[I gather that while the latest reports indicate that we are losing it in Afghanistan, the Iranians are consolidating their relationships with the other Muslim countries in the Middle East.  Bush & Co. seem to have blown it entirely.  They have mired us in a hopeless and massively costly mess in Iraq.  The other axes of evil look to be prospering at our expense — quite literally.  Our economy is in a mess.  The public has got the picture per the sinking Bush approval ratings.  But where are the loud voices — politicians and media — calling things as they are?  One gets better reporting from Iran per the following. Ed Kent]



Iran warns against Islamophobia
Thu, 31 Jan 2008 10:15:11
Iran’s Majlis Speaker, Gholam-Ali Haddad-Adel
Iran’s Majlis speaker has called the West’s Islamophobia the greatest challenge of the present time, urging greater unity among Muslims.

Speaking at the Fifth Inter-parliamentary Union of the Islamic Countries meeting in Cairo on Wednesday, Gholam-Ali Haddad-Adel said there have been efforts to project an ‘inhumane’ image of Muslims to the world although Muslims have themselves been the victims of terrorism for many years.

“We should make every effort so that the Inter-parliamentary Union of the Islamic Countries plays a more active role in the Islamic world. Further cooperation between the union and the Organization of the Islamic Conference will lay the ground for more interaction among Islamic parliaments and governments.”

He also warned Islamic countries against ‘division’ and called for talks between Muslim thinkers and intellectuals of other religions to counter false accusations against Islam.

Haddad-Adel also denounced Israel’s blockade of Gaza and condemned the silence of international bodies on the Zionist regime’s attacks.

Turning to Iran’s nuclear program, he said his country is fully cooperating with the International Atomic Energy Agency and that no dark point remains about Tehran’s nuclear case.

He said the hue and cry about Iran’s nuclear program is surprising as Israel possesses nuclear warheads and refuses to join the Non-Proliferation Treaty.

“A war is just if there is no alternative, and the resort to arms is legitimate if they represent your last hope.” (Livy cited by Machiavelli)

Ed Kent  212-665-8535 (voice mail only) [blind copies]

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