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Iran’s Rhetoric: More truth than we realize? January 31, 2009

Posted by G.L. Campbell in politics.
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America’s new and, questionably, improved policy of approachment with anti-democratic regimes intent on seeing America fail, as their own ideologies domineer global cultures,  has now led to an interesting conundrum.

President Barack Obama has, according to many conservative commentators, spoke condesceningly of America in recent remarks to al-Arabiya, and Secretary of State, Hillary Rodham Clinton, is pondering which letter to send to Iran’s President in hopes of warming relations.  Now, news is afoot that Iran is not exactly keen to accept the new Administration’s proposals for good relations.  Iran’s spokesperson this week said, “… Western ideology has become passive, that capitalist thought and the system of domination have failed.  Negotiation is secondary, the main issue is that there is no way but for [the United States] to change.”

Was this type of rhetorical posturing expected by left-wing policy wonks?  It certainly was expected by conservatives.  Or has Iran hinted at a bit more truth than is popularly believed?  Time will surely tell the tale.  Charles Krauthammer notes this observation in his article:

Iran has already responded to the Obama overture. In perfect tune with Obama’s defensiveness, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad declared that better relations might be possible — after America apologized for 60 years of crimes against Iran.

It seems we have a long road before us to see whether the new strategy of approachment will win economic, even political friends in Iran or if it will only further embolden their growing opionion that American influence is on the decline. 

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