Tehran, 26 June (Rooz-IPS) Almost one week after his sensational revelations that the Americans had planned to “abduct” him during his official to Baghdad more than three months ago, the fanatic President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad continue to refuse to give slightest details about the abduction.
It was early last week when, during a closed doors meeting with a group of young clerics in Qom, a holly city situated 150 kilometres south of Tehran that Mr. Ahmadinejad suddenly disclosed that he had been the victim of a "failed kidnap and assassination plot" by the Americans during his visit to Iraq.
If the story is correct, why the President waited three months before revealing it?
Although Mr. Ahmadinejad had asked the organizers not to allow any journalist in the meeting except for the official news agency, the news however surfaced the day after in Tabnak internet site close to Mr. Mohsen Reza’i, the Secretary of the Expediency Council, citing one of the clerics present at the gathering.
It took almost twenty four hours before first reactions to the astonishing news to surface, with Mr. Qolamhoseyn Karbaschi, the former popular mayor of Tehran and Secretary of the Kargozaran Party to ask if the story is correct, why the President waited three months before revealing it; why he had informed nobody; no competent organ such as the Foreign Affairs ministry to protest to the Iraqis or the Americans; and if he gave no details about the so-called “plot”?
According to Mr. Ahmadinejad, “coinciding with my trip to Iraq, the Americans were planning to kidnap me in a well-planned plot and transfer me to the United States, in order to seek concessions from the Islamic Republic for my return, using terrorism as excuse. But, thanks to the Almighty, and because of some changes made in the programme of the visit, the plot failed and the Americans realized it once I was in the plane, back on my way to Iran".
Mr. Qolamhoseyn Karbaschi was the first to doubt about Ahmadinejad's story of kidnapping.
As soon as publicized, and while some pro-reform and independent media started to question the President’s claim with some sarcastic remarks, highly-placed Iraqi officials, including the man who was in charge of his security during the two-day visit, denied not only the existence of any plot, but also any change in the programme.
"I was one of the people who accompanied Ahmadinejad from the moment he entered Baghdad until the end of his visit, and throughout his visit no changes were implemented in the security plan of the Iraqi guards charged with his protection, and Ahmadinejad was not threatened by any group", the Secretary of the Iraqi presidency told the pan Arab, Saudi-owned, London-based Al Sharq al Awsat daily.
In the pro-reform daily E'temad, the official organ of the E’temad Melli (National Confidence) Party led by Hojjatoleslam Mehdi Karroubi, a former Speaker of the Majles, Mr. Sadeq Ziba Kalam, a professor with the Tehran University demanded if the Americans wanted to kidnap Mr. Ahmadinejad, why they did not do it while he was in New York? (to participate at the United Nations September General Assembly), why would the Americans kidnap him in Iraq, whehre they are in charge of the security as well as the Iraqis? And would not the Americans be badly embarrassed if the plan was to be known? Etc…
The denials included Iranian officials as well. Mr. Ala’eddin Boroujerdi, the Chairman of the Majles’ Foreign Affairs and National Security Committee said his Committee had not received any reports about the plot to kidnap or assassinate the President in Iraq. And even the Government’s official spokesman, Mr. Qolamhosseyn Elham refused to answer questions dealing with the bizarre affair.
While even the radical daily Keyhan, a strong supporter of the President and his Government, described Ahmadinejad’s claims as "hurried" or “premature”, observing: "It seems as if some of the administration's remarks - including the American attempt to kidnap the president in Iraq - are not appropriately measured and this issue has at times inflicted serious harm on the administration and society in general", Iran daily, the Administration's official newspaper, became the only media to confirm the "conspiracy plot to kidnap Ahmadinejad" and concluded that the plot was foiled because of the "God’s merciful will and prayers of the people".
"Coinciding with my trip to Iraq, the Americans were planning to kidnap me in a well-planned plot and transfer me to the United States", Mr. ahmadinejad claimed
In response to these questions posed by newspapers in Tehran, Mr. Ali Zabihi, the President's advisor for human resources affairs added another dimension to the saga, disclosing for his part that Mr. Ahmadinejad was the target of an assassination plot at the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization's Summit earlier this month in Rome.
"The actions of the president over the three previous years have endangered the illegitimate interests of many people in Iran and outside. That is why some people have thought of eliminating or assassinating the president, but the plots to assassinate the president in Iraq and at the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) conference failed, thanks to God", he was quoted by the pro-Government Fars News Agency.
Facing with the barrage of satirical, sarcastic and even humoristic articles about the “plot” at home, Mr. Ahmadinejad decided to counter-attack, by accusing those who questioned his claim of being “American’s agents”.
“If America was not able to deny the story (of the kidnapping plan), it is for very obvious reasons. But I’m both surprised and interested to see that some people in Iraq whom in principle they should not be informed to rush denying the plot. More ironic is that in Iran too, some people have denied my story. One has to ask them what their relation to the plot is? It seems that the Americans have urged their agents to come forward and confuse the public. Which I would not allow, for, if this tend continue, I would disclose everything”, the President had menaced.
But days have passed and still, he refuse to come forward and disclose details of the ”plot”, to spell how he got wind of the kidnapping plan, why he waited more than three months to reveal it, why he did not urged the Foreign Affairs ministry to protest to the Americans, to the United Nations; to the Iraqi government? ENDS ABDUCTING AHMADINEJAD 26608