May 09, 2006
I don't know how many people have read Ahmadinejad's letter, but I've had trouble finding a transcript and happened upon one while reading Le Monde this morning.
It's an odd piece of propaganda. As you read, note how Ahmadinejad essentially equates the 'Arab street' with the anti-Bush left while hinting at all sorts of Chomskyan devilry. One gets the sense early on that he cites Jesus mockingly, in the way that people sometimes do when they chide a Christian for some petty ethical slip: 'What would Jesus do?' He equates the West's opposition to nuclear development with opposition to science in the Middle Ages, which will conjure for most Western readers a dig at Christianity. But he also questions Bush's commitment to the principles of liberal democracy. Then there's the carefully guarded suggestion that the U.S. intelligence community was responsible for 9-11, which Ahmadinejad calls 'an educated guess.'
Most significant, however, is the end, where Ahmadinejad actually asks Bush to abandon liberal democracy as a failed approach to government and to return to the prophets, including Jesus. The letter is ostensibly a call to fundamentalist theocracy.
I've converted Le Monde's PDF to HTML for our readers, and the full body of the letter will continue in the extended entry.
UPDATE: In the comments below, Darleen has pointed us toward another translation posted by James Lileks which is also a must-read. I think that even if it isn't quite 'true,' it's at least 'accurate.'
Mr George Bush,
posted by Dennis on 05.09.06 at 08:22 AM
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