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Obama promises new tack on Iran January 11, 2009

Posted by Some Muslim in Iran, Israel, News Commentry, USA.
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According to the BBC, Obama is promising a new tack on Iran once he begins his presidency on January 20th 2009:

President-elect Barack Obama says the US will take a new approach to dealings with Iran under his leadership.

Mr Obama said in a US TV interview screened on Sunday that “Iran is going to be one of our biggest challenges”.

He said he was concerned about Iran’s support for Lebanese Shia party Hezbollah and Tehran’s nuclear enrichment programme.

The incoming president told ABC’s This Week presenter George Stephanopoulos he would break away from President George W Bush’s policy on Iran and seek a much broader approach with the Islamic state.

“We are going to have to take a new approach. And I’ve outlined my belief that engagement is the place to start,” Mr Obama said.

Mr Obama, who won the US presidential election in November, takes office on 20 January.

In the interview, he promised “a new emphasis on respect and a new emphasis on being willing to talk, but also a clarity about what our bottom lines are.”

He added he believed his administration would “move swiftly” in its new approach with Tehran.

Mr Obama had earlier said there should be no pre-conditions in discussions with the Iranian leadership.

“Iran is going to be one of our biggest challenges and as I said during the campaign we have a situation in which not only is Iran exporting terrorism through Hamas, through Hezbollah but they are pursuing a nuclear weapon that could potentially trigger a nuclear arms race,” Mr Obama said.

I’m amazed and disappointed that president-elect Obama feels compelled to speak about Iran and say they are exporting terrorism, while failing to say anything about Israel’s terrorist actions against the Palestinians, and their on-going violence against Gaza.

However, he does say:

“What I am doing right now is putting together the team so that on 20 January, starting on day one, we have the best possible people who are going to be immediately engaged in the Middle East peace process as a whole,” Mr Obama said.

Let’s hope this team has some people who have the common sense to speak out against injustice and inhumanity, and hold Israel accountable for its war crimes against Palestine.

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