Tehran Turns the Tables

Iran has accused the West of sponsoring terrorism.

In a bold move Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmedinejad lashed out at Western accusations of Tehran’s sponsorship of Hamas and Hezbollah by saying that “Washington, Israel and Europe are the worst culprits.” This comes amidst a meeting of delegates in Tehran on the occasion of the International Conference on Global Fight against Terrorism. Among the countries whose heads of state were present were Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iraq.

All three are committed to fighting terror on their soil. President Zardari said that “we are fighting a war that will determine not only the future of my country but the future of your countries and the entire world.” Hamid Karzai spoke of how “terrorism is still a threat to Afghanistan and the entire region.” Finally, the Iraqi President, Jalal Talabani warned the nations against supporting Al-Qaeda.

The conference proved fruitful if only in the sense of cross-fertilizing the awareness process. Terrorism was seen as not simply a black-and-white phenomenon but a very complex problem the solution of which still remains elusive.