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Ahmadinejad from the Iranian point of view

Reported by Chrish - September 21, 2006 -

Rudi Bakhtiar, who recently returned from reporting from her native Iran, had a brief segment on The Big Story today 9/20/06. Substitute host Julie Banderas wisely asked a few questions and let Bakhtiar speak.

Banderas did attempt to depict Ahmadinejad as a liar right off the bat, pointing to some protesters in NY and saying he is "trying to sell us that he's on this peaceful plan. What do the people of Tehran really believe - do they believe him?"

Without noting the parallels to the American political scene, Bakhtiar reported that the lower classes of Tehran fully support their President Ahmadinejad, whom they consider to be "one of them...one of the people." Some factions, specifically students, don't support him, question the legitimacy of his presidency, and wonder why there's been no investigation into how he was elected. Those people are the ones who support the Reformists and don't support the notion of wiping out Israel.

Across the economic spectrum they support Iran's pursuit of nuclear energy "120%". They are signatories of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and as such it is a matter of national pride to continue their uranium enrichment program for peaceful purposes. In fact, the Ayatollah Khameini, Iran's supreme religious leader, has issued a fatwa that forbids the production, stockpiling, or use of nuclear weapons.

Bakhtiar predicts tomorrow's news conference will be more of the same, with Ahmadinejad pointing out US failures as seen by the Middle East, specifically in Iraq. Last week she saw him and Iraqi Prime Minister Al Maliki "standing shoulder to shoulder", an image that rocked her, as she grew up in Iran while it was being bombed by Iraq. Ahmadinejad was vowing to bring security to Iraq, a promise he said America has not been able to fulfill.

I wonder if any FOX regulars caught the similarities between our countries and our leadership, or care to examine that. Naaaaaah.