Monday, May 25, 2009

Iranians elections and Latin America

Iran's PressTV notes that Latin America has become part of the Iranian presidential campaign. In particular President Ahmadinejad is being criticized for spending too much time on Latin America:

Independent Mir-Hossein Moussavi, who is slated to try his luck against Ahmadinejad in the June 12 elections, accused the Iranian President of making foreign policy moves that have “isolated” and “disgraced” Iranians in the international arena.

“Instead of investing in Iran's neighboring countries, the government has fixed eyes and poured money into Latin American states. The President has obviously failed to get his priorities right," said Moussavi in his first televised speech.

This has become a common criticism. Certainly, Iran's presence in Latin America annoys the United States, but that does not advance Iranian interests. In many ways, it does the opposite, by making the U.S. even more antagonistic than it needs to be.

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