Why Exactly Does the Iranian Government Believe it is Beyond Criticism?
It may seem like a trivial question, but it’s really a very important one: when Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad voices his displeasure at President Barack Obama voicing his displeasure over recent events in Iran, as described for example in an article appearing in today’s Deutsche Welle…
[President Obama] has recently has ramped up his previously muted criticism, saying he was “appalled and outraged” by the crackdown on protesters. Ahmadinejad reacted by comparing Obama to his predecessor Georg[e] W. Bush.…exactly on what is President Ahmadinejad basing his belief that the actions of his government — especially the violent ones — are beyond criticism? We know he isn’t shy about criticizing other governments. So what’s his basis for making public criticism a one-way street?
“Mr Obama made a mistake to say those things,” he said. “Our question is why he fell into this trap and said things that previously Bush used to say.”
It’s not really possible to negotiate with his regime, until this underlying belief is understood.