President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad: Persona Non Grata



El Universal, Venezuela

Our Unwelcome Guest: Mahmoud Ahmadinejad


"An alliance between Chavez and Ahmadinejad would be seen as a threat to both the petroleum that passes through the Strait of Hormuz and the vast oil reserves of Venezuela. What benefits might accrue to Venezuela? None! … I repeat: We have no part in this conflict. Only a deranged mind would hope to force our country to engage in such atrocity."


By Jose Toro Hardy


Translated By Florizul Acosta-Perez


January 10, 2012


Venezuela - El Universal - Original Article (Spanish)

Iran President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad listens to a translation of a speech by President Hugo Chavez, welcoming him to, as Chavez likes to say, 'Our America.'

TELESUR NEWS VIDEO [STATE-RUN: Bolivia Foreign Minister David Choquehuanca calls U.S. meddling in the region 'unnacceptable', welcomes Iran's president, Jan. 11, 00:01:04RealVideo

As I write these words, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is arriving in Venezuela. It is incomprehensible that a leader, who represents the greatest threat to world peace and - why not just say it - to Venezuela’s interests, is to be welcomed, and in this way involve us in a conflict that we have nothing to do with.


I refer to only the most recent confrontation, the type of which frequently erupts in Muslim oil-producing countries and that threatens the supply of that vital energy source. Such conflicts always originate in circumstances completely beyond our own idiosyncrasies and that go back to the very dawn of history. This senseless and centuries-long shedding of blood has stretched from Exodus to the Holocaust, and includes the assassination in Karbala in 680 of Hussein, grandson of the Prophet Mohammad, which provoked the thousand-year confrontation between Shiites and Sunnis; the breakdown of the Ottoman Empire in 1918 which destabilized the entire Middle East for all time; and the creation of the State of Israel by the U.N. in 1947.


Certainly, at the U.N. in 1947, we voted in favor of the simultaneous creation of a Jewish and a Palestinian state. It was the Palestinians who failed to accept the decision at the time. A major human catastrophe developed from then on.


In fact, up to now, Venezuela had declared itself neutral in conflicts like the conflict that erupted in 1956 among Egypt, Israel, France and England over nationalizing the Suez Canal; the Six-Day War in 1967 and its consequences, the blockade of the Suez Canal between 1967 and 1975; Moammar Qaddafi's toppling of King Idris in 1969 and Libya's subsequent oil embargo of Europe in 1970; the Yom Kippur War in 1973 and its result - the Arab oil embargo of 1973; the overthrow of the Shah of Iran in 1979 that resulted in the advent of Iran's Islamic Revolution and the "second oil shock"; the Iraq-Iran War from 1980 to 1988 that ultimately led to the invasion of Iraq and Kuwait in 1991, etc.


In the midst of a Cold War that was in full swing between the U.S. and the USSR, each of these situations were great threats to world peace and created serious problems to a global economy deprived of oil.


Nevertheless, in each and every one of these crisis, Venezuela remained neutral according to its interests. In fact, whenever we could, we boosted our own oil production to help a world thirsty for oil. Regardless of ideological position and inconvenience, our foreign policy has always been handled with care. We never meddled in the affairs of others or threatened anyone - a policy that served to reinforce our well-earned reputation as the most secure and reliable supplier in the world.




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But in today's Iran, we face a vicious theocratic dictatorship that has prevailed since the 1979 revolution led by the Ayatollah Khamenei, whose own people question the legality of the reelection of President Ahmadinejad. This is a man who incidentally never ceases to repeat that his country must "wipe Israel off the map" and push forward with its nuclear plans -peaceful according to him - but whose word the world doubts.


This is an Ahmadinejad who now confronts a majority of Arab states - save the Syria of Bashar al-Assad, who is now imposing a bloodbath. It is an Ahmadinejad to whom not only the United States but Europe has applied ever-more severe sanctions that could now penalize anyone doing business with the Persian country. And this is an Iran that threatens to block the Strait of Hormuz, through which more than 18 million barrels of oil a day pass every day, and which is testing long-range missiles capable of reaching Israel. This is an Ahmadinejad who could create a conflict more than capable of producing a Third World War. That is the Iran which our leaders intend to ever-more tightly embrace. 



An alliance between Chavez and Ahmadinejad would be seen as a threat to both the petroleum that passes through the Strait of Hormuz and the vast oil reserves of Venezuela. What benefits might accrue to Venezuela? None!


I repeat: We have no part in this conflict. Only a deranged mind would hope to force our country to engage in such atrocity.



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