Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Ahmadinejad's Letter and the IAEA Ploy

More details about Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's letter to President Bush emerged today. Among the Iranian president's contentions is the charge that democracy has failed around the world. The letter, some 17 pages long, included Ahmadinejad's thoughts on philosophy, history and religion. No word yet on whether or not my predicted content was part of the official communique.

Particularly galling is Ahmadinejad's questioning as to why "any technological and scientific achievement reached in the Middle East region is translated into and portrayed as a threat to the Zionist regime." He might try some egosurfing for clarification.

Remember what I said yesterday about "warming" diplomatic language? Tehran's top nuclear negotiator said that Iran has no intention of withdrawing from the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty today. Ali Larijani also claimed that Iran would be happy to take part in a mediation process administered by the UN's International Atomic Energy Agency, the "proper" channel for these concerns. This is, of course, political subterfuge. IAEA's 139 member states include all the major players in this debate.