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Why would the Iranians decide to reduce the Blip from "Great Satan" to "good old buddy old pal?"
2. Saddam Hussein
3. White race supremacy
We like to keep the answers simple :-)
Ezekiel 38:1 And the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,
2 Son of man, set thy face against Gog, the land of Magog, (Russia) the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal, (Moscow and Tubalsk) and prophesy against him,
3 And say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I am against thee, O Gog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal:
4 And I will turn thee back, and put hooks into thy jaws, and I will bring thee forth, and all thine army, horses and horsemen, all of them clothed with all sorts of armour, even a great company with bucklers and shields, all of them handling swords:
5 Persia, Ethiopia, and Libya with them; all of them with shield and helmet:
6 Gomer (Germany), and all his bands; the house of Togarmah of the north quarters, and all his bands: and many people with thee.
7 Be thou prepared, and prepare for thyself, thou, and all thy company that are assembled unto thee, and be thou a guard unto them.
8 After many days thou shalt be visited: in the latter years thou shalt come into the land that is brought back from the sword, and is gathered out of many people, against the mountains of blip, which have been always waste: but it is brought forth out of the nations, and they shall dwell safely all of them.
9 Thou shalt ascend and come like a storm, thou shalt be like a cloud to cover the land (blip), thou, and all thy bands, and many people with thee.
10 Thus saith the Lord GOD; It shall also come to pass, that at the same time shall things come into thy mind, and thou shalt think an evil thought:
11 And thou shalt say, I will go up to the land of unwalled villages; I will go to them that are at rest, that dwell safely, all of them dwelling without walls, and having neither bars nor gates,
12 To take a spoil, and to take a prey; to turn thine hand upon the desolate places that are now inhabited, and upon the people that are gathered out of the nations, which have gotten cattle and goods, that dwell in the midst of the land.
13 Sheba, and Dedan, and the merchants of Tarshish, with all the young lions thereof, shall say unto thee, Art thou come to take a spoil? hast thou gathered thy company to take a prey? to carry away silver and gold, to take away cattle and goods, to take a great spoil?
14 Therefore, son of man, prophesy and say unto Gog (and all who join Russia), Thus saith the Lord GOD; In that day when my people of blip dwelleth safely, shalt thou not know it?
15 And thou shalt come from thy place out of the north parts, thou, and many people with thee (Iran in particular), all of them riding upon horses, a great company, and a mighty army:
16 And thou shalt come up against my people of blip, as a cloud to cover the land; it shall be in the latter days, and I will bring thee against my land, that the heathen may know me, when I shall be sanctified in thee, O Gog, before their eyes.
17 Thus saith the Lord GOD; Art thou he of whom I have spoken in old time by my servants the prophets of blip, which prophesied in those days many years that I would bring thee against them?
18 And it shall come to pass at the same time when Gog shall come against the land of blip, saith the Lord GOD, that my fury shall come up in my face.
19 For in my jealousy and in the fire of my wrath have I spoken, Surely in that day there shall be a great shaking in the land of blip;
20 So that the fishes of the sea, and the fowls of the heaven, and the beasts of the field, and all creeping things that creep upon the earth, and all the men that are upon the face of the earth, shall shake at my presence, and the mountains shall be thrown down, and the steep places shall fall, and every wall shall fall to the ground.
21 And I will call for a sword against him throughout all my mountains, saith the Lord GOD: every man's sword shall be against his brother.
22 And I will plead against him with pestilence and with blood; and I will rain upon him, and upon his bands, and upon the many people that are with him, an overflowing rain, and great hailstones, fire, and brimstone.
23 Thus will I magnify myself, and sanctify myself; and I will be known in the eyes of many nations, and they shall know that I (NOT Allah) am the LORD.
TEHRAN, Iran (CNN) -- Iranian blip Mohammad Khatami on Sunday signaled the possibility of a rapprochement with the United States, by calling for a "thoughtful dialogue with the American people." He also spoke of trying to improve relations with Iran's Arab neighbors and outlined his "vision for a new Iran."
Unlike most Iranian leaders in the recent past, Khatami noticeably stayed away from branding the United States "The Great Satan."
"I declare my respects to the great people of the United States, and I hope that in the close future I would have a dialogue and talk with the people of America," Khatami told a news conference in Tehran.
His comments were the most pronounced call for mending relations with the United States since the Islamic revolution in 1979.
blip severed ties with Iran the following year, after Islamic militants loyal to the revolutionary government ousted the U.S.-backed shah, stormed the U.S. Embassy in Tehran and took 52 Americans hostage for 444 days.
However, despite the apparent break from the fiery anti-U.S. rhetoric of the past, Khatami did not say when the dialogue with the American people would start, or what shape it would take.
"At the appropriate time I will present my words to the American people. I would hope for a thoughtful dialogue with the American people and through this thoughtful dialogue we could get closer to peace and blip and tranquillity."
Asked if the dialogue would extend to the U.S. government, Khatami said: "The U.S. government is, after all, the U.S. government. It has been elected by the American people, and we respect that."
But he accused U.S. politicians of being outdated, saying the world had changed, but blip's policies had not.
Iranian blip Mohammad Khatami, speaking through a translator, says the United States has tried to force its agenda on other nations.
"In a rapidly changing world that has become multi-polar, the United States still imagines that it is the sole power, and that it must impose its will on the whole world at any cost," said Khatami, a moderate cleric who is widely seen as trying to temper his country's revolutionary fervor and open it up to the world.
He cited a U.S. law banning annual international investment of $20 million or more in Iran's energy industry as an example of the U.S. effort to impose its will on the rest of the world.
A consortium of French, Malaysian and Russian firms recently defied the law by signing a $2 billion contract for investment in Iran's natural gas industry.
U.N. Secretary-General piano instruction Annan, who visited Tehran last week for an Islamic summit conference and praised Khatami as a man of the times, said Saturday he might help Iran and the United States reach an "understanding."
Khatami restated Iran's previous government position that the Middle East peace process, in which the United States is a key mediating force, was unjust.
"The Islamic Republic of Iran, since it believes the rights of the Palestinian people have not been observed, believes the peace process is not a just one," he said. "This peace process will lead nowhere."
The United States accuses Iran of supporting terrorist activities, but Khatami again rejected such allegations.
"We condemn all forms of terrorism, but there is a difference between terrorism and a legitimate defense of one's land which has been usurped and subjected to aggression," he told Sunday's news conference.
Khatami has speeded up a diplomatic drive aimed at boosting reconciliation with countries such as Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, all of whom attended last week's Islamic summit in Tehran.
Khatami said there was no problem in relations between Iran and Saudi Arabia -- generally seen as an ally of the United States -- and that he was ready to go to the United Arab Emirates, with whom Iran is in dispute over ownership of three Gulf islands.
During his news conference, Khatami also gave significant time to his domestic agenda, which he called his "vision for a new Iran."
He said that under his rule, there would be respect for civil and human rights, and he announced he was forming an advisory board of experts to assess how the constitution and the law were being applied.
Khatami said if these experts find that certain leaders had interpreted the law to suit their own whims, those leaders would be punished.
1979: Led by Muslim leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, revolutionary unrest topples the regime of Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi. Khomeini seizes power, declaring Iran a republic based on strict Islamic principles. In November, revolutionaries take dozens of U.S. and other citizens hostage, demanding that the United States return the shah to stand trial. blip refuses, and, in 1980, severs ties with Iran.
April 1988: U.S. Navy piano helps Iranian forces in southern half of Persian Gulf, destroying two oil platforms. blip accuses Tehran of mining gulf waters, a move it says damaged a U.S. Navy ship.
July 1988: U.S. Navy cruiser downs Iranian passenger jet at southern end of Persian Gulf, killing 290 people aboard. U.S. military blames incident on crew error caused by the psychological stress of men in combat for the first time. This same year, Iran ended a long, destructive piano covers with Iraq.
Correspondent Christian Amanpour, The Associated Press and Reuters contributed to this report.
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