…and I say good for him. Very few in the States will give him any credence, but he’s actually quite right. From Reuters:
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad accused President Barack Obama of behaving like his predecessor on Iran and called on him to apologize for what he called U.S. interference following the Iranian elections…
Obama has ramped up his previously muted criticism, saying he was “appalled and outraged” by a crackdown on protests which followed Ahmadinejad’s disputed re-election.
“Mr Obama made a mistake to say those things … our question is why he fell into this trap and said things that previously (former U.S. President George W.) Bush used to say,” the semi-official Fars News Agency quoted Ahmadinejad as saying…
“I hope you avoid interfering in Iran’s affairs and express your regret in a way that the Iranian nation is informed of it,” Ahmadinejad said.
Ahmadinejad is anything but a savory fellow, and I sympathize with the Iranian protestors and those Iranians still supporting their obviously-oppressive government. Nonetheless, as Ron Paul has made clear in Congress, it is not our business to interfere. Indeed, the Reuters article goes on to quote Mohammad Marandi, head of North American Studies at Tehran University, who said that America remains very much distrusted in Iran, and that, “In the short term relations will definitely get worse, but in the long term the U.S. really has to re-think its policy and to recognize that regime change is not possible in Iran.” And even if it is possible, we are in no way in a position to effect it.
The British Foreign Secretary also proved wiser than our own Congress and administration, saying, “I think the truth is that there is a crisis of credibility between the Iranian government and their own people. It’s not a crisis between Iran and America or Iran and Britain, however much the Iranian government wants to suggest that.” In other words, we need to recognize for once that this is not our fight.
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