Debka yesterday: “The Note intended for release is longer and couched in phrases designed for propaganda effect. Ahmadinejad complains that Iran is anxious for progress in the sciences but is constantly persecuted by the forces of ‘world arrogance’ (i.e. the US and the West).”
The Associated Press today:
The letter from President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad made only an oblique reference to Iran’s nuclear intentions, asking why “any technological and scientific achievement reached in the Middle East region is translated into and portrayed as a threat to the Zionist regime.”
Admittedly, the rhetoric wasn’t tough to predict.
As always in jihadist propaganda, there are plenty of left-wing talking points:
[I]t lambasted Bush for his handling of the Sept. 11 attacks, accused the media of spreading lies about the Iraq war and railed against the United States for its support of Israel. It questioned whether the world would be a different place if the money spent on Iraq had been spent to fight poverty.
“Would not your administration’s political and economic standing have been stronger?” the letter said. “And I am most sorry to say, would there have been an ever-increasing global hatred of the American government?
He also expressed his outrage at Richard Cohen calling Stephen Colbert “unfunny.”
Update: Reuters has excerpts. Jesus figures prominently.
Update: MEMRI’S Iran expert tells Spiegel, “Ahmadinejad isn’t bluffing.”
Update: Iranians are miffed that Bush hasn’t replied to a letter that accuses him, inter alia, of covering up 9/11.