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Obama has shown his sophistication by insisting that his shiny new administration will engage in dialogue with Iran without any pre-conditions. So, how has Iran reacted?

“This request means Western ideology has become passive, that capitalist thought and the system of domination have failed,” Gholam Hossein Elham was quoted as saying by the Mehr news agency.”Negotiation is secondary, the main issue is that there is no way but for (the United States) to change,” he added.After nearly three decades of severed ties, Obama said shortly after taking office this month that he is willing to extend a diplomatic hand to Tehran if the Islamic republic is ready to “unclench its fist”.US President Barack Obama’s offer to talk to Iran shows that America’s policy of “domination” has failed, the government spokesman said on Saturday.”  

And that’s how it is with the Mullahs. Either YOU dominate them, or they will dominate you. They sense weakness in Obama and they will be encouraged by his remarks to continue down the path to nukes. Israel cannot accept this for obvious reasons and so sooner or later there is going to be a moment of truth for Obama – does he stand by Iran OR does he stand by Israel. Liberals believe there is choice – I believe there is no such choice. 

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11 thoughts on “THE MISSIONARY POSITION….

  1. The Iranian response has been incredibly unsophisticated, completely unhelpful.

    Does it show that Obama was mistaken to be so overt in his opening to Iran? Yes it does. The outstretched hand was slapped publicly.

    Noted.

  2. Phantom

    Which probably shows that actually the Mullahs are rather unnerved by Obama. They don’t like the fact that the much easier to cope with previous situation of America ‘The Great Satan’ was easier to sell to their populace. Obama is wrong footing that strategy and the Iranian leaders don’t like it.

  3. Colm

    There may be truth to that.

    If I were Obama, I would immediately shift to low level strategy re the regime, speak over their heads to the Iranian people where possible, and keep all options open.

    As stated before, the Iranian population is far more sophisticated and informed and in many cases pro Western than many think. They’re under the boot of a bad government, but this is a real country where many currents flow despite the regime.

  4. Phantom, that’s sounds like the Bush strategery, which will now be hailed as brilliant.

  5. In 2005, there were actually pro-Bush demonstrations in Tehran, where people chanted " Bush Bush Kush Kush" ( " Bush, Bush, where is Bush" in Farsi )

    Iran is also a country where there were spontaneous genuine demonstrations in sympathy with the US after 9/11

    And where the government – bad as it is – soon afterward said that US military pilots conducting operations over Afghanistan who were in trouble could land in Iran if they needed to.

    It is a deeply interesting place, and is not a Saudi Arabia. [ I actually want to visit there some day ]

    And yes Charles you spoke correctly about the Obama overt initiative a couple of days ago.

  6. Yes, Colm has a point.
    Iran has plenty of internal leadership problems and a growing, restless populace.
    Having the USA as a focal point for hatred is a good lightning-rod for the regime to foster.
    It’s a new tactic for Yanks; why not give it a try?
    Good luck to Obama.
    The last administration got nowhere.

  7. Yes, if the economy is in trouble with low oil prices and these schmucks refuse the hand of friendship of a country that could help them a great deal, that will not endear them to many Iranians.

  8. Stand by Israel of course. Iran must not be allowed to get the Nuke. At least in Pakistan we do not have clerics running the country. No American president is every going to stand by Iran in its wish to get Nuclear weapons. Obama is an American president. Its never goibng to happen

  9. Sounds a lot like internal politics to me, playing to the home crowd. It is not as if they are going to be filmed waiting by the letter box for the postie to deliver Obama’s letter.
    Lets just wait and see what happens. It is in Iran’s interest to re-engage, and curiously the mullahs might just be the voice of reason in this over Ahmadinejad, but it is all far too unpredictable.
    I assume that the US has a back-channel it has been using all this time and that lead Obama to make the move. Let’s hope so at least.

  10. It would be quite a good idea for Obama to bypass the Iranian government and deal directly with Iranians as the internet would allow. Many Iranians have access to this medium as my ex-pat Iranian colleagues tell me. BTW, the Iranians whom I know are westernised and don’t have any of the explosive baggage carried by arabs and pakis(tanis). Oops, that was almost racist!

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