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Chavez Tells Why Obama Will Fail With Iran

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2 Apr 09 | PTV

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez explains why the Obama administration will likely be unable to improve US relations with Iran.

“I don’t have much hope, because there is an empire behind him. He’s the president of an empire,” Chavez explained in Tehran when asked whether President Barack Obama really seeks better days with Tehran.

Latin American countries use the term ’empire’ to describe the US policy of policing the world and its decades of interference in the internal affairs of nations worldwide.

Washington in 1953 staged a coup against the democratically elected Iranian prime minister of the time, Mohammed Mosaddeq, who sought to nationalize the country’s oil industry.

As the first successful Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) overthrow of a foreign government in history, operation TP-AJAX became the US blueprint for further coups and destabilization operations against governments during the Cold War.

Such operations have led to long-term animosities toward the United States — such is the case of the majority of Latin American countries.

President Obama has nevertheless promised to bring change in the US foreign policy and on March 20 offered to turn back the tide on three decades of mutual animosity with Tehran.

Iran reacted by saying it would respond to the US offer only when it sees “real change” in US policies toward the country.

“Did you lift the sanctions? Did you stop supporting the Zionist regime? Tell us what you have changed. Change only in words is not enough,” said Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei.

“If you change your attitude, we will change our attitude,” Ayatollah Khamenei affirmed.

The prospects of Iran-US reconciliation have been welcomed in the West. Chavez said in his opinion although the possibility of an American president being able to implement change is low, it would be only fair to give Obama a chance.

“I hope President Obama is the last president of the Yankee empire, and the first president of a truly democratic republic, the United States,” he said Thursday.

While various US officials contend America is the leading democracy in the world, critics in the eastern world and in Latin America believe lobby groups and interest groups are the ones who dictate US policies and not the American public.

“I feel that his (US President Barack Obama’s) hands are tied,” former Malaysian prime minister Mahathir Mohamad told Press TV in an exclusive interview.

According to the celebrated Malaysian politician, lobby groups determine who is who in US politics.

Chavez is now in Tehran for a four-day official visit.

The Venezuelan president flew to Tehran from Qatar, where he attended a summit of Latin American and Arab countries. He will leave Tehran for Tokyo after meeting with Iranian officials.


Written by Editors

2 April 2009 at 2:38 pm

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