Ahmadinejad’s letter to Bush

I found the translated text of the famous letter in De Spiegel. and I think is worth reading. I would like to make some points:

The letter starts:

Mr George Bush, President of the United States of America: (ups, forgot the W.)
For some time now I have been thinking, how one can justify the undeniable contradictions that exist in the international arena — which are being constantly debated, especially in political forums and amongst university students. Many questions remain unanswered. These have prompted me to discuss some of the contradictions and questions, in the hopes that it might bring about an opportunity to redress them.

It looks like he is giving Bush a correction of his homework (foreign policy) and latter as they both were messengers from God or prophets… and finally he wants Bush to convert to islam…

Can one be a follower of Jesus Christ (PBUH), the great Messenger of God, feel obliged to respect human rights, present liberalism as a civilization model, announce one’s opposition to the proliferation of nuclear weapons and WMDs, make War and Terror his slogan, and finally, work towards the establishment of a unified international community – a community which Christ and the virtuous of the Earth will one day govern, but at the same time, have countries attacked; the lives, reputations and possessions of people destroyed.

This is the main point. He wants to show Bush his own contradictions with his supposed values… Didn’t Ahmadinejad head about realpolitik, national power and interest? Is he a naive neo- liberal?

Then he write about Irak, Guantanamo and Israel… very common critics… just:

After the war (2WW), they claimed that six million Jews had been killed. Six million people that were surely related to at least two million families. Again let us assume that these events are true. Does that logically translate into the establishment of the state of Israel in the Middle East or support for such a state?
Throughout history many countries have been occupied, but I think the establishment of a new country with a new people, is a new phenomenon that is exclusive to our times.Students are saying that sixty years ago such a country did not exist. The showy old documents and globes and say try as we have, we have not been able to find a country named Israel. (did you find Liberia? Look close to the map of Africa…)

And the nuclear issue… as scientific progress. Great!

Why is it that any technological and scientific achievement reached in the Middle East regions is translated into and portrayed as a threat to the Zionist regime? Is not scientific R&D one of the basic rights of nations.
You are familiar with history. Aside from the Middle Ages, in what other point in history has scientific and technical progress been a crime? Can the possibility of scientific achievements being utilised for military purposes be reason enough to oppose science and technology altogether? If such a supposition is true, then all scientific disciplines, including physics, chemistry, mathematics, medicine, engineering, etc. must be opposed.

Latin America and Africa are not forgoten:

Don’t Latin Americans have the right to ask, why their elected governments are being opposed and coup leaders supported? Or, why must they constantly be threatened and live in fear? The people of Africa are hard working, creative and talented. They can play an important and valuable role in providing for the needs of humanity and contribute to its material and spiritual progress. Poverty and hardship in large parts of Africa are preventing this from happening. Don’t they have the right to ask why their enormous wealth – including minerals – is being looted, despite the fact that they need it more than others? Again, do such actions correspond to the teachings of Christ and the tenets of human rights?

And more and more questions:

If billions of dollars spent on security, military campaigns and troop movements were instead spent on investment and assistance for poor countries, promotion of health, combating different diseases, education and improvement of mental and physical fitness, assistance to the victims of natural disasters, creation of employment opportunities and production, development projects and poverty alleviation, establishment of peace, mediation between disputing states and distinguishing the flames of racial, ethnic and other conflicts where would the world be today?

Until that point in the text most arguments could be summited by much of the anti-globalization movements. But then…

Mr President, it is not my intention to distress anyone. If prophet Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Ishmael, Joseph or Jesus Christ (PBUH) were with us today, how would they have judged such behaviour? Will we be given a role to play in the promised world, where justice will become universal and Jesus Christ (PBUH) will be present? Will they even accept us? My basic question is this : Is there no better way to interact with the rest of the world? Today there are hundreds of millions of Christians, hundreds of millions of Moslems and millions of people who follow the teachings of Moses (PBUH). All divine religions share and respect on word and that is monotheism or belief in a single God and no other in the world.

The God of all people in Europe, Asia, Africa, America, the Pacific and the rest of the world is one. (wich one?) He is the Almighty who wants to guide and give dignity to all His servants. He has given greatness to Humans.

And finally, the solution to all problems in the world:

Do you not think that if all of us come to believe in and abide by these principles, that is, monotheism, worship of God, justice, respect for the dignity of man, belief in the Last Day, we can overcome the present problems of the world – that are the result of disobedience to the Almighty and the teachings of prophets – and improve our performance? Do you not think that belief in these principles promotes and guarantees peace, friendship and justice? Do you not think that the aforementioned written or unwritten principles are universally respected?
The people of the world have no faith in international organisations, because their rights are not advocated by these organisations. (he know what everybody thinks) Liberalism and Western style democracy have not been able to help realize the ideals of humanity. 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. We increasingly see that people around the world are flocking towards a main focal point – that is the Almighty God. Undoubtedly through faith in God and the teachings of the prophets, the people will conquer their problems. My question for you is : Do you not want to join them? Mr President, Whether we like it or not, the world is gravitating towards faith in the Almighty and justice and the will of God will prevail over all things.

Vasalam Ala Man Ataba’al hoda,

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

President of the Islamic Republic of Iran

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One response to “Ahmadinejad’s letter to Bush

  1. As I read somewhere, this letter, supposed to be a missive, is the kind of letter that the caliphs normally sent to the opponent before being besieged…
    Well, talking more seriously., I mean their discourses –Bush and Ahmadinejad- are in some parts identical, talking about crusades, war of civilizations, great Messenger of God…
    Anyway, giving the content of that sermon, I got the impression It is rather an internal strategy than an international one,…

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