Saturday, January 27, 2007

How to build confidence in practice, 'Islamic Republic-style'

Davos, switzerland-The Middle East is experiencing a crisis of confidence, agreed Ahmed Mahmoud Nazif, Prime Minister of Egypt, and John F. Kerry, Senator from Massachusetts (Democrat), USA, in a plenary session on the future of the region. Solving this requires "great collaboration of all countries… we should build confidence in practice," said Mohammad Khatami, [former] president of the Islamic
Republic of Iran.

One step would be to heal ties between Washington and Tehran. "The relationship between Iran and the United States can be great for the region and the whole world ... Unfortunately we have a very big, huge wall of inconfidence," Khatami noted. "Still, the door to the negotiation is open," he added. Kerry called on President Bush to engage with Iran and Syria...

Kash-Meanwhile, Mr Khatami didn't say if defying the UN Security Council by installing 3,000 centrifuges, as Iran announced today, would be such a great idea to restore the confidence he preached about today. Of course the door to talks is open but, as The Onion wittily says, for Ahmadinejad and his masters to tell America and the free world how awsome it feels for them to soon have a functioning nuclear weapons program.

Good luck Mr Kerry and by the way, thanks for dropping out of the 2008 Presidential race!

P.S. In the second photo, is kerry signing an autograph for Khatami or giving him his email address, cell phone number or what?