Larijani’s Speech at Munich Conference

Please read the entire speech in English if you can. As I said before, Iran is taking a far more pragmatic approach to foreign policy. Unfortunately, the U.S. is doing quite the opposite. It seems that Iranians know they should not do anything stupid, so they’re getting Ahmadinejad to shut up, and getting smart:

It is a good idea to realize Iran form the western Iranologist perspective. Professor Fragner, the influential Austrian Iranologist said about Iran: “If we ask Germans how powerful Germany is, they will say the power of Germany is to the extend that German tanks can go. If you ask French how powerful is France they will say it is to the extend that their guns can fire and if you ask the Arabs that how powerful you are they will say to the extend that our swords can kill. But it is different about Iranians. Iranians never call themselves as Iran Empire or terms like these. They always talk about Iran’s sphere of power. Sphere of power means to the extend that minds and thoughts can work.“
It is what a western Iranologist say. Iran believes in rationality and constructive interaction in International Relations but never ignores its independence.

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6 responses to “Larijani’s Speech at Munich Conference

  1. I would like to comment on what you said about “getting Ahmadinejad to shut up”. As an American I have found Ahmadinejad’s remarks to be bold and enlightening, not like the spin and lies that come from the mouths of American politicians. I would rather there were more like him, speaking from deep conviction instead of parroting the party line of the international bankers.

    In 1980 I supported Ronald Reagan for American president, hoping he would bomb Iran in retaliation for the hostage crisis. I was ignorant of the complex history of America’s involvement in that region, and the harm Zionism has brought to the Middle East.

    Needless to say, things have changed since those times and I sincerely wish the West would leave Iran in peace, but I know this is not going to happen. Iran is going to be bombed until she capitulates to the West, forced to give up her nuclear program and sovereignty, forced to adopt a weak, secular democracy and the ownership of foreign capitalism.

    I don’t really think this will come out like the American cabal thinks, however. Iran is a proud nation, and if she is bombed the situation may spiral out of control, with grave consequences for the world.

  2. Thanks for your comment, Jeff.
    I would like to say that what Ahmadinejad thinks about Israel or the Holocaust is comepletely irrelevant to Iranians’ lives. Iranians are way past caring about such things. A politician’s job is to protect the interests of the people who voted for him. That kind of view is becoming increasingly predominant among Iranian politicians. Ahmadinejad is an oddball. His views on Israel and the West were very rarely mentioned in his presidential campaign, are outdated, and do not represent the predominant view among Iranians (i.e. I don’t care much about Israel; what was the Holocaust again?)
    Ahmadinejad is doing a lot of harm to Iran, and that’s why he must be and is being forced to shut up.

  3. I think Ahmadinejad recognizes the serious threat Israel poses to Iran. I believe he also recognizes that the Holocaust has taken on mythical proportions, and is used to justify Zionist expansion in that region. These issues do impact very seriously on Iran, as they do on America and the rest of the world. However, America and Israel’s long term objectives for regime change in Iran have existed long before Ahmadinejad came on the scene. His timely comments are twisted and misrepresented in the Western media to stir up support for military action — action that has been in the planning stages for a long time.

    It may be true that Ahmadinejad is viewed as an oddball to many Iranians, especially of the younger generation who grew up after 1979. They want the “freedom” they think people in the western countries have, with abundant materialism. I agree that Ahmadinejad’s comments have not been helpful in that direction, since the Israel and the money powers are offended by him.

    But western “freedoms” and prosperity are illusory, and there is a big cost in the long run for all who join this system — both individually and nationally. Iran became free in 1979 and now the money powers are arrayed against her to bring her back under hegemony. This is what the issues come down to, not Ahmadinejad’s remarks about the Holocaust.

  4. I have one more thing to add, if I may. When I was in school I had an Iranian roommate who told me what SAVAK would do to the people. SAVAK was trained and equipped by American intelligence to keep the Shah in power. “Freedom” is only for those who serve the interests of the western money powers.

  5. Yup!

    Nice to meet you!

    Please feel free to drop by and comment.

  6. Hi Jeff

    As the second generation of Iranians after 1978 revolution, I’ve got a question?
    How many people in the world (Or in your country)do you think they think and see the problem (Iran) like you?

    I remember when J.W.Bosh became the US president for the second time we had a long discussion about the American people ‘s election in my university. Honestly it was disappointing and interestingly, they have recently electted Mr Obama, What is wrong with them!!!!!

    Is there any justification behind it? or we, Iranians youngster, expect Americans too much . They like many Iranians participate in election even they know the nominee.

    Sorry if my english is not good.


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