Dick Durbin and Jack Murtha for months, and evidently, he thinks that Howard Dean and Company are representative of the view of most Americans.
“Let’s take a look at Iraq,” he wrote. “Since the commencement of the U.S. military presence in Iraq, hundreds of thousands of Iraqis have been killed, maimed or displaced. Terrorism in Iraq has grown exponentially. With the presence of the U.S. military in Iraq, nothing has been done to rebuild the ruins, to restore the infrastructure or to alleviate poverty. The U.S. government used the pretext of the existence of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, but later it became clear that that was just a lie and a deception.”
Now that the American people have come to our political senses, Mahmoud wants to be our friend. It isn’t America that he hates; it’s really the Bush administration.
He didn’t really mean all that stuff about America being the “Great Satan” – he was just needling Bush. (Oh, and sorry about the whole hostage crisis thing back in ’70s.)
I suppose one can forgive ol’ Mahmoud for thinking that the Democratic win in the mid-terms means he has friends in America. He has much in common with them.
He loathes America. So do the Democrats on the far left. He loathes American capitalism. So does the far left. He hates American Christianity. So does the far left.
Ahmadinejad seems to instinctively recognize that the Democrats on the American left are his most valuable ally in his war against the United States. That’s why his letter sounds so much like it was written by Howard Dean and Company.
Because most of it was.
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