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To: Pan_Yans Wife; fat city; freedom44; Tamsey; Grampa Dave; PhiKapMom; McGavin999; Hinoki Cypress; ...
Join Us At Today's Iranian Alert Thread – The Most Underreported Story Of The Year!

"If you want on or off this Iran ping list, Freepmail DoctorZin”

2 posted on 12/22/2003 12:13:46 AM PST by DoctorZIn (Until they are free, we shall all be Iranians!)
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Khatami brushes aside raid on Iran

IRIB English News
2003/12/22

Tehran, Dec 22 - President Mohammad Khatami on Monday brushed aside speculation about a likely US attack against Iran and Syria, while he laughed off Israeli defense minister's revelation about the Zionist regime's plan to destroy Tehran's nuclear capabilities.

"He made a damn mistake," the Iranian president retorted with a smile, when asked to comment on the statements made by Shaul Mofaz who had been cited as saying that 'the necessary steps will be taken if a decision is made to destroy Iran's nuclear capability'.

Khatami also said, "America is not in a position to realize its threats against Iran and Syria".

"If America manages to pull out safe from the storm which it has started in Iraq, it will be acknowledged as having done a great job," he added.

Khatami described relations between Tehran and Damascus as "very good", playing down the US and Israeli threats against them.

"There have always been threats against these two countries. But we must remain together and do not give any pretext to them."

Iran has been demonized under the Bush administration, while Syria has been slapped with new series of unilateral American sanctions.

http://www.iribnews.com/Full_en.asp?news_id=194932
8 posted on 12/22/2003 6:55:32 AM PST by F14 Pilot (A wise man changes his mind, a fool never does.)
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To: DoctorZIn
"But most American’s are unaware that the Islamic Republic of Iran is NOT supported by the masses of Iranians today."

Exactly. In fact, most Americans have never been aware of the real story of Iran, especialy for the past 20 years. This has led to the fiction that Iran is the model Muslim-state democracy, when in fact there's never been anything democratic about it, unless defined in the true socialist sense of the word.

First we had the Shah, then a revolution nobody understood because it seemed to come from nowhere (I personally admired him) then the hostages and demonstrations with signs helpfully written for the Islamists by the American media.

Then the Democrats, who wanted power, got involved and played on the confusion of the public, creating Iran-Contra, blending that into a confusing story about how corrupt the Shah was, how he needed to be overthrown, and how much better off the people of Iran were now that they were "free." That morphed into the "Only Example of Muslim Democracy" fiction which is still mostly in place today. While the mad mullahs continued down a path of incresing oppression and terrorist enabling. Thankfully, that fiction has been practically debunked in the past two years, but it's still infesting much of Western thought. Heck, some people still don't know where Persia is.

17 posted on 12/22/2003 12:53:24 PM PST by cake_crumb (UN Resolutions = Very Expensive, Very SCRATCHY Toilet Paper)
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