Iran's Ayatollah Khamenei in response to Obama and better ties with America- "should you change, our behavior will change too."Submitted by alwayssimon on Sat, 03/21/2009 - 09:17
TEHRAN, Iran – Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei dismissed overtures from President Barack Obama on Saturday, saying Tehran does not see any change in U.S. policy under its new administration.
Khamenei was responding to a video message Obama released Friday in which he reached out to Iran on the occasion of Nowruz, the Persian new year, and expressed hopes for an improvement in nearly 30 years of strained relations.
Khamenei holds the last word on major policy decisions, and how Iran ultimately responds to any concrete U.S. effort to engage the country will depend largely on his say.
In his most direct assessment of Obama and prospects for better ties, Khamenei said there will be no change between the two countries unless the American president puts an end to U.S. hostility toward Iran and brings "real changes" in foreign policy.
"They chant the slogan of change but no change is seen in practice. We haven't seen any change," Khamenei said in a speech before a crowd of tens of thousands in the northeastern holy city of Mashhad.
In his video message, Obama said the United States wants to engage Iran, but he also warned that a right place for Iran in the international community "cannot be reached through terror or arms, but rather through peaceful actions that demonstrate the true greatness of the Iranian people and civilization."
Khamenei asked how Obama could congratulate Iranians on the new year and accuse the country of supporting terrorism and seeking nuclear weapons in the same message.
Khamenei said there has been no change even in Obama's language compared to that of his predecessor.
"He (Obama) insulted the Islamic Republic of Iran from the first day. If you are right that change has come, where is that change? What is the sign of that change? Make it clear for us what has changed."
Still, Khamenei left the door open to better ties with America, saying "should you change, our behavior will change too."
Diplomatic ties between the U.S. and Iran were cut after the U.S. Embassy hostage-taking after the 1979 Islamic Revolution, which toppled the pro-U.S. shah and brought to power a government of Islamic clerics.
The United States cooperated with Iran in late 2001 and 2002 in the Afghanistan conflict, but the promising contacts fizzled — and were extinguished completely when Bush branded Tehran part of the "Axis of Evil."
Khamenei enumerated a long list of Iranian grievances against the United States over the past 30 years and said the U.S. was still interfering in Iranian affairs.
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They make no mention of America in 1953 overthrowing their democratic leader Mossedegh! Here is a little background (it's worth looking up):
In the early 1950's Iran's democratic leader Mossedegh made a large push to halt the British government's exploitation (stealing) of Iran's natural oil resources, thus giving back the profits Iranian people, however this did not sit well with the Brits. The straw that broke the camel's back came when Mossedegh chose to expel the British diplomats. Furious, the British turned to America and together created plans for a coup to rid themselves of Iranian leaders who opposed outside nation's pillaging their country. After a few set backs the coup eventually succeeded and Mossedegh was replaced with the pro-America Shah. To stifle any opposition our CIA trained a group to serve as their version of the FBI or KGB-- they were called the Savak. This Iranian secret police force killed & tortured any who were in opposition to the Shah.
Look it up.