Saturday September 29, 2007
Red carpets, brass bands, bear hugs and a hero's welcome: there is at least one part of the Americas that loves Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
South America this week greeted the Iranian president as a brother and benefactor, defrosting him after his icy reception in New York. The leaders of Bolivia and Venezuela embraced Mr Ahmadinejad and blessed Iran's nuclear programme, underlining how much influence Washington has lost over a region it once considered its backyard.
The Iranian president signed a series of energy and trade deals during brief stopovers which extended Tehran's foothold in South America. In contrast to the insults heaped on him in New York, the visitor was feted as a strategic ally in the struggle against gringo imperialism. Cuba and Nicaragua echoed the rhetoric.
See complete article at http://www.guardian.co.uk/iran/story/0,,2179722,00.html
There hasn't been any mentions in American media (even by the politcal left) of the past crimes of the United States against Iran.
The United States had toppled the democratically elected government of Mossadegh in 1953 and put in his place the puppet Shah. (See this book review of All The Shah’s Men: An American Coup and the Roots of Middle East Terror
During the Iran-Iraq war the United States sold weapons and gave false intelligence to both sides of the conflict. (see
http://www.zmag.org/content/showarticle.cfm?SectionID=15&ItemID=2292 ) Nobel Peace Prize winner Henry Kissinger had said about the war, too bad both sides can't lose.
While the American media scolds Ahmadinejad for supposedly denying the Holocaust, you have Americans in denial of the genocide in Iraq.
The United States had helped Saddam Hussein into power (see http://www.hartford-hwp.com/archives/51/217.html ) and supported him, strategically and financially, when he was committing his worst atrocities.
Through two invasions, sanctions, and use of chemical weapons, millions of Iraqis have died and millions of Iraqis have fled their homes.