So I’ve actually read the Iranian Letter for myself.
This ain’t good, people.
The Iranian president does three things: he challenges George Bush’s legitimacy in claiming Christianity (and thus to be a Person of the Book), he lists a littany of grievances, and challenges George Bush to address them. That, in short, is a prelude to war.
He finds himself in a tough, spot, though. He is justified in his mind, but he wants to be the Caliph (if not the 12th Imam) and therefore wants a rock-solid justification for war. He is well aware that the most universal justification for war in Islam is self-defense, so he desperately wants to provoke the US into attacking Iran (and openly pursuing nuclear weapons seems to be a winner.)
So what does he do? He sets it up so that he has an obligation to attack the United States if we “ignore his warnings.”
And why should ye not fight in the cause of Allah and of those who, being weak, are ill-treated (and oppressed)?- Men, women, and children, whose cry is: “Our Lord! Rescue us from this town, whose people are oppressors; and raise for us from thee one who will protect; and raise for us from thee one who will help!”
Those who believe fight in the cause of Allah, and those who reject Faith Fight in the cause of Evil: So fight ye against the friends of Satan: feeble indeed is the cunning of Satan.
He lists his alleged crimes by George Bush and the US plainly:
- Destruction in Iraq under (he claims) false pretenses
- Mistreatment of prisoners in GitMo
- Secret prisons in Europe
- Cooperation is Israeli persecution and theft in Israel
- Betrayal of democracy in refusing to support Hamas
- Attempting to hold back scientific progress (in making bombs) in the Middle East
- Supporting Latin American dictators
- Failing to assist Africa
- Various crimes against the Iraninan government
- Failing to put enough blame on America for 9/11
- Failing to prevent 9/11
- Failing to respect God.
Grim is right — this isn’t a friendly letter — this is the Iranian declaration of independance. This is the justification for dropping a nuke on American and Israeli soil when we (or Israel) attack the Iranian research sites.