Iranians Fault Rice’s Dismissal of Letter
May 9, 8:26 PM (ET)
By ALI AKBAR DAREINI

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) – Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice’s abrupt dismissal of a letter from Iran’s president might only strengthen hardline attitudes and mistrust of America, some Iranians warned Tuesday.

As President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad began a high-profile visit to a key Muslim country, Indonesia, a former top Iranian official said Rice’s response will give new justification to those who oppose ties with the U.S.

Iran’s former ambassador to France, Sadeq Kharrazi, said the letter – the first from an Iranian head of state to an American president in 27 years – “could have been a turning point in relations.” But he said Rice squandered the opportunity with what he called a “hasty reaction.”

“This gives a pretext to those in Iran who oppose re-establishment of ties with America,” he said.

Ahmadinejad’s 18-page letter to President Bush touched only indirectly on the hottest dispute between the two countries – Iran’s nuclear program.  Instead, it focuses on a long list of grievances against the United States and seeks to build on a shared faith in God to resolve them.

Personally, I don’t think that in this case, Rice was being hasty or abrupt in dismissing this letter.  Iran and other middle east nations have had a long standing desire to do nothing but damage to non-muslim nations in general and Israel and America in particular.

They hate Israel because they always have and always will.  They hate the USA because we have always been supporters of Israel and God willing, always will be

One has only to read Exekiel 38 and 39 to know the future of Iran and those who would ally with them. Things are falling into place for those prophecies to be fulfilled. It’s not a pretty picture.

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