Ahmadinejad isn’t going to New York

According to this, Ahmadinejad has ben forced to cancel his trip to the UN headquarters in New York due to some bureaucratic difficulties, which might have been placed deliberately to prevent Ahmadinejad’s trip.

This is an unfortunate turn of events, as it might have been a good opportunity to hear Ahmadinejad’s side of the story before the members of the Security Council voted on new sanctions being imposed on Iran. Even though all members, with the exception of South Africa, were pretty much determined to halt Iran’s development of weapons-grade plutonium, it is important to maintain a dialogue with all parties regardless of the circumstances. To date, Bush has refused any contact with the Iranian Premier until he has assurances that the nuclear program has been halted; however, not to have any kind of dialogue with an adversary is just plain bad politics.

Whatever the reason for cancellation of the trip, I ought to say that I’m rather happy that the trip was cancelled. I think Ahmadinejad was quite unlikely to influence the Security Council’s decision, and would only help add to the media campaign against Iran by coming up with more provocative and useless statements.

Iran’s foreign minister is likely to make it to the Security Council session in time.

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2 responses to “Ahmadinejad isn’t going to New York

  1. I don’t know why he( Ahmadinejad ) would want to come talk at the UN anyway; he says its resolutions are nothing but torn paper and they have no right to tell him or Iran what to do. He has said he wants to wipe a UN country off of the map and now he wants to talk to the UN. The whole world except for Cuba, Venezuela, Syria, and Belarus has branded Iran as an international rogue because of his over-the-top rhetoric. He does not want to change or help solve this problem, so just stay home.

  2. Did you see the Newsweek article about Khameinei? It provides the reason that Ahmadinejad did not go to NY.

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