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Let Him Rant

September 25, 2007

Philadelphia Inquirer
September 25, 2007

Set aside the emotions, the threats and twisting of truths that pulse through this week’s visit to New York by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. His presence, as unpleasant as it is to so many, is more likely to be helpful than hideous.

Ahmadinejad’s U.S. speaking tour featured a controversial, televised speech yesterday at Columbia University. Today, he is scheduled to address the United Nations General Assembly.

The Iranian leader won’t say anything new. He didn’t yesterday: Knowledge is crucial, free speech essential, piousness supreme, Israel is the world’s biggest irritant, and Iran wants peace, not nuclear weapons.

Behind his lines were damnable lies – he shamefully denies the Holocaust occurred. Falsehood, not fact, about the pogrom fit his hatred of Israel. Ideologues won’t let truth clear their myopia.

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Ahmadinejad: Vilest Form of Inhuman Scum

Ahmadinejad seeks to soothe critics

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad: Big Disappointment


Ahmadinejad: Vilest Form of Inhuman Scum

September 25, 2007

By John E. Carey
September 25, 2007

Using the “Freedom of Speech” protections we in the United States take for granted, the vilest form of inhuman scum can come to New York City, speak at a major University and address the U.N. He can defend a way of life, shrouded in a religion, that has suicide bombing at its core. He can deny facts looming as large as the Holocaust and his own nuclear weapon intention.

But he can’t go to “Ground Zero.”

American remain the land of the free and the home of the politically correct.

Still, although Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad got attention on the U.S. national and the world stage Monday, it was all the wrong kind if you are a thinking human being.

Mr. Ahmadinejad praised the “hundreds of years, we’ve lived in friendship and brotherhood with the people of Iraq.”

He seemed to forget about a decade long carnage that killed one million people between Iran and Iraq in the 1980s. That war featured weapons of mass destruction – chemical weapons.

Mr. Ahmadinejad also didn’t seem aware of 500 years of fighting during the Ottoman Empire.

Dana Milbank of the Washington Post wrote, “‘Our people are the freest people in the world,’ said the man whose government executes dissidents, jails academics and stones people to death.”

Mr. Ahmadinejad is the vilest form of inhuman scum. What he and his government in Iran want is a radical Islamic state.

We had some taste of what such an Islamic state might look like earlier this year in Pakistan.

At the Lal Masjid (Red Mosque) in Islamabad, militant Islamic insurgents kidnapped policemen, set off bombs and conducted a six month stad-off with Pakistani police and Army officials. In one instance, Chinese women were kidnapped and accused of being prostitutes. The militants said they wanted to purify Pakistan and return it to a hard-core fundamentalist Islamic nation.

Islamabad’s most radical clerics used the Red Mosque’s thousands of students in an aggressive campaign to impose Taliban-style Islamic law in the capital.

The siege at the Red Mosque was grinding toward its conclusion on July 4, 2007.

We say to the Red Mosque rebels and Mr. Ahmadinejad: no thank you. The militants in Pakistan want a safe haven for waging the terror war against the non-Islamic world and Mr. Ahmadinejad is in that same club.Mr.

Ahmadinejad is not kidding and he is no joke. He brutalizes his own people, has no concept of human rights and smirks as he tells lies about his nation, his intentions and the United States and its allies.

Bravo to President Bollinger from Columbia for further exposing Mr. Ahmadinejad as the vilest form of inhuman scum he really is.

Ahmadinejad seeks to soothe critics

September 25, 2007

By JOHN DANISZEWSKI and NICOLAS B. TATRO, Associated Press Writers

NEW YORK – In his outward persona at least, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad came to this country to lessen hostility toward himself and to defend Iran, not to rabble-rouse and provoke hatred.

Whether he succeeded remains an open question.
In an interview with The Associated Press on Monday, Ahmadinejad presented his country as a reasonable seeker of peace and justice. He denied that it holds any violent intentions against the United States, Israel or any of its immediate neighbors.

“We seek detente,” Ahmadinejad declared. “Every stance and position has been toward peace.”

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad: Big Disappointment

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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.

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Ahmadinejad denies 9/11, Holocaust

September 24, 2007

By NAHAL TOOSI, Associated Press Writer

NEW YORK – Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad questioned the official version of the Sept. 11 attacks and defended the right to cast doubt on the Holocaust in a tense appearance at Columbia University, whose president accused the hard-line leader of behaving like “a petty and cruel dictator.”

Ahmadinejad smiled at first but appeared increasingly agitated, decrying the “insults” and “unfriendly treatment.” Columbia President Lee Bollinger and audience members took him to task over Iran’s human-rights record and foreign policy, as well as Ahmadinejad’s statements denying the Holocaust and calling for the disappearance of Israel.

“When you come to a place like this it makes you simply ridiculous,” Bollinger said. “The truth is that the Holocaust is the most documented event in human history.”

Ahmadinejad rose, also to applause, and after a religious invocation, said Bollinger’s opening was “an insult to information and the knowledge of the audience here.”

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Quotes from Ahmadinejad:

President Bollinger of Columbia University gets high marks.
Ahmadinejad: C-.

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