I read about Iran's comments in the papers, but I didn't really add much importance to it. The countries have been at eachothers throats for years, knowing their history, and Iran's constant insistance that it only has nuclear power for non violent purposes. I'd written a paper in college about how the US and Iran have had a terrible foreign policy because of a series of misgivings. I'm simplifying it right now, but anyway after learning of all the chaos around the comments- the leaders denouncing it et al, I read this on the BBC website:
Added: Friday, 28 October, 2005, 11:15 GMT 12:15 UK
These comments from a democratically elected leader are causing outrage. I am not so sure why as they are representative of the feelings of frustration and anger generated in the Muslim world by the actions and inactions of the west. It just shows how unaware western leaders are of Muslim attitudes. This comment should not be so surprising. Just imagine how Syrians, Iranians, Iraqis, North Koreans etc feel when Bush makes similar remarks.
Anand Reddy, London
The West does seem to forget the passion and hatred that has engulfed the middle east for decades, looking at it from one point of view- theirs. I hope more people can keep an objective mind.
Delhi was bombed today as well. Diwali is coming up and the shops were busy. No one has taken responsibilty. I hope these attacks had nothing to do with our recent nuclear power deal with the US. Pakistan is in too much of a bad place to be involved, and I doubt they'd hit Delhi. Even they aren't that crazy.