President Barack Obama on Monday for the first time voiced concerns about the way Iran's election was conducted, though he fell short of calls from some democracy activists that he formally denounce the vote.
Mr. Obama said he was deeply troubled by the violence surrounding the election, but stressed it was up to the Iranian people to choose their leadership. He said he would maintain his policy of directly negotiating with Iran's leaders on its nuclear program, irrespective of the vote.
"It is up to Iranians to make decisions about who Iran's leaders will be. We respect Iranian sovereignty and want to avoid the United States being the issue inside of Iran," Mr. Obama said, after a meeting with Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi.
President Barack Obama proud of his Muslim roots.
Obama said, "What I would say to those people who put so much hope and energy and optimism into the political process , I would say to them that the world is watching and inspired by their participation, but the United States will do nothing. Any push by Mr. Obama to overtly support Iranian opposition candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi could make diplomatic talks more difficult, between the Obama administration and Mr. Ahmadinejad or Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
The message is a dramatic shift in tone from that of the Bush
administration, which included Iran, along with North Korea and Iraq,
in an "axis of evil." It also echoes Obama's inaugural speech, in which
he said to the Muslim world, "we seek a new way forward, based on
mutual interest and mutual respect."
Mutual Interest and mutual respect. Ahmadinejad quotes.
"They have invented a myth that Jews were massacred and place this above God, religions and the prophets."
"We ask the West to remove what they created sixty years ago and if they do not listen to our recommendations, then the Palestinian nation and other nations will eventually do this for them."
"The real Holocaust is what is happening in Palestine where the Zionists avail themselves of the fairy tale of Holocaust as blackmail and justification for killing children and women and making innocent people homeless."
"The West claims that more than six million Jews were killed in World War II and to compensate for that they established and support Israel. If it is true that the Jews were killed in Europe, why should Israel be established in the East, in Palestine?"
"Remove Israel before it is too late and save yourself from the fury of regional nations."
"The skirmishes in the occupied land are part of a war of destiny. The outcome of hundreds of years of war will be defined in Palestinian land. As the Imam said, Israel must be wiped off the map."
"[There is] no significant need for the United States."
"Could [9/11] be planned and executed without coordination with intelligence and security services - or their extensive infiltration? Of course this is just an educated guess. Why have the various aspects of the attacks been kept secret? Why are we not told who botched their responsibilities? And, why aren't those responsible and the guilty parties identified and put on trial?"
President Obama what do you have in mutual interest and mutual respect with Mr. Ahmadinejad? Can't say anything to Mr. Ahmadinejad but this is what he can say to Israel.
Ahead of his trip to the Middle East, President Obama is making clear that he won't budge an inch from his demand that the Israelis freeze all settlement construction, on both sides of the fence, and even in Jerusalem proper -- what Obama once called the undivided capital of Israel when he was still campaigning for president.
President what mutual interest and respect do you have with Israel?
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