Rambling Lolita in Tehran

May 8, 2006

(a much denser version than Nabokov’s)

In the first instance of personal correspondence at the level of heads of state between the two countries since 1979, on Monday President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran sent a letter to the American President George Bush.
After being briefed on the contents (no, he did not read it) Dubya found it of little interest and has shrugged it off .

The letter, which is 18 pages long, is reportedly riddled with “history, philosophy, and religion”.

My question is…


…what was Ahmadinejad thinking?

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As for Ahmadinejad, he has outdone himself yet again in eccentricity and disdain for the conventions and pretenses that define diplomatic protocol.

I would like to think what lies ahead:

Mr. Ahmadinejad goes to Washington!

(and catches Bush by surprise in the Oval Office, whereupon he performs his favorite trick on him:)

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Speaking of which…

Wouldn’t the two leaders make perfect …uhm…buddies? Think of it: the two rival each other in their love of simplicity, lack of concern for pomp and formalism, unpretentiousness, and straightforward, down-to-earth attitude.

My God! That’s it! Imagine the possibilities! As the late John Lennon would sing:

Imagine all the leaders,

kissin’ and makin’ love…

You may say I’m a rantin’

and maybe you are right.

But let me say this first: we can be sure that finally a d’etente would be at hand on this whole nuclear issue.

Well, there is no guarantee that in that case the French will not declare a war, but everyone knows that they would surrender soon.

Ok, I will stop here.

Now.

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