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9/11 Commission's Report and US-Iran Relations: Three Iranian Views

Radio Farda Newsroom

In comments on Radio Farda, Tehran University's Sadeq Zibakalam says the 9/11 report showed that the US needs to reexamine its Middle East policies, in order for the war against terrorism to succeed. Denmark Aarhus University's Islamic Studies professor Majid Mozaffari says the 9/11 report once again proves that the world's biggest power is a democracy, and needs to focus on promoting the same democracy in the Middle East. New Jersey Rutgers University's Houshang Amirahmadi says the war against terrorism requires a true international alliance, which would include America's allies and non-allies, such as Iran.

July 23, 2004 - The bi-partisan 9/11 commission revealed in its comprehensive report that contacts between the Islamic government's armed forces and security organs with al-Qaeda terrorists dates back to the early 1990 and continued after terrorist attacks on New York and Washington. In interviews with Radio Farda's broadcaster Amir-Mosaddegh Katouzian three Iranian commentator react to the 9/11 commission's report and its possible impact on Iran-US relations.

Tehran University's political science professor and reformist commentator Sadeq Zibakalam says "The most important conclusion of the 9/11 commission's report is that the US policymakers need to fundamentally re-examine their Middle East polices, without which the fight against terrorism cannot succeed."

Unlike Iran, where public opinion favors the US, there is a deep hatred and animosity towards the US in the rest of the Middle East, he adds.

Denmark's Aarhus University's Islamic Studies professor Mehdi Mozaffari says: "This report shows that the world's most powerful country is a real democracy, where nobody is beyond reproach. The Americans of both Democrat and Republic parties have realized that they should promote the same democracy they enjoy themselves in the rest of the world, particularly the Middle East.

New Jersey's Rutgers University's economy professor Houshang Amirahmadi, director of the advocacy group American-Iranian Council, says "The lesson America can learn from the 9/11 commission's report is that the war against terrorism requires cooperation of America's friends and foes. There needs to be a true international alliance, and bridge must be erected between the US and the forces in the world that are not readily interested to cooperate. Secondly, the reality is that the terrorists used Iran, as well as other countries, such as Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, which are America's allies. As long as the Islamic government's issues with the US remain unresolved, Iranian authorities can expect to be a target of accusation, not only from the US, but also from the forces within the county. Most of the findings in the report and the basis of other allegations against the Islamic regime are based on reports from anti-regime forces inside Iran. The Islamic Republic has to proceed in two directions: establishing a logical, not necessarily friendly, relations with the US, and allowing democratic movements within Iran to form and expand, in order to create a healthy society.

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