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May 8, 2006
Dear Satan, How Are You? I Am Fine ...

The news services are abuzz with the announcement from Teheran that Iran will end 25 years of silence between the Islamic Republic and the US. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad will write a letter to George Bush in an attempt to ease tensions between the two nations:

Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is writing to U.S President George W. Bush in an attempt to ease mounting tensions between Tehran and the West, an Iranian official said on Monday. ...

Government spokesman Gholamhossein Elham said a letter from Ahmadinejad to Bush would be delivered later on Monday to the Swiss Embassy in Tehran, which represents U.S. interests in the Islamic Republic.

"In this letter, he has given an analysis of the current world situation, of the root of existing problems and of new ways of getting out of the current delicate situation in the world," he told a weekly news conference.

Ahmadinejad had said earlier in the day that he would announce some "important news." It was not immediately clear whether he was flagging the letter to Bush.

One has to wonder what Ahmadinejad would say in a letter to Bush that he hasn't already said publicly. Perhaps the Iranian president can explain more of what he meant when he called for the annihilation of Israel and the United States. Maybe he will instruct Bush on the true history of the Holocaust. It could be an attempt to convert the Christian to Islam, considering Ahmadinejad's belief in the coming global rule of Islam.

Whatever it is, clearly it will not be an agreement to suspend nuclear enrichment and to abide by IAEA rules and regulations. Until Iran agrees to stop its nuclear program, Ahmadinejad can get all the pen-pals he wants, but the UN has to take action against Iran. If the UNSC fails to enforce its own resolutions again with anything more than a sternly-written memo, there will be no deterrent for other nations to go rogue on nukes.

Bush can tell Ahmadinejad that in his reply, but I suspect that the Iranian president will already know the US position. What matters is whether the rest of the world is ready to enforce the NPT, or whether it has become a dead letter, thanks to UN fecklessness.

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Posted by Ed Morrissey at May 8, 2006 6:16 AM

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