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Friday, May 12, 2006
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Peaceful Leader: Peacefully Convert or Accept the Peaceful Consequences

Robert Spencer provides the text of the peaceful letter from the peaceful president of the peaceful Islamic Republic of Iran to President Bush. Spencer notes, "In a Hadith, Muhammad tells his followers to call people to Islam before waging war against them ... In light of that, this letter could be -- but is not necessarily -- a prelude to an attack."

Spencer later reports Ahmadinejad's subsequent comments which Spencer believes "suggest that the letter was indeed the call to Islam that must precede any attack, in accord with Muhammad's words (in Sahih Muslim 4294) about inviting the unbelievers to accept Islam or dhimmitude and fighting him only if he refuses both." Ahmadinejad warned, "If the call is responded positively, there will be no more problems to be solved" and that the letter actually contained a clear message of invitation to human beliefs, adding that response will determine the future.