Hawks dive for cover

Iran’s strength comes from perseverance in defending its legitimate national interest


by Ardeshir Ommani

Exactly five years ago to the month, the U.S. Senate passed a resolution authorizing the Bush Administration to invade Iraq. Among the senators, only a handful, including Dennis Kucinich, didn’t vote for the 2002 resolution and several Democratic senators who voted for that resolution and who are currently presidential contenders for the 2008 election have expressed regrets; the only candidate who has not done so is Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, amazingly the current Democratic front-runner.

Similar to the Iraq war resolution, on September 26, the Senate voted 76-22 for the Jon Kyl and Joseph Lieberman-amended resolution to place the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps, or Pasdaran, on the U.S. terrorist groups list. Clinton was the only Democratic presidential candidate who supported it and offered no apologies for the vote. Since then, on the contrary, she has adamantly tried to justify her decision all along the campaign trail. Is it coincidental that Senator Clinton and Joe Lieberman, an ardent supporter of Israel and amply funded by the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), are in the same camp?

Clinton’s decision to vote for the Kyl-Lieberman resolution became such a hot issue and a symbol of embarrassment for the entire Democratic Party that at a candidates’ debate session in New Hampshire, Mike Gravel, one of the Democratic Presidential candidates, said the September resolution "is essentially a fig leaf to let George Bush go to war with Iran…I’m ashamed of you, Hillary, for voting for it." With that, the dam had broken and the pro-war Democrats had to run for cover by admonishing George Bush who had already gone over the cliff by associating Iran with WWIII.

By then nothing could stop the attacks on her character and class politics by thousands of anti-war citizens of America, and indeed around the world. Among countless comments, Jean Ross wrote "Just another sign that the Clintons and Bushes are IDENTICAL." J.D. Alessandro wrote: "Hillary’s getting that great AIPAC money; it is an easy vote for her." With no small degree of sarcasm, Willie, a commentator wrote on October 20, "Is that like her (Clinton) thinking she was voting for diplomacy when ‘Bush lied to her’ in 2002? And if she was so sure she was voting for diplomacy this time, why is she running to Webb for cover?"

Among many Congresspersons lashing out at the hawks, Dennis Kucinich targeted the most aggressive pillar of the U.S. pre-emptive foreign policy. He said, "When you say all options are on the table, you give license to President Bush. The war in Iraq is illegal. Even planning for the war against Iran is illegal."

Meanwhile, a few members of the U.S. ruling circles had realized that the developments in Pakistan were taking precedence, and hence the Iran issue must be put on the back burners. The reality hit home that the U.S. cannot fight simultaneously in four countries with a total population of 300 million. This is an even bigger dimension than what Donald Rumsfeld had imagined. On October 30, at the Democratic Candidates NBC debate, Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Senator Joseph Biden said that while Iran was an important concern, the deterioration of "an out-of-control Pakistan" was a bigger threat. "The fact of the matter is, the Iranians may get 2.6 kilograms of highly enriched uranium," he said. "But the Pakistanis have hundreds-thousands- of kilograms of highly enriched uranium."

By then, the cat was entirely out of the bag and the Democratic leadership had to begin the process of damage control, by trying to distinguish themselves from the Bush Administration, at least in words if not in deeds. On November 1, Hillary Clinton along with 29 other senators wrote to President Bush that he does not have congressional authority for war with Iran. Apparently, the roar of the millions of people of Pakistan for democratic rights and the rule of law had awakened the sleepy and obedient senators. However, Senators Barak Obama of Illinois and Joseph R. Biden, Jr. of Delaware had no intention of relieving Clinton from her agony and therefore did not sign the letter that had no force of law behind it.

Another Presidential candidate, former Senator John Edwards, one of Hillary Clinton’s top rivals, charged her with duplicity and facilitating a White House drive to war against Iran. Edwards also warned that the Bush Administration was trying to use attacks on U.S. forces in Iraq, to justify a war with Iran.

Breaking Neo-Cons Taboos

A major new development in the 2008 electoral campaign has been that the presidential candidates, aware of the public’s peace sentiment, have been breaking taboos that the neo-cons had erected, such as imposing pre-conditions for talks with Iran and the policy of regime change. For example, Senator Barak Obama is promising to sit down for diplomatic meetings with countries like Iran, Syria and North Korea and not to seek regime change. These positions are qualitatively different from "all options remain on the table."

At the same time it is obvious that the U.S. Democratic Party has neither a common platform to end the war in Iraq soon nor a unified policy to stay out of Iran. Among the Democrats three shades of foreign policy with regard to Iraq and Iran could be discerned. The far right represented by the front-runner Hillary Clinton who receives her main cues from AIPAC and the Israeli politicians is one. Her plan is not so different from the current administration.

The middle ground is occupied by the former senator John Edwards, though ethically differing from George Bush on the reasons and necessities of war with Iraq and Iran, his five-point plan does not call for an immediate termination of the war budget. On the far left stands Congressman Dennis Kucinich who announced his willingness to visit Iran personally and talk to the highest echelon of the Iranian government to peacefully resolve the differences.

As the political and diplomatic positions of the United States deteriorate and its worldwide derision and isolation takes shape, the political tendency of the American public towards a peaceful solution of U.S.-Iran issues is growing stronger, and hence the chance of victory for a pro-peace candidate is becoming a reality. Observing these trends, nationally and internationally, a few farsighted Republicans, who try to snatch victory out of the jaws of defeat, have initiated certain policy changes.

U.S. in Isolation

In mid-October, Chuck Hagel, Republican of Nebraska through a letter appealed to President Bush that "unless there is a strategic shift" in the U.S. foreign policy with regard to a war on Iran, "I believe we will find ourselves in a dangerous and increasingly isolated position in the coming months." "Now is the time for the United States to actively consider when and how to offer direct, unconditional, and comprehensive talks with Iran," he said. This is a clear admission directly from the horse’s mouth that the outcome of the hostile U.S. policy toward Iran has led to a weaker position for the U.S. and relatively speaking, to a stronger stance for the Islamic Republic of Iran.

The source of Iran’s strength is not the hostility and gunboat diplomacy of the U.S. but rather Iran’s perseverance in defending its legitimate national interest and sovereignty. There is a false notion especially among the anti-Iranian government intellectuals who claim that the legitimacy of the Islamic Republic is a bi-product of the on-going U.S. hostility towards that country. This proposition is baseless and there is no way to prove it. As a matter of fact, the U.S. expects the opposite result, i.e., pressure by a foreign power such as the U.S. is expected to weaken and not strengthen the people’s support for the government under attack.

Among the factors leading to weakening the U.S. but energizing the Islamic Republic are:

1. Perseverance of the Islamic government in defending the country’s legitimate rights to research and development of nuclear energy for peaceful purposes.

2. The mutual cooperation between the Iranian government and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

3. The steadfastness of the IAEA and its director in its resistance to backroom deals and unprincipled pressures by the U.S. and Israel.

4. The fairness in judgment practiced by both governments of Russia and China.

5. The never-ending pre-occupation of the U.S. and the U.K. in Iraq and Afghanistan.

6. The balanced judgment of the international community, especially the countries of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) to support Iran’s right to a civilian nuclear program.

7. The struggle of the people of Pakistan against the linchpins of the United States: General Musharaf, and Benazir Bhutto.

8. The politics of dialogue and diplomacy urged by the European countries was instrumental in preventing a U.S.-planned war.

9. Last, but not least, the support of the people of Iran in defending Iran’s security and territorial integrity. Furthermore, the Iranian people were not influenced by the U.S. propaganda about Western democracy and the freedom of individuals.


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Ard Ommani, the Band Tommbani !

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rhymes well with his mozDoor-like support to the Islamic Republic.


The U.S. neoconservative agenda to Sacrifice the Fifth Fleet

by Zedde Jang (not verified) on

Here's also a good article by the Candian that says US Fifth Fleet in Persian Gulf is vulnerable. Remember when Hezbollah hit the Israeli warships with couple of toy remote airplanes?



Mr. Ahmad Bahai

by masoudA on

So what are you sir ? a cyber cheerleader ?  

Tell us exactky what part of the authors logics were eyou excited about ?   It will help those of us who may have missed the points.

You were impressed with the writing style ?  This is a cyber forum sir - not meydoon Ferdosi for cheers or a Literature department for endorsing styles !!   and - what happened to what is being said - not how ?????

PS - my harshness is only for the sake of improving the quality of this brainstorm forum.  I hope your next post directly address facts and logics. 


THANK YOU MR. OMMANI for a thoughtful article.

by Ahmad Bahai (not verified) on

Your wriitng style and research into the topics are really nice. Congratulations. You are a good Iranian.


uit`s too late mary..........

by Faribors Maleknasri M. D. (not verified) on

on her way to guillotine what did she said? was she singing? how did it sound? Greeting


To: Rahaii - thank you for the link

by Ari (not verified) on

Thank you for bringing this link to our attention.

As the article states:

"Efraim Halevy, the former head of the Israeli intelligence agency Mossad, titled his memoirs "Man in the Shadows." But now that he's out in the sunlight, the 72-year-old retired spy chief has some surprisingly contrarian things to say about Iran and Syria. The gist of his message is that rather than constantly ratcheting up the rhetoric of confrontation, the United States and Israel should be looking for ways to establish a creative dialogue with these adversaries.

Halevy is a legendary figure in Israel because of his nearly 40 years of service as an intelligence officer, culminating in his years as Mossad's director from 1998 to 2003. He managed Israel's secret relationship with Jordan for more than a decade, and he became so close to King Hussein that the two personally negotiated the 1994 agreement paving the way for a peace treaty. So when Halevy talks about the utility of secret diplomacy, he knows whereof he speaks."

Yes, there are many great Israelis as well as Jews including Jewish Organizations (Jewish Voice for Peace etc.) who want peace and security and equally hate the policies of the U.S., and Israel. In fact we hear much from highly intellectual Jewish and Israeli writers, authors, and scholars about the hyprocrisy of the U.S. Administration, the neocons and the Zionists. They have enlightened us about the great atrocities that we see taking place in the world today.

I hope they continue to speak out and continue their great efforts to defend peace, security, and justice for all.

There is absolutely no reason whatsoever for Iran and Israel not to be speaking with one another. It serves the interest of both of these nations and their people. Let's stop the harsh rhetoric and start dialogue based on respect and mutual understanding.

If only leaders would give dialogue a chance, the world would be a better place for all of humanity.

There is much we can learn from one another which can bring about positive change. A policy of contaiment and isolating nations will only lead to greater hatred and mis-trust.


related to your points...

by rahaii (not verified) on

It appears even some in Israel are realizing that the best solution for everyone is a peaceful one (see this link or check iranian.com) (//www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/artic...)Those added to liberal and anti AIPACK voices such as George Soros are good signs. It is ironic that some of the most reactionary anti Iranian voices come from our own right wing racist "Persians" which are stuck in that past (many of them are noisy posters in here)


hagels words

by Faribors Maleknasri M. D. (not verified) on

whatever he said, this hagel, does not help the americans and europians. because they have no real imagination of democracy. they think bveing allowed to carry ones sexuality in to the public is democracy per se. that is all. so please acknowledge the following:
EU, US citizens against Iran attack
Sun, 11 Nov 2007 06:10:20
The majority of people in Europe and the US are opposed to using force against Iran to halt its nuclear program, new poll shows.

According to the poll which was carried out in the US, France, Germany, Italy, Spain and UK the majority of people interviewed are against military strikes on Iran, Mehr news agency reported.

The Harris Interactive Survey, the institute which conducted the poll, said using force against Iran is backed by just 8 percent in France, 7 percent in Germany, 8 percent in Italy, 8 percent in Spain, 11 percent in the UK and 21 percent in the US.

On the other hand 50 percent in France, 51 percent in Germany, 52 percent in Italy, 53 percent in Spain, 44 percent in the UK and 36 percent in the US, believed diplomatic efforts were the only way to resolve Iran's nuclear standoff.

Once asked about Iraq ninety percent of French nationals support an Iraq pullout, as do 75 percent of Germans, 82 percent of Italians, 84 percent of Spaniards, 82 percent of UK nationals and 67 percent of Americans.

The poll was conducted for France 24 TV and the Paris-based International Herald Tribune newspaper.
But still bark cheyny and Co: Bomb bomb bomb and grunts condolence and her Bushy bushy the same for the world community unpleasant sounds. so lies the burden of proof with the claim: the western had democracy. many other nations say to that kind of democracy: No thanks. That makes the devils even more crazy. the only thing they can then do is: Biting in their own tail to get rid of their hate-feelings. Greeting


shame on...................

by Faribors Maleknasri M. D. (not verified) on

To the question:
Tortured: None.
Killed: Not enough an appropriate number. they were let go on their way to europe and to the us. they do there slaves job. they were accustomed to the job during the time till 1978/79.
humilated: again none.
I mean one must accept the truth without developping hate against the one who speaks the truth. Truth is truth even said by a honest and upright. even hearing leis, normaly and regulary said by devils should not let come up hate. the western media who write and speak only lies about other countries specially against IRI are not hated by Moslems. hate is no islamic feeling. I read it on the other day. Greeting


Number 7: Pakistan

by Faribors Maleknasri M. D. (not verified) on

Pak army court to try civilians
Sun, 11 Nov 2007 10:43:53
President General Pervez Musharraf has amended a law to give army court sweeping powers to bring to justice the protesting civilians.

Pakistan's military ruler has amended a law to authorize army courts to put on trial civilians on charges ranging from treason to inciting public unrest, AP reported.

The country's opposition leader Benazir Bhutto prepares to stage a massive, 300-kilometer (185-mile) protest march. The move comes one week after Musharraf imposed a state of emergency, which he said was necessary to fight Islamic militancy. But the main targets of his crackdown so far have been his most outspoken critics, including the increasingly independent judiciary and media.

Thousands of civilians have been arrested, TV news stations taken off air, and judges removed.

On Saturday, three reporters from Britain's Daily Telegraph newspaper were ordered to leave Pakistan because of an editorial in the paper that used an expletive to allude to Musharraf.

The army chief under pressure from the United States and other Western allies to return to the path of democracy won praise for agreeing Saturday to lift the emergency within weeks and hold elections by Feb. 15, one month later than originally scheduled.

Opposition leader Benazir Bhutto said she would defy Musharraf's ban on public gatherings and lead supporters on a march from the eastern city of Lahore to the capital Islamabad on Tuesday.

"When the masses combine, the sound of their steps will suppress the sound of military boots,'' Bhutto, a former prime minister, told hundreds of protesters Saturday, hours after she was freed from 24 hours of house arrest.
Mosharaf is known as america-friend. Bhutto goes a peacefull way. So was the islamic revolution in IRI. that was the right way to go to achieve the victory over devils. Greeting


Bush Makes..........

by Faribors Maleknasri M. D. (not verified) on

Bush problem is obvious. whatever he does helps the poeple of the world and damages the graet satan. he can not be helped. let him down. Otherwise it is possible that he does more damn things meaning he is helping. So all the statements are true.greeting


Number 9: Hawks dive.........

by Faribors Maleknasri M. D. (not verified) on

please acknowledge the following and let them come if they want to but be aware:they are from same kind these peasesurchers. they will demand it was them who prevented the war against IRI otherwise were iran destroyed long before. so as many europians demanded it was them who helped the revolution und send the last regim to devil.
US peace delegation tours Iran
Sun, 11 Nov 2007 13:28:58
The American peace delegation at a press conference
A group of American citizens named the 'People's Peace Delegation to Iran' have visited various cities across the Islamic Republic.

The group, co-sponsored by the Virginia Anti-War Network and the Richmond Defender newspaper, visited the Iranian cities of Shiraz, Yazd, Isfahan and Qom as well as Tehran.

The People's Peace Delegation to Iran, made up of five US anti-war activists, visited the Friday Prayers in Tehran, the mausoleums of the two renowned Persian poets Sa'di and Hafez in Shiraz and the world-famous Naqsh-e Jahan Square in Isfahan as well as the residence of the late leader of the Islamic Revolution Imam Khomeini in the city of Qom.

They also had a meeting with Vice President and Head of Iran's Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organization Esfandyar Rahim-Mashaei. The group members said they did not expect to have the opportunity to meet with a high-ranking Iranian official.

Organizer of the delegation and editor of the Richmond Defender, Phil Wilayto, said the reality in Iran is quite different from what US politicians have led people to believe.

The US government's main goal is to prepare the US public opinion for acceptance of policies aimed at pressurizing Iran, waging psychological warfare against the country and creating a negative image of its people and government, he added.
Friends greet the delegation upon their return to DC.

Wilayto said the main obstacle in the path of Iran-US relations was the US government's chain of lies in its quest for oil-related hegemony, adding that the US main goal is to deceive global public opinion about what is actually taking place in the Middle East.


Number 8: International community prevents war against IRI?

by Faribors Maleknasri M. D. (not verified) on

The europians urged with logic. Please acknowledge the following:
The US will not win if it opts for a new war with Iran, Germany's former foreign minister Joschka Fischer said Saturday.
Any US attack on Iran would be a 'nightmare', said Fischer during a discussion at Vienna's Institute for Human Sciences.
He described as 'shocking' comments on the issue made by Rudolph Giuliani, who is one of the Republican candidates for the 2008 presidential election.
Fischer warned the United States not to start again a war that could not be won. An attack on Iran would only boost Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's chances in or re-elections next year.
The United States is spearheading international efforts to thwart Iran's atomic work but Iran denies Western charges that it is trying to build atomic weapons.
the best possibility to defend IRI in a war and possesing again Land&Poeple was 1978/79. and it was no "Possibility". otherwise the devil did not hesitate to come and take. and the europians do every thing uncle sam demands. only in dialog "under friends" they mention: we - americans AND europians - have no chance to win any war. greetings


Number 5: the never ending war on Irak and on Afghanistan?

by Faribors Maleknasri M. D. (not verified) on

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Spite the americans being apolitical and spite their not knowing about Insisting on their right as other nations do: WE CAN BE SURE: EITHER ENDS THE GREAT SATAN THE WARS SOON OR IT ENDS SELF SOONER. Greeting


Ardy the Commy

by Fred (not verified) on

This feel good musing has as much relevance to brass tacks as does the dire hope of hard core baffled lefties for the Islamist Republic to fill the void left after the collapse of their darling Communist Soviet empire


you may............ and the question: what about......

by Faribors Maleknasri M. D. (not verified) on

iranians love this regim. thats it. they sent theregim they hated to devil 1978/79. But the devil did not want to accept him first. then he saw it is worth for him if he does not take him. so he took him and killed him. From a spezial standpoint Sadam died in a more honourable way. never the less: dont worry, be happy. Greeting


Number 4: fairness? of russia? and China?

by Faribors Maleknasri M. D. (not verified) on

His majesty the last had convinced himself he will remain till reappearing of Mahdi(s) with the idea as he said: Europ willdive down with me! It was a real fact. the europians have no other choice to arrang themselves with IRI and they have done it permanently since 1978/79. Now: Russia and China have the best arguments to behave " fair". It is, please excuse me, AS TARRSSE KUNESHAN. Not because black haired ahmadinejad or aesthetically covered iranian women. No . it is because: they will not go down with iran first because iran never goes down secind because: is life hard in Iran so it is more hard in Russia and china. that is the reason for thier "fairness" and nothing else. Greeting


Number 3: do want dogs stop barking?

by Faribors Maleknasri M. D. (not verified) on

IAEA must remain independent.
An Iranian official says the world must beware of the Zionist lobby's intention to undermine the independence of international organizations.

"The US-led global arrogance and the Zionist regime are trying to influence international bodies," said the Iranian MP, Kazem Jalali.

"If reports are found against their policies, they will make every effort to tarnish the establishment's reputation," he added. Jalali made the remarks in regard to the Israeli officials recent accusations that the IAEA was playing into Tehran's hands over its nuclear program.
since El baradei acts reasnable he is hated. may be they kill him. it would be in all case an accident. Greeting
He also anticipated that ElBaradei and the IAEA would continue "to maintain the independence of the UN body and not give in to the pressure exerted by hegemonic powers."


Number 2: Hawks disappear for ever

by Faribors Maleknasri M. D. (not verified) on

they spread messages like this, but nobody ever gets the possibility to get informed what the otherside says:
Iranian Atomic Energy Organization (IAEO) has rejected an Associated Press' report that Iran has suspended its nuclear enrichment, adding the activities in Natanz nuclear plant are going as planned.

"No change has taken place in Iran's nuclear program and nuclear enrichment is continuing under the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) supervision," IAEO said in a statement.

Probably AP had made a mistake in quoting (IAEA chief Mohamed) ElBaradei, the report added.

Earlier on Tuesday, AP quoted ElBaradei as saying it seemed Iran had temporarily suspended it nuclear enrichment program.

AP further said the assumed suspension was Tehran's attempt to ease the tension between Iran and the UN Security Council considering harsher sanctions against Iran.

"I do not believe that the number of centrifuges has increased, nor do I believe that nuclear material has been introduced to the centrifuges at Natanz," AP further quoted ElBaradei.

In an ambiguous statement, ElBaradei said on Monday the IAEA was unable to fully reconstruct the history of Iran's nuclear program due to Tehran's lack of cooperation.

However, he had stressed the agency saw no diversion of nuclear material in Iran nuclear program, nor the industrial capacity to produce weapons-grade nuclear material.

ElBaradei repeated his 'timeout" proposal on Iran's issue, saying he was hoping the talks would resume again.


Nummber 1: Perseverance of....................

by Faribors Maleknasri M. D. (not verified) on

I think it is not perseverance of islamic govournment of IRI but Insisting the islamic nation. a govournment allone can not resist long. we have enough examples in the world youngest history. Take the most last iranian Kaiser or Sowjet or........
why do not name the realities and use synonymas? Not the islamic govournment but the islamic nation, please. Greeting.


Iran Crisis?

by Faribors Maleknasri M. D. (not verified) on

why Iran crisis? No Iranian sees any crisis. The nation knows: barking dogs and grunting swines stand on the door, so has the nation take Golfstocks in the hand. But where is the crisis? well it is in the mind of the ones who want to swallow the natiion`s wealth. so they are in a deep crisis because the nation does not throw its wealch after them. may be they - these devils - get reasonable and recover or they die on their crisis as the result. any how no Iranian sees any crisis. I mean those 70 Million living in Iran who are named by devils: fanatic Mullahs. Greeting


Iranians perseverance is good ........

by Faribors Maleknasri M. D. (not verified) on

Iranians INSIST is better. Never the less: the hawks und foxes are lost for ever. The dogs and the sweins will be dead soon because of permanent barking and gruntig. they can not do else. they can not bite. Otherwise they had done it allready.BUT: New devils will be borned. so the revolution has to have Permanence till to eternity. It is the reappearing of Mahdi(s). Dont worry be happy. Greeting


Iranians insist on their rights

by Faribors Maleknasri M. D. (not verified) on

Delievering a child is a painful procedure.
So is the delievering of humanrights.
No nation achieves these without hard and painful struggle.
Are human rights achieved without sacrificing lives so they are comparable with a child brought by storck.
That child can be taken away by a fox or by a hawk.
But a mother never gives her child away nor let she it be taken away.
As little as a nation would let any devilish force to take away its rights and facilities
When they are achieved after a blood flooded struggle.
The intensity of the struggles is directly proportioned to the strength the nation is bounded tomits rights.
Not simply being accustomed but the sacrifice is the most strong conection: Nation – achieved Rights.
The Iranian nation has sacrificed lives and blood to achieve the rights it is enjoing to day. With an intensity never know in the history of human beings.
So the Nation will continue to sacrifice and protect its Rights.
No barking dog less any grunting swine would ever dare to do a damn thing against that nation.
As it has not dared yet.


Thank you for a very factual analysis of the Iran crisis

by Ari (not verified) on

Dear Mr. Ommani:

Thank you for a very factual analysis and discussion about how the various presidential hopefuls and top senators in the U.S. are viewing the escalating crisis with respect to Iran.

Hillary Clinton will do anything to get campaign financing. She will sell her soul for dollars. This is not the kind of president that this nation deserves. She is one who flips flops back and forth depending on how the polls react to her mis-judgements.

And as for Rudy Guiliani - he is nothing but a Fascist. Anyone who has Podhoretz the hardcore Zionist as his advisor, calling for a bombing of a country does not deserve to be the President of this country.

As Senator Chuck Hagel said in another statement today: Rudy Giuliani and Hillary Clinton were ``recklessly irresponsible'' and acting like ``cowboys'' for rejecting calls for direct talks with Iran over its nuclear program, charged Senator Chuck Hagel, a top Republican lawmaker.

Hagel, a member of the Foreign Relations Committee who supports talks, was critical of Giuliani, the top Republican contender, and Clinton, a New York senator and leader of the Democratic field, for lambasting presidential rival Barack Obama, who proposed such discussions.

When world leaders ``hear leading presidential candidates talk like cowboys with the lowest common denominator being `I can be tougher than you, I'll go to war before you or we aren't going to talk to anybody,' that's recklessly irresponsible,'' Hagel said in an interview on Bloomberg Television's."

Hagel, 61, also criticized Vice President Dick Cheney, who he said in recent speeches on Iran has sounded similar to his provocative comments against Iraq in 2002. ``Some in this administration are serious about that possibility'' of military action in Iran, Hagel said.

``We're over here sounding war calls,'' Hagel said. ``That's a very dangerous thing because it leads you into a cul-de-sac of war if you're not careful.''

Sitting down and talking to Iranian officials wouldn't be a sign of weakness, Hagel said. ``Great nations engage. What are we afraid of?'' he said. ``You shouldn't lead with the military option.''

And as Congressman Dennish Kucinich has stated: "WE CAN BOMB THE WORLD TO PIECES BUT WE CAN'T BRING PEACE TO THE WORLD!!!"

It is imperative of all responsible presidential candidates, the Congress and the U.S. Administration to sit down and engage in dialogue with Iran with no precondition. This has been requested time and time again by all UNSC members (except of course Israel who is is pressing for war and bombing of Iran), the IAEA, The Non-Aligned Movement ("NAM") and The Organization of Islamic States ("OIS") etc..

The last thing that this world needs is another catastrophic war, with millions of innocent Iranian killed and our mother land destroyed.In a civilized world people engage and do not revert to the use of military force as a tool for foreign policy.

I hope someone can save the U.S. from self-destruction and along with it the rest of the world!!

As for Israel, it should grow up and stop playing the victim game.


You may intent to genocide us Iranians. But ....

by on your face (not verified) on

What about Iranian people suffering under this Islamist fascist system in Iran? How about genocide of Iranians by Islamists? Why do not you condemn Islamic Republic Apartheid system in Iran? What about stoning by mullah regime? Can we ignore lashing? What is your take on Islamist’s maiming (cutting hands, fingers, blinding) of Iranians? Why don't you write on torturing on Iranian braves? Why not writing on Iranian political prisoners in Iran? How about Iranian women under siege and physical and mental daily pain by Islamists in Iran? Why do not write about rights of Iranians being taken away from them to be Iranian in their own land? Write on suppressed position of oppositions in Iran. Write on dictatorial treatment of mullah and Islamist IRI on opposition, political dissent, newspapers, human rights activists, and students. Why don't you write on poverty in Iran caused by mullahs stealing nation's wealth? Why don't you write on national school educational system abused and manipulated by Islamists to brainwash Iranian children? Why don't you write and condemn mullahs and Islamists in Iran training Islamists terrorists’ suicide bombers.

You know what. Your days are outnumbered. You may intent to genocide us Iranians. But, we will not give up. We will prevail and we will take our Iran back.


Shame on all hateful

by Victims of Stalinist / Islamist crimes (not verified) on

Shame on all hateful Stalinist traitors like this Ammani-trash!
How many Iranians have been killed, tortured, humiliated by Ammani's wire pullers in Qom?


Bush Makes IRI Look Good!

by Mehdi on

I think you give a little too much credit to IRI. I think Bush has been so insane that people are having second thoughts about IRI - which is kind of funny. Bush makes IRI look like a very peaceful and demorcatic regime - I can't stop laughing! Sorry, but it seems that no matter how undemocratic and dictator-based IRI is, their oppositon always manage to make an ass of themselves and make IRI look good. Oh, come on, in a dark and morbid way, it is funny! hahaha.


What about people's interests?

by Kamangir on

Mr. Obama and others, including the author of this article need to be reminded that the interests (legitimate ones) of the iranian 'people' are NOT the same interests the regime has. Talking and dealing with a very ruthless, criminal mafia like the one in Iran, is nothing to be proud of. I guess the bottom line is, the IRI validity and legitimacy and neither one exists.


Agree with Israel Goldman,

by ANNYMS (not verified) on

Agree with Israel Goldman, as long as the bombing doesn't hurt innocent people and national infrastructure. Iran and Israel are natural friends. Iran and Israel alliance will benefit both countries in the region and the in the world.