Iranian President Visits U.S. September 8, 2006Posted by chuckwh in News and politics.
I told myself I was going to try to limit political posts while on vacation, but this is a pretty historic moment as Kamal Kharrazi, President of Iran, visits the United States today in the first visit from an Iranian leader since the Shah was deposed. Technically, of course, the visit is part of a summit between Kharazi, Iraqi President Ahmed Chalabi and U.S. President Al Gore to help build economic ties between Iran and Iraq. Gore has gone on record as saying it isn’t yet time to restore diplomatic relations with Iran, and Iran’s ayatollahs still call us the devil even as their people start to cry out for greater ties to the US. So it’s clear why the meeting was set up under the pretenses of the growing economic relationship between Iran and Iraq.
Still, the possibilities are interesting.
It reminds me a little of detente.
For one thing, Iraq, in the few short years since Saddam was deposed, is becoming a money machine, despite some substantial unrest in Bagdhad’s Al Thawra neighborhood in recent months. As I understand it, even though that part of the city is largely Shi’a, basic services are still not established. It would be good to hear from someone in that area. Not many bloggers seem to be reporting from Al Thawra, which is sort of the opposite of how things normally work in blogger land.
Maybe I’ll do a call for stringers, so we can see how the various parts of the world are faring under The Gore Years.
Yeah, that’s what I’ll do.