So that letter that President Ahmadinejad sent to George Bush - the first contact between the Iranian and American government in over a quarter-century - has been opened, and its contents are as vile as one would expect from the man at the return address:
Iran's president declared in a letter to President Bush that democracy had failed worldwide and lamented "an ever-increasing global hatred" of the U.S. government.
it lambasted Bush for his handling of the Sept. 11 attacks, accused the media of spreading lies about the Iraq war and railed against the United States for its support of Israel. It questioned whether the world would be a different place if the money spent on Iraq had been spent to fight poverty.
How about if the Arab regimes' petrodollars had been spent on improving the lives of their citizens instead of being used to fund terrorism?
Liberalism and Western-style democracy "have not been able to help realize the ideals of humanity," said the letter, obtained late Monday by The Associated Press. "Today these two concepts have failed. Those with insight can already hear the sounds of the shattering and fall of the ideology and thoughts of the Liberal democratic systems."
The Iranian government spokesman who disclosed the communication did not mention the nuclear standoff and said the missive spoke to the larger U.S.-Iranian conflict. Gholam-Hossein Elham said the letter proposed "new solutions for getting out of international problems and the current fragile situation of the world."
Yet the document makes no concrete proposals and does not suggest new talks. Instead, Ahmadinejad suggests that Bush should look inward, saying there was an increasing hatred worldwide of the United States, and that history shows how "repressive and cruel governments do not survive."
"How much longer will the blood of the innocent men, women and children be spilled on the streets, and people's houses destroyed over their heads? Are you pleased with the current condition of the world? Do you think present policies can continue?"
This is Ahmadinejad's manifesto, his abridged version of Mein Kampf: Democracy has failed, the Jews and Americans are the world's enemies, hated by all, and the new world order will come from a Muslim theocracy, led by a nuclear-armed Iraq.
In Turkey, Ali Larijani, Iran's top nuclear negotiator, said the Iranians were looking for a positive response but would be patient.
"Perhaps it could lead to a new diplomatic opening. It needs to be given some time," Larijani said in a television interview.
"Looking for a positive response"? Iran has made its ideology, and intent, clearer than ever. Their hatred of America, and Israel, must be taken very seriously - based on this letter, there is no doubt that Ahmadinejad feels morally justified in using nuclear weapons against democratic states. It appears now that there can only be one response to the cuel path Iran has chosen to take, and it will probably take nothing short of a full-blown war to deliver the message.
How utterly depressing...