Aside from being quite scary sometimes when he opens his mouth, Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is, I think, the most handsome world leader out there. The Afghan fella might dress the best with his cute lil’ hat, but there’s something quite charming about Ahmadinejad’s cheap-looking suits and open collar that I really like. And he’s got those dark eyes that light up when he’s smiling. Plus he’s got a beard, which is always a plus in my book.
I was listening to something on Democracy Now! yesterday which was very interesting. They had an interview with this chap who used to be a UN weapons inspector called Scott Ritter about his new book, “Target Iran: The Truth About the White House’s Plans for Regime Change.” While Ahmadinejad is making it easy for the media to aid Bush’s plans to go in there and bomb the shit out of Iran, they’re ignoring one very important fact: that the big power dude in Iran isn’t really Ahmadinejad; it’s the Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Khamenei. This is what Ritter said:
[Khamenei] is supported by an organization called the Guardian Council. Then there’s another group called the Expediency Council. These are the people that control the military, the police, the nuclear program, all the instruments of power. And not only has the Supreme Leader issued a fatwa that says that nuclear weapons are not compatible with Islamic law, with the Shia belief system that he is responsible, in 2003 he actually reached out to the Bush administration via the Swiss embassy and said, “Look, we would like to normalize relations with the United States. We’d like to initiate a process that leads to a peace treaty between Israel and Iran.” Get this, Israel and Iran. He’s not saying, “We want to wipe Israel off the face of the earth.” He is saying, “We want peace with Israel.” And they were willing to put their nuclear program on the table.
Why didn’t the Bush administration embrace this? Because that leads to a process of normalization, where the United States recognizes the legitimacy of the theocracy and is willing to peacefully coexist with the theocracy. That’s not the Bush administration’s position.
That’s an interesting thing that I didn’t know before. Anyway, here’s an mp3 link to the interview.