March 21, 2000
Two and two
By Banafsheh Zand
Mr. Clinton's illustrious career as president comes to an end in 10
months. He's intent on leaving his legacy for his postulated replacement,
the man with the beige soul, Al Gore. In the home stretch, this administration
is making a limp friendly gesture by lifting certain non-descript sanctions
placed on Iran during the hostage crisis.
In her speech to the American-Iranian Council in Washington D.C. on
Friday, Secretary of State Madeleine Albright announced that: "Oil
was not on the list of products Iran is being allowed to export to the
United States." It was only on Wednesday when the news about the
escalating oil prices hit the air waves. And it wasn't that long ago when
we heard about Iran's private deal with France - $5 per barrel of oil!
I don't think it takes a brain surgeon to put two and two together here.
I'm a registered Democrat. I voted for these people and even I'm
disgusted by their undignified and transparent maneuvers at "good
will." The sad fact is that in 21 years neither Iranians nor Americans
have learned ANYTHING. The cavalier American still figures it can bamboozle
anyone and the Napoleon-complexed Iranian still begrudgingly placates.
If Americans don't stop hustling the world, and Iranians don't realize
that they shouldn't be selling themselves short, we'll be back at square
one in no time.
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