Straight from the Vertex of Villainy

A quick preface: I’m no Iran-lover, but I recently got a hold of the letter sent to Mr. Bush from Iran’s president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, and thought a few parts were worth sharing- The gist of the message is that George W. Bush’s policies are inconsistent with democracy, liberalism, and the teachings of Jesus, all of George’s favorite justifications. It’s hard to adopt such values when they seem so utterly dysfunctional.

The White House’s official response to the letter was that it was worthless because it didn’t “address the nuclear matter.” Perhaps they need to work on their critical analysis.

“Why is it that any technological and scientific achievement reached in the Middle East regions is translated into and portrayed as a threat to the Zionist regime? Is not scientific R&D one of the basic rights of nations?”

You are familiar with history. Aside from the Middle Ages, in what other point in history has scientific and technical progress been a crime? Can the possibility of scientific achievements being utilised for military purposes be reason enough to oppose science and technology altogether? If such a supposition is true, then all scientific disciplines, including physics, chemistry, mathematics, medicine, engineering, etc. must be opposed.”

Although I think claiming that George W. Bush is “familliar with history” is the overstatement of the century, this is a clear justification for “the nuclear issue.” Nuclear non-proliferation is a hypocritical paradox. The agreement is basically “we can, and you can’t.” For what reason? “we can be trusted with power, and you can’t be.” This argument is undermined by the various unfortunate transgressions undertaken by the current president. Again, it seems that if the U.S. practiced what it preached, they’d have a little bit more moral authority in demanding that the rest of the world “do the same.”

The question nobody ever thinks to ask:

“Mr President, don’t Latin Americans have the right to ask, why their elected governments are being opposed and coup leaders supported? … Don’t [the people of Africa] have the right to ask why their enormous wealth – including minerals – is being looted, despite the fact that they need it more than others? Again, do such actions correspond to the teachings of Christ and the tenets of human rights?”

Mr. Ahmadinejad seems more media literate than many Americans:

“After 9.11, instead of healing and tending to the emotional wounds of the survivors and the American people – who had been immensely traumatised by the attacks – some Western media only intensified the climates of fear and insecurity – some constantly talked about the possibility of new terror attacks and kept the people in fear. Is that service to the American people? Is it possible to calculate the damages incurred from fear and panic?… Some believe that the hype paved the way – and was the justification – for an attack on Afghanistan. … In media charters, correct dissemination of information and honest reporting of a story are established tenets. I express my deep regret about the disregard shown by certain Western media for these principles.”

Perhaps the best point refers to the president’s unfortunate priorities:

“If billions of dollars spent on security, military campaigns and troop movement were instead spent on investment and assistance for poor countries, promotion of health, combating different diseases, education and improvement of mental and physical fitness, assistance to the victims of natural disasters, creation of employment opportunities and production, development projects and poverty alleviation, establishment of peace, mediation between disputing states and distinguishing the flames of racial, ethnic and other conflicts were would the world be today? Would not your government, and people be justifiably proud? Would not your administration’s political and economic standing have been stronger? And I am most sorry to say, would there have been an ever increasing global hatred of the American governments?”

All reasonable points. I can understand why the White House dismissed this letter- they don’t have a response. Their entire strategy has been based on avoiding responses. On avoiding responsibility.

I disagree with Mr. Ahmadinejad’s conclusion:

“Liberalism and Western style democracy have not been able to help realize the ideals of humanity. Today these two concepts have failed. Those with insight can already hear the sounds of the shattering and fall of the ideology and thoughts of the liberal democratic systems. 
We increasingly see that people around the world are flocking towards a main focal point – that is the Almighty God.”

The one major problem with such a statement is that George Bush, his administration, and subsequently, our country, can hardly be considered a true ambassador of “democracy and liberalism.” (Unless, of course, you are speaking of economic neoliberalism rather than classical liberalism) Mr. Ahmadinejad’s vision of a government grounded in monotheism is a frightening alternative, to say the least.

Read the entire letter here.