On Monday the New York Times published a letter from the Iranian Prime Minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, which he penned specifically for the people of the United States of America. His reason for writing the letter was actually quite similar to the reason given by Republicans for writing a letter to the people of Iran over a month ago. Prime Minister Zarif wanted to assure Americans that Iran was moving forward with the Nuke deal in good faith.
What is interesting is that the New York Times was on the forefront of criticism when it came to berating the Republican Senators for their letter to Iran. But the hypocritical navel gazing liberals at the Times were more than happy to give the Iranian leader a platform to pronounce his country’s innocence and moral superiority…
All in all, the whole thing is kind of gross.
TEHRAN — WE made important progress in Switzerland earlier this month. With the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council plus Germany, we agreed on parameters to remove any doubt about the exclusively peaceful nature of Iran’s nuclear program and to lift international sanctions against Iran.
But to seal the anticipated nuclear deal, more political will is required. The Iranian people have shown their resolve by choosing to engage with dignity. It is time for the United States and its Western allies to make the choice between cooperation and confrontation, between negotiations and grandstanding, and between agreement and coercion.
With courageous leadership and the audacity to make the right decisions, we can and should put this manufactured crisis to rest and move on to much more important work. The wider Persian Gulf region is in turmoil. It is not a question of governments rising and falling: the social, cultural and religious fabrics of entire countries are being torn to shreds.
Endowed with a resilient population that has stood firm in the face of coercion while simultaneously showing the magnanimity to open new horizons of constructive engagement based on mutual respect, Iran has weathered the storms of instability caused by this mayhem. But we cannot be indifferent to the unfathomable destruction around us, because chaos does not recognize borders…
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