Monday, September 24, 2007

Liar Liar And A Wonderful Surprise

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of the Islamic Republic of Iran is busy running around New York lying with his stupid grin on his face.

'L' is for liar.

Earlier, in a video conference with reporters in Washington, Ahmadinejad accused Israel of occupation and racism."

We do not recognize that regime (Israel) because it is based on occupation and racism. It constantly attacks its neighbors," Ahmadinejad said in a video news conference from New York with the National Press Club in Washington, citing recent Israeli military action in Syria and Lebanon.

"It kills people. It drives people from their homes."
Ahmadinejad also rejected criticism of human rights in his country, notably persecution of homosexuals: "In Iran we do don't have homosexuals like in your country," he said, sparking loud laughter from the audience. "In Iran we do not have this phenomenon. I do not know who has told you we have it."

That last one was particularly good in pointing out how absurd his statements are. (in a way he is right, they don't have homosexuals like we do here - they hang anyone who dares to reveal themselves.)

I watched the 60 Minute interview last night and the speech at Columbia today. The more I listen to him the more I became convinced it is best to let the whole world watch how he lies.

Some redemption for Columbia President Lee Bollinger for his introduction speech.

Introducing him, Columbia University President Lee Bollinger said that Ahmadinejad behaved as a "petty and cruel dictator" and that his Holocaust denials suggested he was either "brazenly provocative or astonishingly uneducated."

Bollinger asked a string of tough questions, most of which Ahmadinejad ignored in a 30-minute speech which dwelt at length on science as a gift from God and the importance of using knowledge and learning purely and in a pious way.

Wonderful setup. A large middle finger to the audience that applauded Ahmadinejad when he complained about criticism before he even gave his speech. Bollinger was perfectly correct in pointing out issues that Ahmadinejad has widely expressed and daring him to address them honestly.

Now about his request to visit Ground Zero. I say tell him he can, just as soon as he makes a public apology for Iran for taking our embassy and holding 52 hostages for 444 days.



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