Ahmadinejad To Obama: Get Out
With a perceptible smile in his written words, Iran's Mahmoud Ahmadinejad sends a congratulatory letter to President-elect Obama and essentially tells him, too, to get out.
“People in the world expect war-oriented policies, occupation, bullying, deception and intimidation of nations and imposing discriminatory policies on them and international affairs, which have evoked hatred toward American leaders, to be replaced by ones advocating justice, respect for human rights, friendship and noninterference in other countries’ affairs,” the letter said, according to ISNA.
“They also want the U.S. intervention to be limited to its borders, especially in the sensitive region of the Middle East,” it said. “It is expected to reverse the unfair attitude of the past 60 years to restore the rights of people in Palestine, Iraq and Afghanistan.”
What rights for the people in Afghanistan and Iraq Ahmadinejad is referring to is curious. Presumably the rights they enjoyed under dictatorship and tyranny of Saddam Hussein and the Taliban.
Between them, over 50 million people enjoy newly-established rights under representative democracies, albeit still developing and maturing. Restoring something else in lieu and calling it 'rights' is a curious statement form the Islamic 'Republic' of Iran.
With regards to 'Palestine,' Gaza was vacated several years ago and turned over for direct and full Palestinian control and governance. How's that going?
Aside: When contrasting the democratically elected government (Hamas) in Gaza with other emerging democracies, it is important to distinguish between democracy and liberty.
Liberty is protected by Democracy.
Democracy does not establish Liberty.
Democracy without Liberty begets Tyranny.
Bringing 'democracy' to the Middle East or anywhere in the world will always fail the people and fail at establishing or preserving peace unless its predecessor is quite necessarily individual liberty, and not the other way around. And it must be acknowledged that liberty without security is an illusion of such.So, to cap the general thought, the order must be:
1. Ending TyrannyWhen the order is altered or ignored, peace will always be fleeting if ever present. See: Gaza, Iran, or Iraq circa 2005-2006.
2. Establishing & Maintaining Security
3. Securing Liberty4. Introducing Democracy to Preserve Liberty