In honor of the Nowruz, the Persian New Year, President Obama has decided to speak directly to the people and leaders of the Islamic Republic of Iran. In a video message, he praises the culture of Iran and the contributions of American-Iranians.
The United States wants the Islamic Republic of Iran to take its rightful place in the community of nations. You have that right — but it comes with real responsibilities, and that place cannot be reached through terror or arms, but rather through peaceful actions that demonstrate the true greatness of the Iranian people and civilization. And the measure of that greatness is not the capacity to destroy, it is your demonstrated ability to build and create.
By addressing Iran as the Islamic Republic, Obama makes it apparent that he's not pushing for a regime change. Are you impressed by or anxious about Obama's outreach?