Thursday, January 29, 2009

Okay, Obama: Bin Laden, Chavez, Zawahari... And Now Ahmadinejad

For the past few months, some radical rascal or another: Bin Laden, Chavez, Zawahari... and now Ahmadinejad, has been publicly threatening or trying to provoke this newly installed leader of the free world, President Obama, with challenging words. But so far, the 44th President has remained cool, calm and collected. However, this most recent verbal affront by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad toward Obama is getting close to stepping over the line.

Without calling President Barack Obama by name, Ahmadinejad called for an "apology" to Iran by our new American leader:
"Those who say they want to make change, this is the change they should make: they should apologize to the Iranian nation and try to make up for their dark background and the crimes they have committed against the Iranian nation," Ahmadinejad said.
Now come on! President Ahmadinejad never fronted President George Bush off like that in the international media. For the Iranian leader to attempt to reduce the stature of President Obama by raising that apology issue on the global stage should rankle the feathers of every American, whether they support or like Obama... or not.

In a big symbolic gesture by President Obama, it is reported that he, and his team, are in the process of reaching out via drafting a letter to the Iranian leadership, in an effort to open a channel for dialogue. But that letter shouldn't include an "apology". No way!

If this saber rattling continues, pretty soon President Barack Obama is going to have to come out and display his "South-Side-Chicago-hood-rat-side" to these international despots, and let them know 'he doesn't play it'! All of these men of color (Bin Laden, Chavez, Zawahari and Ahmadinejad) know what it is like to be a brother in the spotlight. So each of them need to back-off and show Obama some r-e-s-p-e-c-t... and give him time to scout out the lay of the land and form a strategy to move forward toward peace. This continual public "dissing campaign" of America's president is counter-productive and is not helpful.

Now, a year from now, if President Obama has demonstrated that he was not sincere about 'changing' America's position in the world, and restoring America's image across the globe... then, okay... these men of color can, and should, chide him or take him to task. But to front Obama off at this juncture in his presidential tenure is not the way to treat a brother!

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