Open letter to Iran's president
Editor's note: Leon D'Souza, a
graduate of the JCOM department, now serves America
in uniform. He is a frequent guest contributor to the
Hard News Cafe.
December 4, 2006
H.E. Dr. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
President of the Islamic Republic of Iran
Dear Dr. Ahmadinejad:
This concerns your recent appeal to the conscience
and good will of the American people with regard to
our government's involvement in the Middle East.
While I do not wish to trivialize the seriousness
and sincerity of your communication, I must confess
to finding it rather humorous that you chose to characterize
the geographical separation of our two nations as an
act of "divine providence." That is to say, "a manifestation
of God's foresightful care."
Frankly, in view of your administration's reckless
nuclear ambitions and stubborn warmongering, I couldn't
agree more with that precise choice of language. Thank
God -- or Allah, if you prefer -- that we're separated
by a vast ocean.
If I may wax biblical for a moment, perhaps you, sir,
ought to "cast out first the beam out of thine own eye,"
before you proceed to condemn the Bush administration
for its egregious abuses of power. While I cannot condone
the president's ham-fisted foreign policy positions,
I certainly cannot turn a blind eye to your own delusional
Perhaps you and our bungling president could both
profit from a bit of political soul-searching.
Leon D'Souza Fayetteville, N.C.
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Text of Iran president's letter to the U.S.