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IRAN: Ahmadinejad congratulates, cautions and advises Obama

Ahmadinejad2 Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad today posted a congratulatory message to President-elect Barack Obama on his official website.

But his lengthy note also cautioned Obama to change America's ways and to reverse policies based on what he described as "belligerency, occupation, bullying, demagoguery," among other things.

It is part of Iran's complicated response to the election of Obama, who has said he'd be willing to speak with Iran's leadership, as detailed in a report written for today's Los Angeles Times.

Ahmadinejad begins his note with the kind of flowery, somewhat overblown language typical in the Middle East:

I congratulate you on your success in mustering the majority of votes cast in the presidential elections. You know pretty well that the opportunities God grants to people he has created are short-lived, and they could either serve perfection of mankind and interests of nations or, God forbid, disserve nations. I hope that His Excellency will favor the genuine interests of people and justice over the never-ending demands of a selfish and fallible minority, so that you can seize on this chance in the best manner and leave behind a good legacy.

But he quickly gets down to the nitty-gritty, advising the freshman senator on what he must do to be an effective president.

Ahmadinejad writes that Obama must "overhaul" America's domestic and foreign policies because the people of the world and U.S. expect it.

Below are extensive excerpts from an unofficial translation of the letter:

On the one hand, the spiritual-minded American nation expects its government to concentrate its efforts entirely on serving people, healing the ongoing critical economic crisis, restoring its reputation, reviving hopes for eradication of poverty and discrimination, respecting  dignity, security and human rights as well as bolstering family foundations –- all of them teachings of God's messengers.

On the other hand, the nations of the world bank on the hope that policies based on belligerency, occupation, bullying, demagoguery, humiliation of nations and imposition of discriminatory and unjust relations on them and on global interactions -– which have provoked resentment from all nations and the majority of governments ... and have harmed the reputation of Americans -– turn to behaviors based on justice and respect for human and national rights, friendship and non-interference in others' affairs...

Specifically in the sensitive Middle East region, the U.S. government is expected to rethink its 60-year unjust behavior and opt for helping nations -– notably the innocent Palestinian, Iraqi and Afghan nations –- fully regain the legitimate rights denied them.

Iran's great, civilization-producing and justice-seeking nation welcomes fundamental, realistic and just changes in [U.S.] politics and behavior particularly toward the Middle East.

If you take steps on the divine path and follow the teachings of divine prophets, God, the Almighty, will help you to make up in part for the heavy damage inflicted [by the U.S.] in the past.

I pray for God to bestow happiness, health and welfare on all nations, and help leaders of societies  learn lessons from the past, take advantage of chances of serving people, expand kindness, remove oppression and establish justice.

-- Borzou Daragahi in Beirut

Photo: Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad during a religious ceremony in Tehran last month. Credit: Hasan Sarbakhshian / Associated Press

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I agree completely with Melissa West, Although I must advise her that people under 13 years of age are not allowed to post comments

Some of the things that the Iranian dictator says are really really scary and this is advise Obama should not follow. For example, the Iranian dictator says,

>> the nations of the world bank on the hope that policies based on belligerency, occupation, bullying, demagoguery, humiliation of nations and imposition of discriminatory and unjust relations on them and on global interactions -– which have provoked resentment from all nations and the majority of governments ... and have harmed the reputation of Americans -– turn to behaviors based on justice and respect for human and national rights, friendship and non-interference in others' affairs...

I believe that it is in the best interest of peace and prosperity that Obama starts using discriminatory humiliating and unjust relations, so as to distance himself from this terrorist demands. Furthermore, I believe that in the interest of human rights, he enacts a policy to to disregard human and national rights. We cannot allow a terrorist to tell our president what to do. therefore, Obama must strive to do the opposite. It's in the best interest of peace for all mankind.

This is one of the best advices any real human being can give another one, especially when it comes to leadership on the global level. Ahmadinejad has some serious true points about 60 years of unjust U.S. policies in the middle-east.
However, based on his own criminal records and criminal records of the Islamic Republic against humanity and Iranian people directly, Ahmadinejad and his entire clan and collaborators have no RIGHT or BUSINESS advising other leaders in the Free World, especially a real peaceful man such as President Obama...
Ahmadinejad and Islamic Republic must be ashamed of themselves before Freedom loving and peaceful Iranian people and the world....
In GOD's name their unjust and criminal ruling of Iran & Iranian nation will very soon come to an end and they must be sentenced for their crimes against humanity...
Only then, we can all live in Peace in the world once again...
Peace & Love from Iran

Barrack Obama could be the anti-Christ watch out, he is seen as a type of saviour come to rescue America in its darkest times for a century. This is the start of the end be wary of this so called too good to be true president, he is most likely a wolf in sheep's clothing spelling the end for us all. Watch carefully what he does as he will be guided by the prince of darkness himself. Barrack will not knowingly do evil he will believe he is doing the right thing but the mark of the beast will be introduced such as the barcode system under peoples skin on their forehead or wrist. Do not take this chip or however they want to implement it as it will spell your doom.

What exactly has Ahmadinejad done to lead you to classify him as a terrorist, Mellisa?

OMG

Please, Mr. President elect DO NOT TAKE ADVICE FROM TERRORISTS!!! FROM DICTATORS!!! Please don't think that Chavez or Ahmadinejed have anythiing but malice, contempt and malevolant plans for the United States of America.

Please, humble yourself before God and truly act like a real American!!!


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