Monday, September 24, 2007

The Visit of Ahmadinejad

In an interesting twist, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the President of Iran, one of our biggest security threats at home and abroad, and (surprise!) one of our most outspoken critics, has visited our nation today. He even made a stop at Columbia University in New York City. He found his greeting less than cordial.

Not only were there tens of thousands of people in the streets protesting his speech before the U.N. council, but he was called names and booed in his speech before the students at Columbia. What surprises me most is that these generally liberal students were not seeking to promote him above our nation's interests. He may have been likewise surprised.

In one of the most humorous moments of the speech, when questioned about having denied the Holocaust, he claimed he had never done so and then, mincing words, denied the Holocaust again! "There's nothing known as absolute." He also suggested that the Holocaust has been misused to promote the country of Israel to the abuse of surrounding nations.

President Ahmadinejad also suggested that Al-Qaeda was not, in fact, responsible for the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center, intoning that there may be an American Government cover-up. Throughout his speech, the Iranian President was expectedly pro-Muslim, yet unrealistically so. He presented his country as upholding only the best of Muslim character, uniformly. He posited that there were not the moral struggles (using the example of homosexuality) existing there as in the U.S.

Might I suggest that his obviously mellow performance at Columbia is meant to uphold the outrageous statements he has made in the past. No blame may be placed at Muslim feet for wars, or torture, or terrorism. Muslims are a friendly, noble, moral, and misunderstood lot. The trouble lies with the immoral West. One good thing about giving this man the spotlight is that the world may see what a liar and fool he really is. His speeches today do not bring any glory to Iran, or to the Muslim world as a whole. In this spirit, I can't wait to see more of Mr. Ahmadinejad.

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