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Sunday, February 24, 2013

Great news: US wrestling team invites Iranian rivals to come to New York

Remember how the United States' thaw with China started with ping pong tournaments? Well, the United States' wrestling federation chairman, Rich Bender, has invited the Iranian wrestling team to come to the United States in May.

Let's go to the videotape.

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But even if you think a US rapprochement with Iran would be a good thing, here's why that's not likely to happen.
In contrast to the all smiles and gestures of solidarity on display in the Press TV clip, the Iranian Federation website strikes a different tone.

The headlines in Persian are "Motaki [ex-foreign minister] tells Iranian wrestlers, just like in other arenas, you have defeated the Americans", and "Iran reaches the finals after defeating the US".

In classic Iranian two faced diplomacy, Iran is conciliatory in English and defiant in Farsi.
What could go wrong?

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