Obama ‘accidentally’ shakes hand of Iranian foreign minister at UN

Obama ‘accidentally’ shakes hand of Iranian foreign minister at UN
Syrian Ambassador to the UN Bashar Jaafari, left, talks with Iran Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

Another first for Barack Obama. The Times of Israel reports via the Associated Press that the president and Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif “ran into one another on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York.”

According to the Iranian news agency IRNA, the two “accidentally” shook hands.

The accident

represents the first handshake between an American president and Iran’s top diplomat since the 1979 Islamic Revolution ousted a pro-Western monarchy in Iran. The two countries have had no diplomatic relations since then.

But maybe in the time he has left Obama can correct that deficiency. He took steps toward appeasing our enemies in the war on terror when he reiterated his long-held position during today’s address to the General Assembly:

Of course that statement, like all criticisms of racial or ethnic profiling, is true only if you collapse current events and all of history into an amorphous blob so that, say, the Crusades and current barbarism in the Middle East are happening simultaneously.

As for the handshake, last month Obama normalized relations with Cuba after half a century. And that was no accident.

Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy has written for The Blaze, HotAir, NewsBusters, Weasel Zippers, Conservative Firing Line, RedCounty, and New York’s Daily News. He has one published novel, Hot Rain, (G. P. Putnam’s Sons), and has been a guest on Radio Vice Online with Jim Vicevich, The Alana Burke Show, Smart Life with Dr. Gina, and The George Espenlaub Show.


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