Monday, December 04, 2006

Dear Mr. Ahmadinejad

“Friendly” Letters to Bush and the “Noble” Americans



Letter to President Bush

President of Iran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, has been engaging lately in letter writing, to President Bush and to the “noble” American people. I think it’s instructive to examine these letters in the context of how modern-day villains look and sound. For the full text, go to the link below. Here is part of the letter to President Bush:

Ahmadinejad: Letter To George Bush: Published: Tuesday May 09, 2006
Mr. George Bush, President of the United States of America,
For sometime now I have been thinking, how one can justify the undeniable contradictions that exist in the international arena -- which are being constantly debated, especially in political forums and amongst university students. Many questions remain unanswered. These have prompted me to discuss some of the contradictions and questions, in the hopes that it might bring about an opportunity to redress them.

Can one be a follower of Jesus Christ (PBUH), the great Messenger of God, feel obliged to respect human rights, present liberalism as a civilization model, announce one's opposition to the proliferation of nuclear weapons and WMDs, make War and Terror his slogan,

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and finally, work towards the establishment of a unified international community—a community which Christ and the virtuous of the Earth will one day govern, but at the same time, have countries attacked; the lives, reputations and possessions of people destroyed and on the slight chance of the … of a … criminals in a village city, or convoy for example the entire village, city or convey set ablaze. Or because of the possibility of the existence of WMDs in one country, it is occupied, around one hundred thousand people killed, its water sources, agriculture and industry destroyed, close to 180,000 foreign troops put on the ground, sanctity of private homes of citizens broken, and the country pushed back perhaps fifty years.

At what price? Hundreds of billions of dollars spent from the treasury of one country and certainly other countries and tens of thousands of young men and women—as occupation troops—put in harm's way, taken away from family and loved ones, their hands stained with the blood of others, subjected to so much psychological pressure that every day some commit suicide and those returning home suffer depression, become sickly, and grapple with all sorts of aliments; while some are killed and their bodies handed off to their families.

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Letter to the “Noble” Americans

Here we have part of Ahmadinejad’s letter to the “noble” Americans:

Ahmadinejad's letter to Americans - CNN.com: POSTED: November 29, 2006. This above link leads to the full text of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's open letter to 'the American People,' as supplied to CNN. Here is part of the letter:
In the name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful. O, Almighty God, bestow upon humanity the perfect human being promised to all by You, and make us among his followers. 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 as well as the tragic consequences of US interference in other countries;

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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; And if we did not share a common responsibility to promote and protect freedom and human dignity and integrity; Then, there would have been little urgency to have a dialogue with you. While Divine providence has placed Iran and the United States geographically far apart, we should be cognizant that human values and our common human spirit, which proclaim the dignity and exalted worth of all human beings, have brought our two great nations of Iran and the United States closer together.

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Replies from American Patriots to Ahmadinejad’s Letters

Then, we have some American patriot responses to Mr. Ahmadinejad’s letters. For all the letters, go to the link below:

FOXNews.com - Dear President Ahmadinejad... - FOX Fan Speakout:

Here is Fox News’ offer to its readers to reply to Mr. Ahmadinejad:

“Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad sent a lengthy letter to the American people Wednesday, addressing “Noble Americans” and urging unity with Iran in spite of what the U.S. government says and does. The letter was released in New York on Wednesday and seems to be an attempt by the controversial Iranian president to circumvent the Bush administration to directly reach Americans.

After you read President Ahmadinejad's letter, here's your chance to send a reply, YOUR open letter to him, the president of Iran. Send your letter to speakout@foxnews.com, and we will post them as they come in.”

Here is one example of a letter to the Iranian President:

Dear President Ahmadinejad,

Not all American's are blind to your true intent. You believe yourself to be a disciple of Allah who is helping to bring about the return of the Madhi and his Black Flag army. Your attainment of a nuclear weapon is your means to this end. You and your Islamic followers will not rest until Israel is destroyed and the Madhi has returned as Caliph to rule a worldwide Sharia law government. You and your religion are not synonymous with peace and compassion. You are man consumed with the desire to force Islam upon all who do not voluntarily convert. You are filled with hatred towards all of those who do not subscribe to your religion. I know who you are.

Ahmadinejad’s Letters and Democratic Talking Points

I find interesting are a couple of things. First, if you read the whole text of both Ahmadinejad letters, and if you cover up the name on the paper, and take out the religious references and the flowery language, who would you guess wrote the letter? Yes, you’re right. It contains all the Democratic talking points. For example, look at the following:

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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 as well as the tragic consequences of US interference in other countries;


Or, this:

Let's take a look at Iraq. Since the commencement of the US military presence in Iraq, hundreds of thousands of Iraqis have been killed, maimed or displaced. Terrorism in Iraq has grown exponentially. With the presence of the US military in Iraq, nothing has been done to rebuild the ruins, to restore the infrastructure or to alleviate poverty. The US Government used the pretext of the existence of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, but later it became clear that that was just a lie and a deception.

Although Saddam was overthrown and people are happy about his departure, the pain and suffering of the Iraqi people has persisted and has even been aggravated.


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Sounds like MoveOn.org to me.

How Modern-Day Villains Work

Second, I would find it amusing if it weren’t so tragic, that all modern-day tyrants mask their villainy in smiles. This man is always smiling! Saddam Hussein smiled a lot. Hugo Chavez smiles a lot. Plus, they cloak their evil deeds in words of compassion for the poor and for the people of the world.

As Ahmadinejad says:
And if we did not share a common responsibility to promote and protect freedom and human dignity and integrity

Yes, Mr. Ahmadinejad, unless you are a non-Muslim, or especially a Jew, or a woman, or homosexual, and on and on.

Another tactic of modern-day villains and terrorists is to actually support “noble” deeds. Hamas and Hezbollah build schools and give money to charities. Hugo Chavez offered free oil to Alaska, and some brave communities rejected his bribe for goodwill. (Notice in the picture, Chavez' recommended reading is Noam Chomsky, darling of the left.)

See:

FOXNews.com - Some Poor Alaska Villages Reject Chavez Oil Out of Patriotism: Monday, October 09, 2006.

ANCHORAGE, Alaska. In Alaska's native villages, the punishing winter cold is already coming through the walls of the lightly insulated plywood homes, many of the villagers are desperately poor, and heating-oil prices are among the highest in the nation.

And yet a few villages are refusing free heating oil from Venezuela, on the patriotic principle that no foreigner has the right to call their president “the devil."

Ahmadinejad says:
Noble Americans,
Our nation has always extended its hand of friendship to all other nations of the world.

Except, Mr. Ahmadinejad, if you’re Israel, or the United States.

Wolf in Sheep’s clothing, and Vice Versa

My points in this post are that wolves do actually dress in sheep’s clothing, and that, unfortunately, there are some people who mistake the wolf for a sheep. Many on the left are guilty of this. They see sheep, like Bush, as the wolves, and wolves, like Chavez and Castro, and maybe even Ahmadinejad, as sheep. They believe flowery words and false praise and misleading “kindnesses” to the poor as genuine acts of humanity.

Kudos to the villagers in Alaska who rejected Chavez’ oil, and to the clever responders to Ahmadinejad’s letters to America.

Rock

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8 comments:

Drew said...

I'm so glad to see others feel the same way! Mr. Ahmadinejad must think Americans all look like Michael Moore. Thanks!

discoriggall said...

You must remember both Ahmadinejad and Chavez are democratically elected. They are not dictators.
Also, I can't believe you put them in the same sentence.
Ahmadinejad makes some disgusting speaches about Israel and the holocaust, and is rightly criticised for it - but Chavez? He doesn't do anything of the sort.
The only crime he commits is being socialist, and I suppose anti-free trade - but he was elected on those platforms, so I feel he's justified in his actions. He's doing what the majority of his coutry want. That's democracy, whether we like it or not.
Now, he does demonise the US administration, but again, he's free to do so - he is NOT demonising American people by doing that, just the government.
The US funds anto Chavez groups in Venezuela - I think that's interferring in another country's business. If France was funding anti-Bush groups in the States, I think people would be offended. Rightly so. Democratic peoples should be left alone, except in very extreme circumstances. We have no such circumstances here.
Hope you publish and reply!

Rock said...

Discoriggall, thanks for your comments. I find you reasonable in your opinion, but I disagree with you strongly. You said:

You must remember both Ahmadinejad and Chavez are democratically elected. They are not dictators.


A recent poll (I wish I had enough time to get you the source for this) found that 57% of Venezuelans felt intimidated to vote for Chavez. The man is a thug. He actually participated in a coup earlier in his career, and he is not above using the power of his government to hurt people. Yes, Venezuela is a “democracy,” but not quite free and not quite honest. If Bush was running goon squads you’d be all over him, but you accept Chavez?

Second, Chavez is a demagogue. Any popularity he does legitimately have is earned by demonizing America and President Bush. I am against all demagoguery. If you have to demonize a person or country in order to win an election, then you are using a dark force to rule. I don’t see how a person like this can be your hero. All he does is encourage hatred in the world. Chavez’ tactics are much like the tactics of the Democratic Party at this time in history with their class warfare. The so-called party of peace continually fosters hatred against Republicans by calling them the party of the rich.

Ahmadinejad makes some disgusting speaches about Israel and the holocaust, and is rightly criticised for it - but Chavez? He doesn't do anything of the sort.
The only crime he commits is being socialist, and I suppose anti-free trade - but he was elected on those platforms, so I feel he's justified in his actions. He's doing what the majority of his country want. That's democracy, whether we like it or not.

Chavez’ heroes are Fidel Castro and other dictators who have abused human rights and deprived their people of essential freedoms. Yes, socialists and communists. Chavez is a modern-day populist who wages his own class warfare, the old communist ploy of promising everything to the lower classes while destroying the middle class. Again, I don’t have time at the moment (I’ll do it for a future post), but I’ve read that the middle class in Venezuela is disappearing and feeling threatened. You have the lower class happy with Chavez for the moment, and his upper class cronies and thieves. This is the story of Cuba all over again. Are you a fan of the way Cuba does things? Yes, they have free health care and free education, but the level of that health care and education are not high, plus, the overall economy is a mess. How far they have sunk since the corrupt capitalistic era. And, they have no freedom—just lockstep agreement with their “Papa,” dictator for life.

Kim Jung Il is popular in North Korea; Ahmadinejad is popular in Iran; and Chavez is “popular” in Venezuela. This is what happens when the leaders control their own press and intimidate any opposition. The people get brainwashed. North Koreans don’t know any better. Iranians shut up if they know what’s good for them. Venezuelans think Chavez will give them everything they need, free. It’s all based on lies and intimidation.

Now, he does demonize the US administration, but again, he's free to do so - he is NOT demonizing American people by doing that, just the government. The US funds anti Chavez groups in Venezuela - I think that's interfering in another country's business. If France was funding anti-Bush groups in the States, I think people would be offended. Rightly so. Democratic peoples should be left alone, except in very extreme circumstances. We have no such circumstances here. Hope you publish and reply!

I think that once you assume the elevated position of president of your country, you cast aside juvenile behavior. If you got elected by acting like a clown, like Chavez did, you discard this in favor of assuming some gravitas, fitting the persona of a world leader. Politics is a tough game. Bush is bashed every day of his life, and he has to turn the other cheek time after time. The only people Bush ever “demonized” have been the Axis of Evil and terrorists, people who kill innocent human beings and foster terror in the world. You don’t go around calling leaders of the world “devils,” and expect to be taken seriously.

Again, this is Chavez the demagogue. This whole blog is dedicated to one thing—the exposure of demagoguery in every form. Demagogues do not tell the truth. They lie and use those lies to become popular. The world does not need people like Chavez as leaders.

Thanks again Discoriggall for your comments. Have a good day.

Rock

Rock said...

Drew, thanks for taking the time to comment. You said:

I'm so glad to see others feel the same way! Mr. Ahmadinejad must think Americans all look like Michael Moore. Thanks!

I appreciate your point of view. Thanks.

Rock

Empress Bee (of the High Sea) said...

Good morning Mr Rock

Great post. I think history will remember Mr. Ahmadinejad as the Hitler of the 21st century. That is, if the world hides its collective head in the sand and allows this man to do what he wants. Personally, I do not believe that will happen. If the USA fails to take the necessary action to contain this tyrant, Israel will. They will have no choice, it is a matter of self preservation. That is a scarey thing because when Israel takes care of business, the rest of the Arab world will respond. I do not believe it will be another six day war.

It is up to the USA, and it looks like we have lost our will to fight. Maybe France will save us, not. I really do not have a good feeling about this problem.

I would like to point out to Mr. Discoriggall that the tyrant in Bagdad was elected with 95% plus of the vote, our friend in Cuba was reelected with near 100% of the vote, Chavez only got about 60%. Could it be that his thugs are not as good as the others?

The old sarge

PS I logged in as Miss Bee to post this note.

SGT DUB said...

Rock, I read his letter to Noble Americans on Sunday, and immediately felt compelled to respond, of course. This may get long but I will cut it down to just the parts I responded to.
Ahmadinejad:
Our nation has always extended its hand of friendship to all other nations of the world.
Dub: Taking a hostage by the elbow and escorting him is not considered a hand of friendship in this country.
Ahmadinejad: Hundreds of thousands of my Iranian compatriots are living amongst you in friendship and peace, and are contributing positively to your society. Our people have been in contact with you over the past many years and have maintained these contacts despite the unnecessary restrictions of US authorities.
Dub: Yes, there are many Iranian people who fled the oppressive and destructive nature of Iran in hopes of finding a better place to live and we welcomed them to our country.
Ahmadinejad: In Iraq, about one hundred and fifty thousand American soldiers, separated from their families and loved ones, are operating under the command of the current US administration. A substantial number of them have been killed or wounded and their presence in Iraq has tarnished the image of the American people and government.
Dub: I consider a "substantial number" an exaggeration on your part.
Ahmadinejad: You have heard that the US administration is kidnapping its presumed opponents from across the globe and arbitrarily holding them without trial or any international supervision in horrendous prisons that it has established in various parts of the world. God knows who these detainees actually are, and what terrible fate awaits them.
You have certainly heard the sad stories of the Guantanamo and Abu-Ghraib prisons. The US administration attempts to justify them through its proclaimed "war on terror." But every one knows that such behavior, in fact, offends global public opinion, exacerbates resentment and thereby spreads terrorism, and tarnishes the US image and its credibility among nations.
Dub: First, kidnapping is described as the illegal abduction against one's will, and describes the tactics you might be familiar with, and the tactics used by the factions your country has sent into Iraq to push the so called civil war. The insurgents that have been captured by us have been taken during battle or by intelligence gathered, each being a target and not just an opportunity. The possibility that some may be innocent is possible but the kidnappings in Iraq by factions under the control of Iran and other groups are of civilians who are innocent. The detainees suffer far less than those taken by the factions at large in Iraq, who are doomed to certain torture and execution.
Ahmadinejad: 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.
Dub: You bring up undermining the credibility of international organizations, particularly the United Nations and its’ Security Council? In this country we say, “Isn’t that the kettle calling the pot black. The war in Iraq had the backing of the United Nations and continues to see international support. Only when cowards attack innocent civilians in other countries do we see some countries falter and pull back. It seems you think intimidation works on everyone, well, it only works on the frail.
Ahmadinejad: Undoubtedly, the American people are not satisfied with this behavior and they showed their discontent in the recent elections. I hope that in the wake of the mid-term elections, the administration of President Bush will have heard and will heed the message of the American people.
Dub: America has continually changed the seat of power since the onset of elections in this country. That is the freedom of self-rule. The fear that you show of President Bush just shows how little you understand the American political system. That power here has the ability to change every four years and we have done it without bloodshed and kidnapping, can you say that?
Ahmadinejad: We all condemn terrorism, because its victims are the innocent.
Dub: Then condemn the dogs of war that you support, Hamas and Hezbollah.
Ahmadinejad: It is possible to govern based on an approach that is distinctly different from one of coercion, force and injustice.
Dub: Does November 4, 1979 ring a bell?
I could obviously go on further, but I should stop here. thanks for letting me rant.

Rock said...

Thanks Charlie. Good points. You said:

Great post. I think history will remember Mr. Ahmadinejad as the Hitler of the 21st century.

Thanks. I hope you’re wrong.

That is, if the world hides its collective head in the sand and allows this man to do what he wants. Personally, I do not believe that will happen. If the USA fails to take the necessary action to contain this tyrant, Israel will. They will have no choice, it is a matter of self-preservation. That is a scary thing because when Israel takes care of business, the rest of the Arab world will respond. I do not believe it will be another six day war.

Unfortunately, Charlie, I agree with you. Hamas and Hezbollah are arming to the teeth, and Israel is in some real trouble. I admire this little country and pray that they will be able to withstand the onslaught.

It is up to the USA, and it looks like we have lost our will to fight. Maybe France will save us, not. I really do not have a good feeling about this problem.

I know we will fight when our backs get up against the wall, but I hope that then it’s not too late to prevent some kind of catastrophe.

I would like to point out to Mr. Discoriggall that the tyrant in Baghdad was elected with 95% plus of the vote, our friend in Cuba was reelected with near 100% of the vote, Chavez only got about 60%. Could it be that his thugs are not as good as the others?

My view exactly. Communists and dictators have held “elections” for years, “proving” with 100% of the vote (as Saddam had) that everybody “loves” them. Plus, Jimmy Carter “validated” Chavez’ election—you can’t get much more honorable than that, right? Not!

Thanks again Sarge, good to hear from you.

Rock

discoriggall said...

Hmmm, thanks for the very thorough reply! I still, sorry, outside of the US press, have yet to hear anyone describe Venezuelan Democracy as being like Cuban communism or Iraq under Saddam. Surely this is a HUGE exaggeration.

Again, as by far the most powerful country on the planet, you do not need to take offence at the rhetoric of tiny little countries who shouldn´t scare you. Chavez is stirring things up, making some noise...
Is it going to hurt America? It can´t, it´s like a mouse shouting at an Elephant. The Elephant wouldn´t even hear.

Demagogues lie. So do politicians. Tony Blair did, and I find it hard to believe Bush really believed there was a link between Al-Qaida and Iraq (obviously there is NOW, but not while Saddam was there).
Before anyone thinks it - Saddam was evil, good that he´s gone. I just think we should´ve helped the Iraqis to do it themselves, without bombing them.

Thought experiment: Your political system is stale, you don´t like your leaders but you can´t get rid of them. What do you want to do?
Revolt, rise up and change things?
Let another country come in, bomb your cities, roads and possibly friends and family, to change the leaders?
It´s easy.
While there are many contries I wouldn´t wish to live in, we should leave them be, unless they actively attack us, like in 1939.
We should never bomb civilians while trying to free them.

Never.

If Venezuelans, overall, don´t like Chavez.. let them see to him.
And about the middle class complaining... That´s all they do in every country! Take it seriously when they take ACTION, not just talk.
Fascinating blog you have here, Mr Rock.