I expect that my parody letter was not all that far off.
From AP, with thanks to JE:
NEW YORK – Iran’s president declared in a letter to
President Bush that democracy had failed worldwide and lamented “an ever-increasing global hatred” of the U.S. government. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice swiftly rejected the letter, saying it made no progress toward resolving questions about Tehran’s suspect nuclear program.
“This letter is not the place that one would find an opening to engage on the nuclear issue or anything of the sort,” Rice said in an interview with The Associated Press. “It isn’t addressing the issues that we’re dealing with in a concrete way.”…
The letter from President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad made only an oblique reference to Iran’s nuclear intentions. It asked why “any technological and scientific achievement reached in the Middle East region is translated into and portrayed as a threat to the Zionist regime.”
Because, sir, of your repeated threats to destroy it. It shows a particularly high level of chutzpah for you to rattle your saber for months and then pretend that you haven’t been doing so.
Otherwise, it lambasted Bush for his handling of the Sept. 11 attacks, accused the media of spreading lies about the
Iraq war and railed against the United States for its support of
Israel. It questioned whether the world would be a different place if the money spent on Iraq had been spent to fight poverty.
“Would not your administration’s political and economic standing have been stronger?” the letter said. “And I am most sorry to say, would there have been an ever- increasing global hatred of the American government?…
In this he plays skillfully on Leftist sentiments in the U.S. Oh, we are not loved! Therefore we must stop resisting jihad!
“There’s nothing in here that would suggest that we’re on any different course than we were before we got the letter,” Rice said….
Liberalism and Western-style democracy “have not been able to help realize the ideals of humanity,” said the letter, obtained late Monday by The Associated Press. “Today these two concepts have failed. Those with insight can already hear the sounds of the shattering and fall of the ideology and thoughts of the Liberal democratic systems.”…
This report of course doesn’t say so, but when Ahmadinejad says this, he is leading up to the assertion that the only viable political ideology is Islam. In a similar way, Sayyid Qutb in Milestones stated that capitalism and Communism were both failed ideologies, and the world needed a third way: Sharia.
Yet the document makes no concrete proposals and does not suggest new talks. Instead, Ahmadinejad suggests that Bush should look inward, saying there was an increasing hatred worldwide of the United States, and that history shows how “repressive and cruel governments do not survive.”
“How much longer will the blood of the innocent men, women and children be spilled on the streets, and people’s houses destroyed over their heads? Are you pleased with the current condition of the world? Do you think present policies can continue?”
No, I don’t think they can, myself.