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Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is a Deceptive Opportunist

By myobservations     Apr 5, 2007 in World
The release of the 15 British sailors by Iran provides a photo and bogus publicity opportunity for President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Iran sought a public apology, but rightly so, did not get one from the British.
April 4, 2007 - Today, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad took advantage of the world stage by announcing the unexpected release of 15 captive British sailors who were captured in Iraqi waters; and falsely accused of being within Iranian waters. These sailors obviously were pressured to express a grateful attitude for being released by a merciful Ahmadinejad.
British Prime Minister Tony Blair did not confront, nor did he negotiate with Iran during the 13 day crisis. Blair expressed his joy and relief and is quoted as saying to the Iranian people, "we bear you no ill will." Iran sought a public apology, but rightly so, did not get one from the British.
Syrian diplomats claim to have been instrumental in the release of the British sailors. The announcement of the release came shortly after U.S. House of Representatives Leader Nancy Pelosi met with President Bashar Assad in Damascus. Right wing television "shock jocks" like Fox News' Bill O'Reilly denounced Nancy for meeting with the Syrian president, indicating that it was undermining U.S. efforts throughout the Middle East.
I support Nancy in her efforts to open broad negotiations throughout the Middle East and in all of her peace endeavors.
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