Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the president of Iran, suspected hostage-taker in the 1979 444-day seige of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran, and crackpot Holocaust-denier, is feeling the holiday spirit. On Nov. 29, Ahmadinejad posted an open letter (see below) on the Web site of Iran's mission to the United Nations that invited "Noble Americans" to share "responsibility to promote and protect freedom and human dignity." He wants us out of Iraq.
Iran's leader "detest[s] darkness, deceit, lies and distortion" and feels, despite the "unnecessary restrictions of U.S. authorities" and "negative ramifications" of U.S. " activities" in his part of the world, that ordinary Americans are "God-fearing, truth-loving, and justice-seeking." He is silent on the nuclear buildup near Tehran. "We all condemn terrorism," he writes, but there's no discussion of Iran's support for Hezbollah. Maybe he'll take up those topics next year.
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