Thursday, May 11, 2006

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's Commitment to 'Goodness'

While the Iranian letter to President Bush has definitely made the headlines, this does not seem to be dealt with much in the Western press:
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has been more than welcome in Indonesia as he will sign US$600m in investments in Indonesia's gas and oil sector.
The Iranian president said on this occasion that:
"The two countries are committed to using nuclear power for goodness," (Boston Globe)
Goodness? Is hat how you spell 'wiping out Israel'? I think there might be major problem on the definition of "goodness" here - especially if you consider it comes from a man who has openly vowed the destruction of Israel.

If you wonder what Ahmadinejad is doing in Indonesia (the largest muslim country in the world) well, he's only there for their support and for economic reases. He's also there for a D-8 Summit.
[The D-8 Summit is the Group of Eight Developing Muslim Countries which includes the Islamic Republic of Iran, Indonesia, Bangladesh, Egypt, Malaysia, Nigeria, Pakistan and Turkey. It was initiated by Turkey in 1997 and this is the 5th summit.]
I wonder why the media have been so quiet about it. After all they are likely to discuss the ongoing international crisis over Tehran's nuclear program, something that may affect the rest of us.


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