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Iran Is Going Mad

Published Monday, November 10, 2008

La Herradura (South of Spain), 9 Nov. (IPS) If you have been strong enough as not go mad from stories we have been subjected in the last months of the presidency of George W. Bush about the maddening international financial and economic crisis, it is not late, just look at what happened in the Islamic Republic of Iran in the past few days:

First, in one of his strongest support of the fanatic President Mahmoud Ahmadi Nezhad, Iran’s least popular president, Ayatollah Ali Khameneh’i, the Leader of the theocratic regime warns pro reform and independent media as well as private individuals against “too much criticizing the Government”.

Ahmadi Nezhad, in his letter, makes himself an advocate of the American people, urging the president-elect to "respond to the demands of the Ameerican people'.

         Expressing displeasure about the “poisonous atmosphere” the Iranian press and propaganda have created, Mr. Khameneh’i said the atmospheres of negligence, the free flow of criticism against the Government for personal gains and blackening Governments achievements are things that God would not forget easily”.

         He also accused some persons of deliberately confusing the public’s mind by drawing a black portrait of the Iranian domestic situation.

         Then, the same Khameneh’i surprised everyone when he authorized the staunchly anti-American President to write a letter to Mr. Barak Obama congratulating him over his historic victory in the American president race.

            In fact, this is the first time since November 1980, when all relations between Tehran and Washington were cut off following the occupation of the American embassy in Tehran by so called Islamic revolutionary students that an Iranian president writes such a letter to an American president-elect congratulating him for his success in becoming the president of the world’s most powerful nation.

         True to his rhetoric, Ahmadi Nezhad, in his letter, makes himself an advocate of the American people by urging the first American of African origin and Islamic backgrounds to “respond to the demands of the neglected American people”.

Alhmadi Nezhad
Iranian President often thinks of himself as the professor for the humanity.

         “I congratulate you because you have been able to win the American presidency race and therefore, I hope that as you promised during your campaign, you would satisfy American people’s demands for a radical change in the United States domestic and international policies”, Mr. Ahmadi Nezhad said in parts of his letter.

            Reminding the President elect that the American people has “spiritual tendencies”, Mr. Ahmadi Nezhad then said “therefore, they expect to see their new president use all of his potentials for solving the world’s economic and financial crisis, recover America’s lost dignity, fighting against increasing poverty and discrimination, respect human rights, the sovereignty and independence of other nations, consolidate the principle of family and above all, fights the greed of an insatiable, arrogant minority to dominate the whole world”.

         What is interesting is that Mr. Ahmadi Nezhad, who became president thanks to last minute massive participation of the revolutionary guards and some electoral manipulations in his favour had, in an interview with the influential Spanish daily El Pais, doubted about the American elections and said that “forces behind the curtain on the White House would never allow a coloured man to became president of the United States”.

         Actually, such a letter could not have been sent without prior authorization from the Leader, who takes decisions on all major Iranian and foreign issues.

Actually, such a letter could not have been sent without prior authorization from the Leader.

Nevertheless, the first salvo against Mr. Obama was fired one day after this historic event by Mr. Ali Larijani, the Speaker of the Majles, or the Iranian Parliament, criticizing the president-elect’s statement that Iran’s military nuclear activities “are unacceptable”.

“Changes must be real, of strategic nature. Repeating same old baseless accusations about Iranian nuclear programmes means walking on the same wrong path”, Mr. Larijani observed, referring to Mr. Obama’s campaign slogan of “Change”.

Then came the new open letter signed by 60 Iranian economists and professors of economics at Iranian universities criticizing sharply the economic and foreign policies of the ninth government of the Iranian Islamic Republic, one that they describes them as “harmful to the nation” because being “ideologically-based”.

Whether or not they are among those who Mr. Khameneh’i had presented as “undermining the achievements of the Islamic Republic”, the signatories said what the ninth Government has done in the field of economy is “not sufficient, nor adequate”.

Ali Larijani-5
Larijani fireed the first shots against Obama.

“The result of an ideological-based policy, insisting on enriching uranium against the calls of the United Nations resolutions for suspending these activities have severely harmed Iranian exports and imports and deprived the nation from positive international exchanges”, the professors said in their letter, the third they are writing to Mr. Ahmadi Nezhad.

“The reaction of the Government to international and domestic matters is impracticable and unrealistic. Excessive ideologisation of issues, precipitation in taking decisions, placing action before science, antagonizing fidelity with specialty, refusing any sound analysis of the situation and relying on exact statistics, refusing logical policies and preferring dream works instead are leading to double digit inflation, increasing unemployment, social injustice and ever widening gap between the poor and the riches and a more dependence on oil revenues”, they pointed out.

Would this time the President, and above him, the Leader, be warned and pay attention to the specialists?
Most Iran watchers doubt: “Mr. Khameneh’i has a genuine hate for the educated people, mostly those who have studied modern western sciences. He genuinely believes that those men and women are too westernized in their mind to be trusted. That also explains why he continues to support Mr. Ahmadi Nezhad” although, as shown by the letter of economists, under his presidency, Iran’s economic, political and social situations and conditions have badly deteriorated” one scholar told me on condition not name him. ENDS MAD IRAN 91108


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Barak Obama
Barack Obama if the first American president-elect to receive a congratulation letter from an Iranian president.

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