It’s stunning to listen to Ahmadinejad’s longwinded rant. He can’t expect Americans to believe him because it’s the type of rant that only the most delusional people could believe. Here’s one of the biggest whoppers:
While Divine providence has placed Iran and the United States geographically far apart, we should be cognizant that human values and our common human spirit, which proclaim the dignity and exalted worth of all human beings, have brought our two great nations of Iran and the United States closer together.
If you’re going to parse Old Mahmoud’s words, it’s important to remember that he thinks of Jews as the descendants of apes and pigs; therefore, they aren’t humans. Therefore, in his mind, he isn’t contradicting himself when (a) he says that Israel must be wiped from the face of the earth and that (b) he talks about the “exalted worth of all human beings.” It’s important to know that he’s hoping that we won’t put those things together. He’s hoping that a few politicians ignore his hatred and instead pressure President Bush into having a conference that wouldn’t accomplish anything.
Both greatly value and readily embrace the promotion of human ideals such as compassion, empathy, respect for the rights of human beings, securing justice and equity, and defending the innocent and the weak against oppressors and bullies.
I’m not holding my breath waiting for the Western press to ask how Ahmadinejad works toward “securing justice and equity, and defending the innocent.” I’d further like the Western press to ask Ahmadinejad thinks are “oppressors and bullies” besides Israel, the British and America. Would he include Syria and the Sudanese government in that list of bullies and oppressors? If not, why not?
We all deplore injustice, the trampling of peoplesâ€™ rights and the intimidation and humiliation of human beings.
Old Mahmoud just might be delusional enough to think he’s fooling people by talking about “the trampling of peoplesâ€™ rights” when his country doesn’t recognize women as human beings. I think that we’d agree that’s intimidating and humiliating to them.
We, like you, are aggrieved by the ever-worsening pain and misery of the Palestinian people. Persistent aggressions by the Zionists are making life more and more difficult for the rightful owners of the land of Palestine. In broad day-light, in front of cameras and before the eyes of the world, they are bombarding innocent defenseless civilians, bulldozing houses, firing machine guns at students in the streets and alleys, and subjecting their families to endless grief.
That paragraph starts what I call the talking out of both sides of his mouth section because he started the letter by talking about “the dignity and exalted worth of all human beings” but then quickly turning to decry the hatemongering Zionists who are “firing machine guns at students in the streets” while “subjecting [Palestinian] families to endless grief.” He further says that Israel, which was created by the UN, isn’t the “rightful owners” of the land they live in. Rather, he contests that Palestinians are the “rightful owners.” Forgive me if I don’t excuse the hypocrisy of his doubletalk. Actually, that’s typical of terrorists, who talk peace to the world but who foment violence against anyone who doesn’t think like them.
Letâ€™s take a look at Iraq. Since the commencement of the US military presence in Iraq, hundreds of thousands of Iraqis have been killed, maimed or displaced. Terrorism in Iraq has grown exponentially. With the presence of the US military in Iraq, nothing has been done to rebuild the ruins, to restore the infrastructure or to alleviate poverty.
Yes, let’s examine what’s happening in Iraq, Mahmoud. Yes, terrorism has grown in Iraq. He shouldn’t be bashful, though, because it’s increasing thanks to his funding it. Let’s examine the “infrastructure” that hasn’t been restored. Is Mahmoud talking about the great oil production infrastructure that Saddam built? Or is Old Mahmoud talking about the paved streets and concrete sidewalks paid for by Saddam’s last public works bill?
Or is it a different type of infrastructure altogether that we haven’t noticed? It seems to me that one type of infrastructure that Saddam has built that we aren’t rebuilding is the infrastructure Saddam put in place for his ‘Oil-For-Food’ Scandal. For that matter, let’s ask Old Mahmoud how a foreign nation can “alleviate poverty” in a nation left in utter shambles because a tyrant raided Iraq’s oil revenues for his own gain.
The bottom line on his letter to the United States is that it’s really about reinforcing in his countrymen’s minds that Israel and America are the Satans and that he’s their only protector against the Zionists and intruders. This letter won’t get a minute’s worth of serious consideration by serious American politicians.
Of course, that doesn’t mean that Democrats won’t adopt his letter as part of their daily talking points.
Cross-posted at California Conservative