Monday, May 08, 2006

Ahmadinejad. he wrote me a letter.

For the first time in 27 years an Iranian leader has communicated with an American President.

If Bush can find someone to help with the big words, what will he do?

Will he, for the first time in his presidency, act like a statesman or will he continue to play the petulant prince as in his dealings with North Korea.

Maybe we finally have a chance to cool the situation with Iran, any sane person would jump on it. But what will Bush do?

His letter, however, is the second official indication in as many months
signaling Iran's willingness to talk directly to the Washington. In March the
head of Iran's National Security Council said Iran would talk directly with U.S.
diplomats about the situation in neighboring Iraq, accepting an invitation from
Zalmay Khalilzad, the U.S. ambassador in Baghdad. No talks are known to have
occurred yet, however, while rhetoric over the nuclear issue has spiked on both

By the extraordinary gesture of sending a letter directly to Bush,
Ahmadinejad appears to be reinforcing Iran's determination to at least appear
open to direct communication with Washington, long reviled as the "Great Satan,"
a term lately succeeded by "Global Arrogance" in the nomenclature of the
theocratic government. The agreement to direct talks about Iran was endorsed by
the cleric who holds supreme power in Iran, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, and it is
extremely unlikely that Ahmadinejad would send a letter to Bush without
Khamenei's permission as well.

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