Khamenei hails Obama attitude to Iran

2012-03-08 21:51

Tehran - Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has welcomed comments by US President Barack Obama dampening talk of military operations against Iran over its nuclear programme, the Iranian state news agency IRNA said on Thursday.

"We heard two days ago that the US president said that [they] are not thinking about war with Iran. These words are good words and an exit from delusion," Khamenei was quoted by IRNA as saying.

It is rare for Iran's most powerful figure to praise the US leader. But Khamenei added that Obama had also spoken about bringing "the Iranian people to their knees through sanctions. This part of his comments shows that the illusion continues".

On Tuesday, Obama said there was a "window of opportunity" to use diplomacy to resolve issues about Iran's nuclear programme and that it was in everyone's interest to see if they can be resolved in a peaceful fashion.

The US and the European Union have imposed tough economic sanctions against the Islamic Republic over its determination to continuing enriching uranium which they believe is part of a programme to develop nuclear weapons. Iran maintains its activities are purely for energy and research needs.

The United States and Israel have threatened Iran with military strikes to prevent the Shi'ite theocracy gaining control of nuclear weapons.

  • Jaba - 2012-03-09 07:44

    In 1939 Britain and France pursued a policy of appeasement in the hope that Hitler would not drag Europe into another world war. Let’s hope the Ayatollahs are telling the truth and are not planning to build a nuclear bomb or else Obama’s appeasement policy will see a similar ending as in WW2, ie 42 million dead. Instead of a quick in & out operation to destroy the nuclear sites with maybe 50 dead – the world will see a Middle East with 200 million dead people and a radio active ground that will make even the Hajj impossible for two millennia. But this is the worst case scenario. Come on people let’s be optimistic… with our lives

      Fred - 2012-03-09 07:46

      Yes. Thankfully Israeli's remember WW2 well. They won't go too far down the appeasement road, if at all.

  • Jaba - 2012-03-09 07:54

    And now a quick history lesson for all the ‘leftists’ who have forgotten how history has a nauseating obsession to repeat itself. Neville Chamberlain: “First of all I must say something to those who have written to my wife or myself in these last weeks to tell us of their gratitude for my efforts and to assure us of their prayers for my success. Most of these letters have come from women -- mothers or sisters of our own countrymen. But there are countless others besides -- from France, from Belgium, from Italy, even from Germany, and it has been heartbreaking to read of the growing anxiety they reveal and their intense relief when they thought, too soon, that the danger of war was past.

      Jaba - 2012-03-09 07:55

      If I felt my responsibility heavy before, to read such letters has made it seem almost overwhelming. How horrible, fantastic, incredible it is that we should be digging trenches and trying on gas masks here because of a quarrel in a far-away country between people of whom we know nothing. It seems still more impossible that a quarrel which has already been settled in principle should be the subject of war. I can well understand the reasons why the Czech Government have felt unable to accept the terms which have been put before them in the German memorandum. Yet I believe after my talks with Herr Hitler that, if only time were allowed, it ought to be possible for the arrangements for transferring the territory that the Czech Government has agreed to give to Germany to be settled by agreement under conditions which would assure fair treatment to the population concerned. . . ."

      Jaba - 2012-03-09 07:58

      "Since I first went to Berchtesgaden more than 20,0000 letters and telegrams have come to No. 10, Downing Street. Of course, I have been able to look at a tiny fraction of them, but I have seen enough to know that the people who wrote did not feel that they had such a cause for which to fight, if they were asked to go to war in order that the Sudeten Germans might not join the Reich. That is how they are feeling. That is my answer to those who say that we should have told Germany weeks ago that, if her army crossed the border of Czechoslovakia, we should be at war with her. We had no treaty obligations and no legal obligations to Czechoslovakia and if we had said that, we feel that we should have received no support from the people of this country. . . ."

      Jaba - 2012-03-09 08:00

      When we were convinced, as we became convinced, that nothing any longer would keep the Sudetenland within the Czechoslovakian State, we urged the Czech Government as strongly as we could to agree to the cession of territory, and to agree promptly. The Czech Government, through the wisdom and courage of President Benes, accepted the advice of the French Government and ourselves. It was a hard decision for anyone who loved his country to take, but to accuse us of having by that advice betrayed the Czechoslovakian State is simply preposterous. What we did was to save her from annihilation and give her a chance of new life as a new State, which involves the loss of territory and fortifications, but may perhaps enable her to enjoy in the future and develop a national existence under a neutrality and security comparable to that which we see in Switzerland to-day. Therefore, I think the Government deserve the approval of this House for their conduct of affairs in this recent crisis which has saved Czechoslovakia (Israel) from destruction and Europe (Middle East) from Armageddon.

      Jaba - 2012-03-09 08:12

      Appeasement ~ WWII = Civilians killed totalled from 40 to 52 million, including 13 to 20 million from war-related disease and famine. Total military dead: from 22 to 25 million, including deaths in captivity of about 5 million prisoners. Obama does have better advise today – however, it seems the people have forgotten.. first its nuclear power, then nuclear fuel, then nuclear research (ie for cancer) then enriching uranium. Then the Bomb… then

      Boaz - 2012-03-09 10:13

      I have heard term appeasement used – never fully understanding the history behind it. I hope Iran changes course in time to avoid either a pre-emptive strike or the highest price of all. The questions to be asked: Can Israel attack Iran and how successful would an Israeli attack be? An attack by the United States would of course be more comprehensive, as the U.S. has a much larger air force, number of planes, bombs, etc., but the fact is the U.S. does not have the fortitude to do what is right, and remove the Iranian nuclear threat once and for all. Unfortunately, the US is being led by a pacifist at best, and a fundamentalist-apologist at worst. Israel is the west's only hope – and the west doesn’t even know it.

  • poaul - 2012-03-09 08:43

    A religious fanatic referring to "delusion". Now that's rich!

      Fred - 2012-03-09 09:02


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