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Are Iranians correct in saying that American leaders often speak with forked tongue?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Considering the hypocrisy in US foreign relations with Iran, 'forked tongue' would be an accurate description. For example:

    We tout democracy as an ideal and still seem to hold a grudge for the Iranian Hostage Crisis in the 70's. Yet we conveniently overlook that the US was instrumental in overthrowing Iran's democratically-elected leadership in the 50's to install the Shah of Iran. The taking of hostages was, in large part, "blowback" for over twenty years under the oppressive regime of our "friend", the Shah.

    -- The Roots of Radical Islam:

    http://www.hartford-hwp.com/archives/27b/067.html

    -- American Thinking About Violence in the Middle East

    http://repositories.cdlib.org/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?...

    And even more recently... Iran was initially helping us fight terrorism, until they were branded by the last administrations with the "Axis of Evil" label. "Funny" thing that in the "War on Terror", we would shoot ourselves in the foot.

    -- January 29, 2002: Bush Labels Iraq, Iran, and North Korea an ‘Axis of Evil,’ Ending Cooperation with Iran

    http://www.cooperativeresearch.org/timeline.jsp?co...

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/artic...

    http://www.newsweek.com/id/68379/page/2

    "Prior to the speech, the Iranian government had been very helpful in the US fight against the Taliban, since the Taliban and Iran were enemies. [Newsweek, 2/12/2007] At the time, al-Qaeda operatives has been streaming into Iran from Afghanistan following the defeat of the Taliban. Iran has been turning over hundreds of suspects to US allies and provided US intelligence with the names, photographs, and fingerprints of those it is holding."

    EFPs... an interesting article that got very little (any?) mainstream media attention...

    -- Explosive charge blows up in US's face

    http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Middle_East/IJ27Ak05....

    The Bush administration has claimed that RPG-29s were Iranian-made. However, back in 2005 and 2006, British and US officials identified the RPG-29s as Russian-made, imported by Syria, then passed on to Hezbollah and smuggled across the Syrian-Iraq border. Now, they tell us that the armor-piercing Explosively Formed Penetrators (EFPs), that were killing US troops, were coming from IRAN... despite the forensic evidence indicating that they were inferior in quality, consistent with the manufacturing capabilities found in EFP factories that US forces discovered in IRAQ.

    Not the first time the term 'forked tongue' has been used... Native Americans have said the same thing because of numerous broken treaties and trade goods that included rotgut whiskey and pox-infected blankets.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Almost all politicians - regardless of nationality - often speak with a forked tongue. This isn't an American thing. This isn't an Iranian thing. This is a politician thing.

  • 1 decade ago

    yes, and so do many politicians all over the world. it's sad that people blindly rely on such politicians.

    Carl Schurz, a major general in the Union Army and then a senator, who said: “Our country, right or wrong. When right, it ought be kept right; when wrong, to be put right.”

  • 1 decade ago

    They want to start a new beginning with Iran. Lovely. But are they going to? They are embracing the Taliban and not Iran. Hmm.

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  • e w
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago

    A theocratic dictatorship accusing America of lying?

    The pot, calling the kettle black?

    Of course our own politicians NEVER lie.

    America has the best politicians that money can buy!!

    AIG has bought several of them, and got billions in return, plus handsome bonuses for their execs.

  • tw3
    Lv 4
    1 decade ago

    You can say that of any country when it is trying to protect its interests. But do you trust anything coming from a government run by mullahs. Remember Khomeini in the Carter days, what a kindly face he had. The man was evil. Do they still stone women there for letting the wind uncover their heads?

  • 1 decade ago

    Yes of course American leaders do that.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    forked and porked tonges !!!! Im trying to think of one western politician I respect hummmm lets see oh their are none but BAMA could be great if only!!!!

    Source(s): Yes Iranians are correct that is my belief....dino
  • 1 decade ago

    That's ludicrous it's like the pot calling the pan black.You know how you can tell if an Iranian is lying? His lips are moving !

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Yes. Just look how readily Obama wants to embrace the Taliban....but no real offer to Iran. :)

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