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Thursday, February 24, 2005

Kharazi: West ignores realities in Iran

posted by Jazz at 2/24/2005 12:13:00 PM

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This just in from the Iranian press. Iran's foreign minister apparently feels that the United States exercises a "double standard" when dealing with Middle East powers on matters of terrorism, and ignores productive efforts that the Iranians are involved in. Hrmm... I wonder where he could have gotten that idea?

(NOTE: This is a direct English translation site of the Islamic Republic News Agency and the language is not very smooth.)
Tehran, Feb 24, IRNA -- Foreign Minister Kamal Kharrazi said here on Wednesday evening that the West, in particular the US, does not pay attention to the realities in Iran.

In a meeting with Norwegian Deputy Foreign Minister Vidar Helgessen, he pointed to Iran`s constructive role in the latest developments in Afghanistan and Iraq.
The Iranian foreign minister criticized double-standard policy of the western countries on the anti-terrorism campaign. Exerting pressure on Iran and Washington`s support for the Zionist regime are examples of the US dual policies with respect to other countries, he said noting that despite the 26 elections held in Iran, Washington claims there is no democracy in the country.

For his part, the Norwegian diplomat termed his current visit to Tehran and his meetings with senior Iranian officials as positive. He further called for expansion of political, economic and cultural cooperation between the two countries.
The "facts on the ground", as it is said, are critical to success in any foreign endeavor. If we didn't learn that from the Iraq invasion, we learned nothing. (See any previous references to hearts and minds, flowers in the streets, etc.) The current reality on the ground in Iran is that this is the news source which a lot of Iranians use for their media input. I wouldn't be expecting too many showers of rose petals in the streets of Tehran if Bush decides to invade, either.