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Will Ahmadinejad get his apology?

The Washington Post reports President Ahmadinejad of Iran is demanding an apology from Barack Obama for casting doubt on the integrity of the recently concluded elections. The WaPo writes:

Teheran June 25 — Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad lashed out at President Obama on Thursday, warning him against “interfering” in Iranian affairs and demanding an apology for criticism of a government crackdown on demonstrators protesting alleged electoral fraud. …

In a speech at a petrochemical plant in southern Iran, Ahmadinejad said Obama was behaving like his predecessor, George W. Bush, and suggested that talks with the United States on Iran’s nuclear program would be pointless if Obama kept up his criticism. Obama, who has expressed interest in talking to the Iranian leadership about the nuclear issue, said at a news conference Tuesday that he was “appalled and outraged” by recent violence against demonstrators, and he accused the Iranian government of trying to “distract people” by blaming the unrest on the United States and other Western nations.

“Do you want to speak with this tone?” Ahmadinejad responded Thursday, addressing Obama. “If that is your stance, then what is left to talk about?”

Ironically Ahmadinejad may be right, but in the wrong way. Given the character of the regime in Iran, what is there left to talk about? The Iranian President doesn’t sound like a man who wants dialogue, but submission.  Unfortunately, I’m sure someone will think of a subject of conversation.


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