Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Whither Iran?

Well, today new Secretary of State Hillary Clinton tries to talk nice to them:

"President Barack Obama's intent to change the direction of U.S. foreign policy gives Iran a "clear opportunity" to engage more productively on its nuclear program and other issues, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said Tuesday."

But meanwhile, are we sure that the Iranians are ready to moderate their policies and make nice?
See what a top Iranian spokesman said today:

"The Holocaust is a concept coming from a big lie in order to settle a rootless regime in the heart of the Islamic world," Gholam Hossein Elham told a conference on Gaza in central Iran's religious city of Qom. Iran's government spokesman on Tuesday branded the Holocaust a "big lie" created to place the Islamic republic's arch-foe Israel in the Middle East, the state IRNA news agency reported."

Hillary Clinton during the 2008 campaign suggested that it was "naive" to be too anxious to talk, without preconditions, to Iran. Maybe she ought to revisit that thinking...