I read this AM here of the Iranians 'asking' for direct talks with the USA, and we should not let them have the 'moral high ground' by not responding to the Ahmadinjead's call to Islam.
This is completely ignorant.
The president of the USA is not a religious leader, nor a moral leader (as recent past presidential history shows clearly). He is strictly a leader elected to prserver, protect and defend the Constitution.
The president should NEVER be in the position of getting into a stupid religious refutation with a racist ignoramus, who cannot make a distinction BETWEEN politics and religion. It's all one thing to him. What is Bush going to say ..'no thanks we officially reject your call to Islam, but lets' talk about your nukes?' or 'Muhammad really had an auditory nerve tumor, so forget it', or 'Jesus words makes muhammad the real shaitan?' or 'you are right, where can I say the Shahada?'
Those saying we should respond just DON'T get it.
"You know, two months ago nobody would believe that Mr. Khamenei and Mr. Ahmadinejad together would be trying to get George W. Bush to begin negotiations," said Saeed Laylaz, a former government official and prominent analyst in Tehran. "This is a sign of changing strategy. They realize the situation is dangerous and they should not waste time, that they should reach out."
Other notable Saeed Laylaz epithets -
“Our sales have more than quadrupled since 1996,” says Saeed Laylaz, assistant manager of sales and marketing for the country’s biggest car maker, Iran Khodro. “Somebody must have money to buy them.”
So why are Iranians complaining? For Laylaz, a supporter of moderate President Mohammad Khatami, popular gripes are a side effect of political reforms.
Flash for you dude ..Khatami (who said about Israel and the USA nothing different from what any of them have said anyway) is not only OUT but his ideas which came to nothing are CRUSHED by the Hojatieh in charge who have their way utterelay and are clearly supported by the Guardian Council, ie Khameinei.