The myth of Iran's 'isolation'
Washington Post / Charles Krauthammer
10-Jun-2010 (2 comments)

On Tuesday, one day before the president touted passage of a surpassingly weak U.N. resolution and declared Iran yet more isolated, the leaders of Russia, Turkey and Iran gathered at a security summit in Istanbul "in a display of regional power that appeared to be calculated to test the United States," as the New York Times put it. I would add: And calculated to demonstrate the hollowness of U.S. claims of Iranian isolation, to flaunt Iran's growing ties with Russia and quasi-alliance with Turkey, a NATO member no less.

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IRI is fuming. And Russia

by benross on

IRI is fuming. And Russia and Turkey and Brazil and China and others are letting some smoke out. It's a good thing.

But dear Shifteh, stupid observers will always be observers and will always be stupid!

Shifteh Ansari

Ridiculous assertion

by Shifteh Ansari on

The author says:

"Increasing isolation? In the past year alone, Ahmadinejad has been welcomed in Kabul, Istanbul, Copenhagen, Caracas, Brasilia, La Paz, Senegal, Gambia and Uganda. Today, he is in China."

"Welcomed?!!" This analyst obviously either knows little or closes his eyes on the "friendships" Mahmoud & Co. have been buying with Iranian people's money, many of them with poor or greedy "friends" where money does the talking, not a proper foreign policy plan, nor a "friendship" which would weather difficult times. And he obviously did not consult the list to see who all voted for sanctions against Iran at the UNSC yesterday.  He should do his research and see how many one-sided trade agreements Iran has with these "friends."  He should also check to see how much the poorer countries have received from the Islamic Republic of Iran. 

While he is doing that, he should look at all the aide Iran sent to Bosnia for years and note the fact that they were one of the countries voting for more sanctions against Iran.  Some "friendship."  While he is at it, he should also note that Uganda, the dubious honor of whose "friendship" Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is experiencing according to the author, also voted for the resolution for more sanctions on June 9.

So long as analysts like this out of touch author are writing analysis about Iran, things won't get much better than this; we will continue to see incomplete and inaccurate information and conclusions getting circulated about Iran. I really wish more Iranians who can write in English would start writing op-ed pieces for newspapers, setting some of these accounts straight.