It isn’t enough that Obama has already signaled in numerous ways his readiness to embark on a path of appeasement. Oh, no. Ahmadinejad wants Obama to signal to the world Iran’s hegemony. And this after Iran has been at war with the United States for decades, beginning with the hostage crisis.
Why shouldn’t he go ahead and give Ahmadinejad what he wants? After all, won’t that help establish “mutual respect” between the U.S. and Iran — which mutual respect Obama has implied more than once has been ruptured by the U.S., not by the Islamic world?
“Obama should apologise to Iran: Ahmadinejad,” from AFP, January 28 (thanks to Sr. Soph):
TEHRAN (AFP) – Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad demanded on Wednesday that US President Barack Obama apologise for “crimes” committed by the United States against Iran over the past 60 years.
The hardline leader also called on Washington to withdraw its troops from across the world as a proof of Obama’s policy of change.
“You were standing against the Iranian people in the past 60 years,” Ahmadinejad said during an address in the western region of Khermenshah that was broadcast by state television.
“Those who speak of change must apologise to the Iranian people and try to repair their past bad acts and the crimes they committed against Iran.”
As to the troops, he said he expected two kinds of “deep and fundamental” change.
“Meet people, talk to them with respect and put an end to the expansionist policies. If you talk about change it must put an end to the US military presence in the world, withdraw your troops and take them back inside your borders.”
Ahmadinejad said the advocates of change must “stop supporting the Zionists, outlaws and criminals.”
He called on the United States to “stop interfering in other people’s affairs” and said Washington should “let the American people decide their own future … Stop pressuring them,” he added, without saying to what he was referring.
Ahmadinejad said he welcomed change but the “change has to be fundamental.”
“If someone wants to talk with us in the language that (George W.) Bush used … even if he uses new words, our response will be the same that we gave to Bush during the past years,” he added….