September 10, 2006


Khatemi's Words Anger Tehran (, September 10, 2006)

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmedinajad has recently aroused world controversy with his statements opposing Israeli and denying the Holocaust. However, the populist leader is mostly opposed in his own country. [...]

Paying a visit the U.S. to make statements at several conferences upon the invitation of American Muslims, Khatemi goes on criticizing the current Iranian administration’s position. In a statement to Time Magazine, the former president called the Jewish holocaust a historical fact: “I personally believe that he really didn't deny the existence of the Holocaust. I believe the Holocaust was the crime of Nazism. But it is possible that the Holocaust, which is an absolute fact, a historical fact, can be misused. The Holocaust should not be, in any way, an excuse for the suppression of Palestinian rights.” [...]

Known as being a reformist president, Khatemi in his weekly statements defined the U.S. as “a great country with its people, huge capacity and potential,” contradicting Ahmedinajad’s harsh definition of the U.S. as “The Great Satan.”

Khatemi’s other striking statement was that Iran backed Palestine living close with Israel.

No one understands better than Mr. Khatemi what it means for Ahmedinejad not to have the support of Ayatollah Khamenei.

Posted by Orrin Judd at September 10, 2006 10:22 AM


How do we Americans distinguish between a) an opportunity to divide and negotiate with a 'rationalized' Iran...

and b) a simple case of good cop/bad cop.

Posted by: Bruno at September 10, 2006 12:11 PM

What's the difference? Ignore the bad cop and love bomb the good cop and you split them.

Posted by: oj at September 10, 2006 12:18 PM

OJ, I don't know if you read Paul Gigot's interview with W on OpinionJournal, but W appeared to have been very interested in what Khatami had to say. And he wasn't backing down from issuing the visa.

Posted by: Brad S at September 10, 2006 12:46 PM


A fair enough viewpoint, I agree.

I guess my biggest worry is the US Foregn policy apparatus' (Pres, Admin, State, etc etc) history of being able to screw virtually anything up.

If it were not for "Providence," our incompetence would have cost us our nation long ago.

Posted by: Bruno at September 10, 2006 1:15 PM

Of course they'll screw it up, but we don't matter in the Islamic long run.

Posted by: oj at September 10, 2006 1:17 PM

Khatami pulled a Carter, he had the opportunity to take the mullahs down and didn't cos he didn't want to split the country.......

Posted by: Sandy P at September 10, 2006 7:52 PM

The mullahs are the power.

Posted by: oj at September 10, 2006 9:05 PM