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Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad: Big Disappointment

September 24, 2007

By John E. Carey
Peace and Freedom
September 25, 2007

There are no gays in Iran, the International Atomic Energy Agency says Iran’s nuclear program is for peaceful purposes, and the Holocaust never happened.

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad might actually believe these false claims but almost nobody else does.

Ahmadinejad doubts the official U.S. version of 9/11. He sounds like someone who thought Harry Potter and Peter Pan were real.

Yet he wanted to visit “Ground Zero.”  If the spot marks no actual place of historic import: why visit?

Mr. Ahmadinejad also thinks he lives in a democracy. That is because he holds power in a viciously brutal regime that has no inkling of human rights, rights for women or gay rights.  In Iran, the rights do not exist for those not in the leadership or the cream of society.

In Iran guys like Ahmadinejad and Islamic Mullah’s call the shots.  You want in?

Columbia University president Lee Bollinger said Mr. Ahmadinejad is “a petty and cruel dictator.”

Mr. Ahmadinejad used the Socratic method to question some other truths of history.

On September 11, 2001: “Why did this happen? What caused it? What conditions led to it?  Who truly was involved? Who was really involved and put it all together?”

Brilliant: except questions are not argument and certainly fall way short of facts, proof and truth: things with which the president of Iran has only a limited familiarity.

Free speech was preserved even as Ahmadinejad criticized the United States for spying on its own citizens and neglecting free speech on Monday at Columbia University.

To put this all in an academic nutshell (something Mr. Ahmadinejad might be familiar with as he was at one time a professor): Ahmadinejad: C-. Bollinger and Columbia University: A-.

Mr. Bollinger said Mr. Ahmadinejad’s denial of the Holocaust might fool the illiterate and ignorant. But not the knowledgeable and educated.

“When you come to a place like this it makes you simply ridiculous,” Bollinger said.

Thank God General Dwight David Eisenhower and others who saw into the future to this day and gave us a vast photographic and documentary record of the Holocaust.

“The truth is that the Holocaust is the most documented event in human history,” said President Bollinger.

Thank God Israel continues to work on its own security and military forces, including an airstrike against Syrian nuclear facilities just more than a week ago.

And thank God for free speech. It exposes imbeciles like Ahmadinejad, allows the educated and informed to air and debate their views in an orderly manner, and it keeps our democracy alive.

Where is it in this world is free speech stifled? Iran, North Korea, China, Vietnam, Myanmar, Thailand, Cuba and Venezuela to name a few.

Any volunteers to live under the restrictions of Hugo Chavez or Hu Jintao or Mahmoud Ahmadinejad?

Those student from Columbia University who cheered Mr. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad: we appreciate your right to believe what you will. But for tickets to China or Cuba or Venezuela or Iran: step to the head of the line. You are welcome to them.

Related:
Ahmadinejad denies 9/11, Holocaust

Ahmadinejad seeks to soothe critics

Harry Potter: More Worthless Pop Culture

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Iran’s Ahmadinejad arrives in New York

September 24, 2007

By NAHAL TOOSI, Associated Press Writer

NEW YORK – Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Tehran is neither building a nuclear bomb nor headed to war with the United States in a television interview ahead of an appearance at Columbia University on Monday.

The public-relations push appears aimed at presenting his views directly to a U.S. audience amid rising strains and talk of war between the two nations.

Ahmadinejad is to speak and answer questions at a Columbia forum Monday, followed by a scheduled address to the U.N. General Assembly on Tuesday.

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Hijacking America

July 23, 2007

By James Zumwalt

I take great pride in flying the American flag in my backyard 24 hours a day—a flag under which I proudly served for 26 years. I take notice of that flag daily, unable to view it without thinking about the brave young Americans in uniform today continuing to serve our great nation at this most dangerous time.

I looked out my window one evening last week to ensure the spotlight still brightly illuminated the flag and was somewhat unnerved to see it upside down. Upon closer examination, I realized my aging eyes had deceived me. But the sad reality of this illusion suddenly hit me.

Those familiar with military tradition know flying the American flag upside down signals distress. I could not help but reflect, as America faces her greatest threat ever, we are indeed a nation in distress. We are a ship-of-state, navigating treacherous waters, with many onboard totally oblivious to the threats.

In a country built upon a foundation of Christian-Judeo principles, Americans enjoy the “cruise” aboard our ship-of-state, failing to recognize these principles are slowly being cast overboard by some crew members entrusted with ensuring our safety and welfare.

This country’s first Muslim congressman, Democrat Keith Ellison, made some absurd claims recently. Calling President Bush a modern day Hitler, he compared the 9/11 destruction to that of the German parliament’s Reichstag in 1933, which led to Hitler’s rise. Ellison even went so far as to hint that Bush was responsible for the events of 9/11. While he would not directly accuse Bush of planning 9/11 for fear of being labeled a nut, the insinuation was there. He suggested, “After the Reichstag was burned, they blamed the Communists for it, and it put the leader (Hitler) of that country in a position where he could basically have authority to do whatever he wanted.” Addressing Atheists for Human Rights, he added, “You’ll always find this Muslim standing up for your right to be atheists all you want.”

Perhaps I am just an overly prude patriot, but I cannot conceive of a US congressman making such outlandish statements, knowing in parts of the world, such conspiratorial claims will be accepted as fact.

While our Founding Fathers’ desire was to inspire tolerance for diverse points of view, Ellison’s comments exceed such tolerance and suggest a sinister intent.

Every American has an inalienable right to practice religion of choice—even if that religion is atheism. While it is inappropriate for him to promote one religion over another, it is also clear the religion that would best serve the Muslim extremist mindset in the US is one devoid of Christian-Judeo principles. The absence of a personal Christian-Judeo foundation tends to make one unwilling to fight for the collective values democratic societies treasure the most. By definition, godless individuals are far less likely to fight for Christian-Judeo values for others than are god-fearing individuals. Thus, by fighting for atheists’ rights especially, Ellison seeks to create more fertile ground in the US for Islam to take root, minimizing the Christian-Judeo principles that first created, and have since guaranteed, our personal freedoms for almost three centuries.

To further cultivate US soil for Islam politically, Ellison seeks to suggest our democratically-elected leaders possibly planned 9/11. Perhaps emboldened by polls within the last year that, shockingly, show a large minority of supposedly educated Americans believe US government complicity was a factor in the events of that day, Ellison opted to further promote the myth. Clearly, he was emboldened too by the barrage of venal attacks other Democrats launch against Bush daily.

But Ellison steps over the line in comparing Bush to Hitler, giving credibility to allegations Bush was responsible for 9/11 when Osama bin Laden has already acknowledged his responsibility. Ellison’s fellow Democrats, if they possess an ounce of patriotism and integrity, should immediately move to discredit his comments.

As an elected official, Ellison was made a crew member onboard America’s ship-of-state. We need to have faith and confidence our elected leaders will only act in the best interests of all our citizens. By failing to reign in Congressmen Ellison now for such outlandish comments, Democratic party leaders become enablers, allowing him to hijack our ship—endangering all onboard.

Our flag indeed is flying upside down. Is anyone noticing?

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Our Nation: Based Upon God, Not Fiction