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In the Company of an African Tyrant, Nuclear Ambitious Iran is Welcomed
Posted By Ray Walser On April 27, 2010 @ 1:00 pm In American Leadership | 1 Comment
The April 22-25 visits of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to Zimbabwe  and to Uganda highlight Iran’s unrelenting quest for international partners ready to either associate with its anti-U.S., anti-West program or soften potential sanctions  taking shape in the UN Security Council. The visits also allowed Iran to once-more denounce the meddling of the Obama Administration and proclaim itself the victim of U.S. discrimination and double standards .
In Africa, Iran repeated tactics it is employing successfully in Latin America with Venezuela’s Chavez  and Brazil’s  influential but misguided President Lula da Silva , who promises to visit Tehran in May.
Ahmadinejad’s Africa visit produced modest trade and investment agreements and even speculation about an oil-for-uranium swap in Zimbabwe. [Zimbabwe’s trade minister denied the rumor .] A dissenting member of the Movement for Democratic Change declared that inviting Ahmadinejad — “a warmonger,” “trampler of human rights,” and executioner” — to an investment forum in Zimbabwe was like “inviting a mosquito to cure malaria. ”
The love fest between tyrants  offered the 86-year-old Robert Mugabe, a skilled manipulator of African racial animosity, repression, and anti-West sentiments to share pointers with the theocratic Ahmadinejad whose brief includes squelching dissent, supporting the terrorism of Hamas and Hezbollah, anti-Zionist fantasies about Israel’s destruction, and a desire for a destabilizing and dangerous nuclear arsenal.
While the Obama Administration dreams of a utopian, nuclear-free world, tyrants like Mugabe and Ahmadinejad savor the far more immediate prospects of a consolidating a nuclear-friendly community of repressive, secretive, anti-Western regimes able to preserve political power, dilute and divide international opinion, and wear down an indecisive, divided and often distracted Obama Administration.
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 Image: http://www.foundry.org/wp-content/uploads/Ahmadinejad-Mugabe-10-4-26.jpg
 to Zimbabwe: http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5gN6FzZsfkJI8Y6_uGjZ2rsLBbfiAD9F8T1VO0
 soften potential sanctions: http://www.heritage.org/Research/Reports/2010/04/Iran-Economic-Sanctions-at-the-UN-Security-Council-The-Incredible-Shrinking-Resolution
 discrimination and double standards: http://www.monitor.co.ug/SpecialReports/-/688342/906640/-/fv5bag/-/
 Venezuela’s Chavez: http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.php?nn=8902041462
 Brazil’s: http://www.heritage.org/Research/Reports/2010/03/Iran-Democracy-and-Trade-Keys-to-Successful-Clinton-Visit-to-Latin-America
 President Lula da Silva: http://www.miamiherald.com/2010/04/23/1593789/brazil-key-to-curbing-irans-influence.html
 denied the rumor: http://www1.voanews.com/zimbabwe/news/economy/Zimbabwe-Denies-It-Signed-Uranian-Deal-With-Iran-26Apr10-92105789.html
 inviting a mosquito to cure malaria.: http://www.theprovince.com/news/Ahmadinejad+controversial+visit+Zimbabwe/2942193/story.html
 love fest between tyrants: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/worldnews/article-1268115/When-tyrants-meet-Mugabe-welcomes-Ahmadinejad-Zimbabwe.html
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