Gore, Kharrazi to the UN: The Healing Has Begun September 20, 2006Posted by chuckwh in News and politics.
Iranian President Kamal Kharrazi wound up his lengthy, historic trip to the U.S. today with a rousing speech to the U.N., where both he and Al Gore spoke of “healing and renewal”. But it was Kharrazi who dropped the bomb, announcing to the world body the establishment of formal diplomatic relations with the United States.
I have a good Iranian friend where I work who has been waiting for this day for a long time. I think I’ll take him out for a beer tomorrow to celebrate.
In the meantime, it’s safe to assume the Republicans will jump all over Gore during the upcoming congressional elections, and accuse him of being weak-kneed, especially in light of recent revelations that Iran may be pursuing nuclear weapons. But it’s the Gore Administration’s careful handling of the reformist movement’s recent gains in Iranian politics that have helped make this happen. Gore, under Secretary of State Colin Powell, kept Iran at arm’s length for some time, presumably because the U.S. was nervous that demonstrative support of reformists could have a backlash effect and prompt the mullahs to find ways to restrain the movement.
Most people by now know that even the mullahs have calmed their anti-U.S. rhetoric since Gore poured billions into earthquake relief after the devastating 2003 Bam earthquake.