I’ve been chewing on whether to write about Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s letter to us ‘Noble Americans,’ and have decided I can’t just let it pass.
It’s unbelievable that the dictator could be so presumptuous as to think the American people would listen to him after all the anti-American rhetoric and calls for ‘death to America,’ but then we’ve already had examples of his thinking and manner, as demonstrated in his interview with Mike Wallace on 60 Minutes, and his speech at the UN last September, so we shouldn’t be surprised.
But, let me raise just a few questions about what he wrote…
1. First of all, who is Ahmadinejad, the self-appointed ‘John the Baptist’, talking about in the opening of his letter to Americans leading into the Christmas season? Not Jesus.
“ O, Almighty God, bestow upon humanity the perfect human being promised to all by You, and make us among his followers. ”
2. Did he really think that the American people would agree with him against our government, no matter where we stand on the war in Iraq?
“Noble Americans, Were we not faced with the activities of the US administration in this part of the world and the negative ramifications of those activities on the daily lives of our peoples, coupled with the many wars and calamities caused by the US administration…Were the American people not God-fearing, truth-loving, and justice-seeking, while the US administration actively conceals the truth and impedes any objective portrayal of current realities; Then, there would have been little urgency to have a dialogue with you. ”
“Both our nations are God-fearing, truth-loving and justice-seeking, and both seek dignity, respect and perfection. We all deplore injustice, the trampling of peoples' rights and the intimidation and humiliation of human beings. We all detest darkness, deceit, lies and distortion, and seek and admire salvation, enlightenment, sincerity and honesty. Noble Americans, Our nation has always extended its hand of friendship to all other nations of the world. ”
Excuse me? How about Israel?
“You know well that the US administration has persistently provided blind and blanket support to the Zionist regime, has emboldened it to continue its crimes, and has prevented the UN Security Council from condemning it. ”
4. Is it arrogance or delusion for him to think that the American people wouldn’t recognize that he is simply parroting the liberal media and politicians?
“ You have certainly heard the sad stories of the Guantanamo and Abu-Ghraib prisons. The US administration's illegal and immoral behavior is not even confined to outside its borders. You are witnessing daily that under the pretext of "the war on terror," civil liberties in the United States are being increasingly curtailed. The US administration does not accept accountability before any organization, institution or council. The US administration has undermined the credibility of international organizations, particularly the United Nations and its Security Council.
… But, I do not intend to address all the challenges and calamities in this message. ”
5. No, but he wants to teach the Democrats who won the majority in the House and Senate last month …
“ I'd also like to say a word to the winners of the recent elections in the US: The United States has had many administrations; some who have left a positive legacy, and others that are neither remembered fondly by the American people nor by other nations. Now that you control an important branch of the US Government, you will also be held to account by the people and by history. If the US Government meets the current domestic and external challenges with an approach based on truth and Justice, it can remedy some of the past afflictions and alleviate some of the global resentment and hatred of America. ”
And to preach to us…
“We should all heed the Divine Word of the Holy Qur'an: ‘ But those who repent, have faith and do good may receive Salvation. Your Lord, alone, creates and chooses as He will, and others have no part in His choice; Glorified is God and Exalted above any partners they ascribe to Him. ’ (28:67-68) I pray to the Almighty to bless the Iranian and American nations and indeed all nations of the world with dignity and success.”
Well , enough of that. Let me just end with this… Being teachable is a good trait, but wisdom dictates knowing about those who are trying to ‘teach’ us, whether they be dictators us ing propaganda , or professors and politicians and activists in our own country who echo the same mentality openly or disguised as political correctness.
You can read the entire transcript of Ahmadinejad’s letter to the American people here: http://www.cnn.com/2006/WORLD/meast/11/29/ahmadinejad.letter/
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