Sorry. But my biggest pet peeve is having to search online for hours just to find the original transcript of a letter that all the American press has decided it “their duty” to decipher for me.
If you too prefer to read, understand, and interpret for yourself, then I’ve (finally) found (a) transcript of the letter from Iran’s President Mahmood Ahmadi-Najad President to Mr. Bush. (The link, to a French website, is included after the excerpt below):
“Mr President, History tells us that repressive and cruel governments do not survive. God has entrusted The fate of man to them. The Almighty has not left the universe and humanity to their own devices. Many things have happened contrary to the wishes and plans of governments. These tell us that there is a higher power at work and all events are determined by Him.
Can one deny the signs of change in the world today? Is this situation of the world today comparable to that of ten years ago? Changes happen fast and come at a furious pace. The people of the world are not happy with the status quo and pay little heed to the promises and comments made by a number of influential world leaders. Many people around the world feel insecure and oppose the spreading of insecurity and war and do not approve of and accept dubious policies. The people are protesting the increasing gap between the haves and the have-nots and the rich and poor countries.
The people are disgusted with increasing corruption. The people of many countries are angry about the attacks on their cultural foundations and the disintegration of families. They are equally dismayed with the fading of care and compassion. The people of the world have no faith in international organisations, because their rights are not advocated by these organisations.
Liberalism and Western style democracy have not been able to help realize the ideals of humanity. Today these two concepts have failed. Those with insight can already hear the sounds of the shattering and fall of the ideology and thoughts of the liberal democratic systems.”
La lettre de Mahmoud Ahmadinejad Ã George W. Bush
LEMONDE.FR | 09.05.06 | 19h27 Â? Mis Ã jour le 09.05.06 | 19h30