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Iran’s Letter to President Bush

A few weeks ago, Iranian President Mahmood Ahmadi-Najad sent a letter to President Bush as the latest in the continuing political struggle over Iran’s attempt to obtain nuclear capability. Mr. Ahmadi-Najad’s vitriol towards the West, America and Israel in particular has been well chronicled since his ascendancy to the Presidency of Iraq last year. Additionally, his cultural animosity to the Jews combined with his belligerency towards the Jewish state, has significantly raised the stakes in this increasingly tense political standoff with nuclear overtones.

Given this backdrop, it is very easy to dismiss this letter to President Bush, as nothing more than a calculated political stunt aimed at manipulating gullible world opinion in advance of the military stand-offs that are likely to come. This may very well end up being the case, however, as I was had the opportunity to read a transcript of Mr. Ahmadi-Najad letter, I was struck by the occasional scriptural prose of the document, and how much closer to biblical theology the rhetoric appeared, despite ultimately falling completely short of God’s true mark because of the letter’s ultimate denial of Jesus Christ as the Son of God, who was slain for the sins of the world.

Mr President,
According to divine verses, we have all been called upon to worship one God and follow the teachings of divine prophets. “To worship a God which is above all powers in the world and can do all He pleases.” “The Lord which knows that which is hidden and visible, the past and the future, knows what goes on in the Hearts of His servants and records their deeds.”
- Mahmood Ahmadi-Najad
In spiritual content however, much of the letter’s spiritual rhetoric is quite valid and well stated.

“The Lord who is the possessor of the heavens and the earth and all universe is His court” “planning for the universe is done by His hands, and gives His servants the glad tidings of mercy and forgiveness of sins”. “He is the companion of the oppressed and the enemy of oppressors”. “He is the Compassionate, the Merciful”. “He is the recourse of the faithful and guides them towards the light from darkness”. “He is witness to the actions of His servants”, “He calls on servants to be faithful and do good deeds, and asks them to stay on the path of righteousness and remain steadfast”. - Mahmood Ahmadi-Najad

Can you imagine the outcry if an American or British politician had authored such a statement (regardless of the intended audience)?

The irony to me, is that it would be left to an apparent despot like Mr. Ahmadi-Najad to willingly wrap himself in such spiritual prose, while the erstwhile political leaders of the West cowardly avoid any accommodations of such language, supposedly as befitting leaders of “greater sensibilities”. As a result, what you are left with are maniacal Muslim leaders who appear more willing and perhaps capable of capturing some Godly truth while simultaneously perverting God’s true purposes. On the other hand in America and virtually all of the West, you have “professional” politicians who scurry about “tail between their legs” not daring to utter the name of Jesus in public for fear of alienating their voters. Yet, you can be sure that when the inevitable clash comes between Iran and the West, you are sure to hear these same hypocritical Western leaders rhetorically raising the virtue of their godly duty as a basis to resist Mr. Ahmadi-Najad’s aggression. For those who love our Lord Jesus Christ, what a choice to choose from.

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