Saturday, February 12, 2005

Here is why I respect Bill Clinton.

Main stream news media is US are not interested in most of these stuff, but if they really want to tell American people about the roots of terrorism, they should at least report what their own President said. We should do our part to make sure more Americans read this. Clinton in an extensive interview in Davos Switzerland a few weeks ago said:
"Clinton: ... Iran's a whole different kettle of fish—but it's a sad story that really began in the 1950s when the United States deposed Mr. Mossadegh, who was an elected parliamentary democrat, and brought the Shah back in—[comments in background—Rose says "CIA"] and then he was overturned by the Ayatollah Khomeini, driving us into the arms of one Saddam Hussein. Most of the terrible things Saddam Hussein did in the 1980s he did with the full, knowing support of the United States government, because he was in Iran, and Iran was what it was because we got rid of the parliamentary democracy back in the '50s; at least, that is my belief. I know it is not popular for an American ever to say anything like this, but I think it's true [applause], and I apologized when President Khatami was elected. I publicly acknowledged that the United States had actively overthrown Mossadegh and I apologized for it, and I hope that we could have some rapprochement with Iran. I think basically the Europeans' initiative to Iran to try to figure out a way to defuse the nuclear crisis is a good one.

You can see the full interview here. He is the first president to ever acknowledge and apologize for 1953 Coup Deta, And what a loss in the side of Iran that missed the great opportunity of March 2000 to normalize relationship with U.S. It was such a big mistake that President Khatami also publicly expressed his regret that he was not allowed by the supreme leader and right wing clerics to respond to that move by U.S back then. Here is the Persian version of the news.