Ailing-politically and health wise-Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad offered what appeared to be his sincere congratulations to President-elect Obama for his election win. What was unique about it, was that this was the first time since the 1979 hard-line Iranian revolution that an Iranian official publicly offered such a conciliatory statement. Iranian officials tended to characterize American presidents as an unsavory distinction between “Bad” and “Worse.”
Mr. Ahmadinejad’s statement was quite distinct from the acrimonious bombast that characterized Iranian-US relations recently. However, whether in the end it indicated that any common ground can be found between Iran’s self proclaimed desire to independently develop its nuclear energy program and American intentions in the Gulf, remains to be seen.
After the September 11th attacks, Iran, as well as most of the world, expressedtheir condolences and shared outrage. That international goodwill was quickly squandered in the aftermath.
However, keeping in tune with the world’s outpouring of admiration and hope for the new American administration, it may be a sign of the potential dialogue and communication to come.