Thursday, May 25, 2006
The letter from Iran
Iranians Fault Rice's Dismissal of Letter
Iran has requested through intermediaries direct talks with Washington over its nuclear program, the Washington Post reported Wednesday, citing US officials, Iranian analysts and foreign diplomats. The requests follow a May 8 letter from Iran's hardline leader Mahmood Ahmadinejad to US President George W. Bush, the first such communication between an Iranian and US leader in more than 25 years.
This letter has been brushed off by Condaleeza Rice, and been mentioned in most of the news media, however the actual text of the message has not been published on tv news channels, including PBS. I'm sure that no one will agree on all the points mentioned in the letter, but it bears reading, and should be presented to the public, rather than be available to the few that seek it out on the internet. This is a historical document, that deserves a reply, but this administration ignores it as being below their notice? We had a president once...a Rhode's Scholar, who would have answered this letter without delay, if for no other reason, because he was the president.
LINK to unofficial translation of letter