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Ahmadinejad Has Been Lucid, Open, and Diplomatic

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It is becoming increasingly obvious that the President of these United States is swiftly adopting a more aggressive stand on international security and defense issues. Prior to the recent controversial Nuclear Arms Non-proliferation Conference the President unveiled a new policy principle, that “the United States would not use its nuclear arsenal against non-nuclear states that abided by the nuclear non-proliferation treaty." We note that a nation which for one reason or another chooses to disregard that non-proliferation treaty might have cause to  feel threatened.

In late March, two months ago, 47 world leaders participated in a two-day nuclear security summit in Washington. And now, in early May, 2010, many of the same world leaders are attending a month long debate at the United Nations on how to stop the spread of nuclear weapons.

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was in the midst of explaining Iranian views on these important matters when the U.S. delegation, joined by several European delegations, including the French and British, walked out of the conference. At that point, Ahmadinejad was reiterating his position that The West has no credible proof that Iran is seeking nuclear weapons. Clearly those who “walked out” will still have access to Ahmadinejad’s words and positions, but this walkout seems a faux pas of negotiations. America  still seems resolved only to “communicate” with those who agree with her. Does not the walkout send a “bad message”?

 The G.W. Bush administration was staunchly supportive of a course that had been used in the past; the course of non- negotiation with terrorists. Bush felt negotiating “gave them credibility … enhanced their stature on the world stage." Obama had seemed to reverse that lack of communication. Apparently the new thinking has abruptly ended.

Recall that In March of 2007, Ahmadinejad had planned to address a session at the United Nations. At that time Iranian rhetoric was less combative. But curiously the Iranian Visas from the United States were slow in coming, and that appearance by the Iranian President never came to fruition.

Iran in recent months has been stating that relations between that nation and the United States “might never heal,” owing to new sanctions imposed by the U.S. and her allies against Iran. Iran takes the position that the United Nations Atomic Agency has no authority to "poke its nose" into matters like missiles. Ahmadinejad maintains that despite contested elections last year, Iran is not “a republic of fear.”

In a conversation with  George Stephanopoulos, on a recent airing of This Week Ahmadinejad stated, "Well, we are calling for peace and security for all. We would like international relations to be based on justice and friendship. Wherever a hostile relationship turns into friendship; that would make us happy." He went on: "You need to appreciate that the American administration, 29 years ago, unilaterally cut its relations with Iran. In the past 29 years, different U.S. administrations have opposed the Iranian people. Now they say that we have given up that enmity. That's fine. But an administration which, up until yesterday, was saying that I'm going to kill you, and today says that I'm not going to kill you, is that sufficient?"

Speaking to Boston Globe reporters on May 5, 2010, Ahmadinejad was lucid and forthright. “We're prepared to take the Additional Protocol (under the International Atomic Energy Agency), but with one condition: That both the United States and Iran adhere to the Additional Protocol simultaneously. We don't have a nuclear bomb. Yesterday, the American administration declared that it possesses over 5,000 nuclear bombs…. We are saying: we don't have a bomb. Is it fair for us to accept the Additional Protocol, and for a country that possesses nuclear bombs not to? So, if the United States agrees to the Additional Protocol, simultaneously. That's our proposal."

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  • zingzing

    that has got to be one of the most manipulative headlines i’ve ever seen.

    “senior journalist David Goldman”

    ah, mr. spengler. not exactly the most trusted name in news, is he? in fact, isn’t he a particularly bad example of just about anything within a few pages of the definition for “journalistic ethics?” isn’t he the one that calls for barbed wire and killing arabs and death, death, death? of course you like him. he’s a joke. i wouldn’t trust him with a snake i wanted dead.

    “the Jew-hatred and Israel-hatred”

    are they different things now? well, that’s progress, i suppose.

    “the fascist dictatorship that Obama is shoving through”

    sigh. over here, they call it communism. haven’t fascism and communism historically clashed? meh. pick your ridiculous hyperbole i guess. it’s remarkably easy to do, but if you’re just repeating yourself with no proof of your allegations, it looks remarkably stupid as well.

  • Glenn Contrarian

    Ruvy -

    I’m sure you’ll correct me if I’m wrong, but when Israel announced the construction of that additional 1600 housing units, wasn’t this in an area where your government had already agreed to not build any more settlements for 10 months? Yet when the Obama administration took offense at Israel’s breaking of the agreement, it’s somehow OBAMA who’s at fault here? Last I recall, it wasn’t Obama who broke the agreement that your government signed on to.

    Picture this, Ruvy – you’re on a baseball team. In fact, you’re playing for the championship! And this game is SO good that’s it’s been in extra innings since the 1940′s! And all this time, the ump’s been on YOUR side. Almost every time when push came to shove, the ump’s ruled in your team’s favor. But now you’ve got a different umpire in there – and he’s trying to be fair to BOTH sides, and not just to your side.

    But you and your team would not see the new ump as being exactly fair. You and your team would see someone who’s shifted over to the other side. That is your team’s PERCEPTION.

    But you’re not seeing that he’s no great friend of the other side, either…because this particular ump’s increased the military presence in Afghanistan, increased the drone strikes in Pakistan, is considering keeping combat troops in Iraq past this coming August, and still (wrongly) keeps Muslims in Gitmo without access to any kind of fair trial.

    Ruvy, you played with umpires who were on your side for so long that it became normal and expected…so when someone comes along who actually tries to be an honest broker to BOTH sides, I guess it’s quite natural for you and yours to seem him as giving aid and comfort to your enemies…even though his actions towards them show something else entirely.

  • Ruvy

    I’m sure you’ll correct me if I’m wrong, but when Israel announced the construction of that additional 1,600 housing units, wasn’t this in an area where your government had already agreed to not build any more settlements for 10 months?

    Guess what, Glenn? You are wrong, and the government never agreed to freeze construction in Jerusalem at all. THEN came along the shits, Biden, Clinton and Obama, putting the squeeze on a Jew who, like Sharon, only knows how to bully and cheat other Jews. Netanyahu is honestly scared of you goyim, and now he has secretly agreed to freeze construction in Jerusalem, and effectively surrender sovereignty over half the city to a fictional entity of terrorists and thieves created to – and there is no other way to put this – destroy Israel. And this fictional entity of terrorists and thieves was foisted (only partly foisted) upon us by THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. And we foisted them upon the Arabs here, to our everlasting shame.

    That makes YOUR GOVERNMENT the real overseas enemy. And if our régime of traitors “agrees to play by your rules” – that puts me and those who think like me at fault for not plugging these bastards with bullets and erasing their contamination from the soil of G-d’s Holy Land.

    So, I have a lot to answer for – but NOT to you.

  • Cannonshop

    #53, Ruvy, you know the reason ti’s the Holy Land, right?

    Because only God can live there for an extended period of time, and remain sane. PEOPLE living there just go batshit in a variety of ways, it makes me wonder if there’s some undiscovered hallucinogen in the soil or dust, or maybe the water.

    you’ve got the batshit-insane people who strap bombs to their kids to blow up markets, schools, and busses, the batshit insane “Leaders” who keep trying to make “Peace” with the former group(s), the batshit insane people on both sides who use the other as marksmanship practice-with live ammo, the batshit insane neighbours who’re supplying the suicidal nutjobs, and the batshit insane people who think they can predict the future.

    Muslim, Christian, Jew, Druze, doesn’t matter, the whole place is full of crazy frikking people. all of whom think they can just keep on pushing because some foreign entity (Whether national, international, or god)is going to save their own asses if it goes pear-shaped.

    We (I mean the U.S.) should just let the middle east burn for a while, step out of it, stop trying to ‘make peace’ and just let the whole thing go where the native nutjobs insist on going.

    after that, we can chip a hole in the glass plain, and drill new oil-wells without having to deal with the batshit insane nutjobs that (formerly) lived there.

  • Ruvy

    By the way, Glenn, if you threatened to strangle my wife into agreeing to sleep with you, for argument’s sake, and out of fear of her life, she agreed to do so, should I view that agreement as valid?

    Basically, every “agreement” bewtween the United States of Fascist Pigs and the State of Israeli Fascist Pigs has been of that nature – violative of the sovereign rights of the Jewish People, which the government of this country allegedly represents – with a stranglehold on their throats.

    I’m stuck with these fascist pigs in Israel (for the time being) – I don’t have the means presently to put them down like the dogs they are. But should I view your government of fascist pigs as anything more than the vicious bullies they are – finally coming out into the open to show themselves in truth after pretending to be “friends of Israel” for 60 years?

  • Ruvy


    not exactly the most trusted name in news, is he? in fact, isn’t he a particularly bad example of just about anything within a few pages of the definition for “journalistic ethics?” isn’t he the one that calls for barbed wire and killing arabs and death, death, death?

    Frankly, I never heard of this guy before I read the article. I don’t go reading the work of people who call for killing Arabs – because most of them are innocent and deserve to live decent lives in peace. Angry as I get, I reserve my anger for those who show hatred to Jews and who call for our deaths. Now, pay attention, zing. [Personal attack deleted by Comments Editor] Quoting me to Mark Schannon:

    “I’m working on two articles now, one on the linkages between ‘Arabs’ in the Land of Israel and Jews, and another one that is a little less pleasant.”

    Since you like to puzzle out “ruvy codes” so much, I’ll let you puzzle over that sentence for a while. [Personal attack deleted by Comments Editor]

  • zingzing

    well, ruvy, goldman is well-known around these parts as a fraud and a hack. that headline reeked of the type of thing he’d do. (even if he didn’t write it, not that that’s not a possibility…)


  • zingzing

    “a fictional entity of terrorists and thieves created to – and there is no other way to put this – destroy Israel.”

    why is it that–and this is a general question–that everyone in a political minority thinks that the other side wants to “destroy” their country? it really would be a foolish thing to do, and i’m having trouble thinking of why anyone would want to do it. it would certainly run contrary to human nature.

  • Ruvy

    After 3½ hours you couldn’t figure out what I was talking about? Some “codebreaker” you are. You’ll just have to wait until I finish my article on the subject to find out then.

    As for why the Arab terrorist entities who want to kill us (and are doing their damndest to accomplish that goal), read their charters. They explain it all in lovely detail. I’ll let you do the looking, dude. And give the assholes the respect they deserve and do not dismiss what they say out of hand, as is your wont. That’s how lots of arrogant dumbshits die.

  • zingzing

    on the first bit, ruvy, nice try… you throw like a girl.

    and i wasn’t referring to the terrorists, i was referring to the current israeli government. according to you, unless i misunderstand, the israeli gov’t “created” this “fictional entity of terrorists and thieves” in order to “destroy israel.” is that not what you were saying? (that’s how i originally read it, however i can now see it the other way around.) if not, my apologies, but the question still stands. and you’ve said similar things enough times.

  • Dr Dreadful

    @ #54:

    You could well be onto something there, Cannon.

    There’s one possible flaw in your argument: those jolly folks who enjoy strapping bombs to themselves and turning buses into charnel houses didn’t invent the pastime. That honour belongs to the Tamil Tigers of Sri Lanka.

    Nevertheless, it takes a particularly refined brand of insanity to decide that blowing yourself up makes your position stronger.

    Perhaps there’s something in the soil of Serendip, too.

  • Ruvy

    Well, I tried, zing. You don’t understand English either? Let’s try this.

    yesh irgunéi terrór ‘araviím sh’rotz’ím l’hashmíd u’laharóg et kol hayehudiím ba’artzénu.

    Go type that into some translator and see if the Hebrew is clearer than the English. If you don’t want to do that, see if Roger remembers enough Hebrew to translate it for you.

  • zingzing

    nah, ruvy. your english has holes in it. who “created” this “fictional group of terrorists?” how are they “fictional” in one comment, then they’re real enough to have charters in the next? does netanyahu want to destroy israel?

    by the way, i tried a few different translators and none of them seem to think that your sentence is translatable from hebrew to english. in fact, google thought it was a completely different language (uzbek, as it happened).

  • Mark Schannon


    Hope the scary things that aren’t political aren’t too bad. E-mail me.

    Cannon, I like your argument…it applies to the U.S. as well…sigh.

    In Jameson Veritas

  • Sarah

    United States main problem is Israel, which has become a liability rather than an asset on every level, from economy to military.

  • Ruvy

    Even Sharwin Narwani, in her extended huff and puff whine at Huff-post, realizes that the United States is shrinking in its influence – as an evil power that sat idly by while Nazis and many others committed genocide over the last seven decades deserves to.

    Pity the the stupid, bought off Israeli traitors, who still think the word of an American is worth more than toilet paper, or the utterance of a guttersnipe or ill-mannered thief. And pity us Israelis stuck under the would-be fascists imitating the real fascists in Washington.

    Our main problem is America, and the contemptuous court Jews who think they know so much, and who do us more damage with their treason to G-d and the Torah than they can imagine. May G-d strike the evil in North America down, and may these court Jews be destroyed by a Divine Hand, and their memory erased from under the heavens!

    It’s time for us Jews to use our brains and dump the Americans in the garbage-pail of history where they belong. America is a liability to us, with its worthless currency, its hypocritical court Jews who defecate on the Law of Moses while the bought-off traitors in Jerusalem pay the tab, and its training of Arabs to kill us.

    America needs US. WE do not need America.


  • John Lake

    I imagine if I lived in Israel/Palestine I might share your anger.
    Something must be done to bring the population together. There are common elements between Jews and Muslims;these should be empathised.
    If the occupants of that area continue to oppose one another, the outlook is bleak for all involved.

  • Ruvy


    Thank you for at least seeing that I have a reason to be angry. If you read my article on A Road to Peace Between the Children of Abraham, and bought the book recommended therein ($12 for the e-book) you would see the common elements between Jews and Muslims emphasized, and built upon.