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    Another sign of new rapprochement with Western culture, or a cynical public relations ploy?
    Iran's top leaders used Twitter to send Christmas greetings that praised Jesus, continuing a new era of social media outreach by a government previously known for Islamic extremism and political belligerence.
    "May Jesus Christ, Prophet of love & peace, bless us all on this day. Wishing Merry #Christmas to those celebrating, esp Iranian Christians," said a tweet from the official account of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani.
    In response to Rouhani, the Shiite Muslim country's hardline Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, tweeted back: "No doubt that Jesus #Christ has no less value among Muslims than [he has] among the pious Christians."
    Another tweet from Khamenei's account said that "Jesus #Christ, the Son of #Mary, was a herald of God's grace, blessing & guidance for man."
    The messages come as Iran seeks to reshape its relationship with the United States and other Western powers more than three decades after the Islamic revolution launched an era of diplomatic estrangement.
    Its economy crippled by international sanctions over its nuclear program, Iran recently agreed to freeze some nuclear development efforts in exchange for the easing of some sanctions while talks continue on a final deal that U.S. officials say would prevent Tehran from building a nuclear weapon.
    However, Israel and some U.S. legislators warn that Iran was manipulating President Barack Obama's administration and its allies in the talks without intending to truly give up its quest for a nuclear weapon.
    Rouhani insists Iran's nuclear program is for peaceful purposes, and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says the negotiations will show if that's true because a final agreement will require Iran to give up the technology to develop weapons of mass destruction.
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    Can't say it isn't clever what Iran's doing right now. The best possible response to US and Israeli bullying isn't aggression, but to appear peaceful and victimized, and most importantly, relatively cosmopolitan. And that's exactly what they're doing.
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    Can't say it isn't clever what Iran's doing right now. The best possible response to US and Israeli bullying isn't aggression, but to appear peaceful and victimized, and most importantly, relatively cosmopolitan. And that's exactly what they're doing.
    At the same time haven't they undergone a major shift in leadership? I think it would be hasty to assume that Iran is doing all of this for negative reasons.

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    At the same time haven't they undergone a major shift in leadership? I think it would be hasty to assume that Iran is doing all of this for negative reasons.
    Negative reasons? Hell, I'm cheering them on. I want to see the US government humiliated for their imperialistic foreign policy - And Israel put in its place.
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    At the same time haven't they undergone a major shift in leadership? I think it would be hasty to assume that Iran is doing all of this for negative reasons.
    Depends on what you mean by leadership. Iran is a theocracy, so its Presidency is completely below the Supreme Leader. You could argue that the fact that the Supreme Leader even allowed a moderate to become president is evidence of a change of heart, but a lot of people are extremely skeptical of this.
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    oh shit, it really says i payed 10.00. Im so fucked. im crying. we are gonna be poor.
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    Negative reasons? Hell, I'm cheering them on. I want to see the US government humiliated for their imperialistic foreign policy - And Israel put in its place.
    And I'm sure that Iran is still not a country you want to live in, even with it's somewhat [doubtful] moderate government.

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    Merry Christmas Iran!
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    Can't say it isn't clever what Iran's doing right now. The best possible response to US and Israeli bullying isn't aggression, but to appear peaceful and victimized, and most importantly, relatively cosmopolitan. And that's exactly what they're doing.
    I seriously doubt this is a political maneuver. Jesus Christ is a prophet in Islam. It makes sense that Muslims respect Christmas.
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    I seriously doubt this is a political maneuver. Jesus Christ is a prophet in Islam. It makes sense that Muslims respect Christmas.
    Now if only more Christians would have respect for Muslims and their beliefs.
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