May 22, 2010
There’s new advice for us coming from Tehran and from the Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. It certainly does deserve to be applied even if it did come from the head of the Iranian regime, as wisdom is the aim of the believer! Whilst the Iranian president was being received by the head of the National Assembly of Kuwait, Ahmadinejad said that Iran followed a path of logic and dialogue to solve issues and highlighted the necessity to solve all global issues through dialogue and logic. He further emphasized that the era of [achieving] change by resorting to threat and force is over, reported the Iranian news agency, IRNA.
The Iranian president is talking about “all global issues” needing to be solved through “dialogue and logic.” Let us then start with the Palestinian cause; why doesn’t Iran declare its support for the peace process and refrain from sowing seeds of division, conflict and strife among the Palestinians by supporting Hamas in the Gaza Strip and using it to enforce pressure to serve its own nuclear agenda and for expansion in the region?
Why doesn’t Ahmadinejad strive towards stopping Hezbollah’s ongoing rearmament process, which is in full swing and which might implicate Syria? And why doesn’t he ask his party in Beirut [Hezbollah] to sit at the inter-Lebanese dialogue table and prioritize the interest of the Lebanese state instead of serving Iranian interests? This would be in accordance with Ahmadinajad’s advice that calls for solving all global issues through dialogue and logic, especially as Hezbollah’s weapons have come to represent a sword hanging over the Lebanese and dominating decision-making in the Lebanese state which must engage in dialogue according to the logic for which Ahmadinejad is calling.
In addition to all of the above, Tehran must declare its blessing and support of the Syrian-Israeli negotiations based on Ahmadinejad’s advice that all global issues should be solved through dialogue and logic. As a result, it would ensure that the Syrians get back the Golan Heights so that Syria can devote itself to building itself and its economy and its people most importantly who deserve a great deal instead of [remaining in] the state of no war and no peace, which Syria is [currently] experiencing.
Have we forgotten about Iraq? Of course not! Why doesn’t Iran leave the Iraqis and their affairs alone [so that they] solve their problems through the dialogue and logic that Ahmadinejad calls for instead strengthening some Iraqi parties in Tehran against their Iraqi brothers? [Why doesn’t Iran] leave the fate of Iraq down to its people rather than making decisions in Tehran, especially as there are reports indicating that everyday the Iranian forces are advancing on Iraqi territory. This is what an American military figure openly stated recently!
It would be useful to mention an incident that occurred during Ahmadinejad’s visit to Iraq. It was said that the [Iranian] delegation wanted to meet some Iraqi academics but the Iraqis responded by saying that they do not have a list of names of Iraqi academics. Within a matter of hours they received a list of names of Iraqi academics and their details from the Iranian embassy in Baghdad!
Therefore, if Iran took the advice of its own president with regards to all [the cases mentioned] above, or just some of them, to solve the world’s problems through “dialogue and logic” then we, and the Iranians, would be in a much better state. But one cannot help but repeat the words of a famous Arab poet:
To the man who teaches others
Can you teach yourself?
You prescribe medicine to those who are sick and fatigued
In order to cure them whilst it is you who is sick!
Tariq Alhomayed is the Editor-in-Chief of Asharq Al-Awsat, the youngest person to be appointed that position.