Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad recently visited
Speaking through an interpreter, the president side-stepped answering questions by asking questions in a Socratic manner. In other words, he dodged the questions in typical politician-like style. One pundit noted that Ahmadinejad asked twice as many questions as he was asked. Maybe I should try that method the next time my wife asks me where I had been all night.
Ahmadinejad startled everyone during the talk when he proclaimed with a confident smile that there are no homosexuals in
Ahmadinejad spoke at the United Nations the next day as did President George Bush. Neither man met with the other, nor were there any Senator Larry Craig sightings in the men's room stalls. The
The Iranian president was highly critical of the
Mr. Ahmadinejad should know of what he speaks. The Iranian government is an expert at terrorizing its citizenry. The ayatollahs know how to suppress. Amnesty International just reported that
One of the big mysteries is why all the fuss over Ahmadinejad? This former mayor of
And let's be honest. The Iranian economy is not doing well despite huge oil and natural gas revenues. Ahmadinejad was elected to root-out corruption and improve the economy, especially for the poor. All recent news stories paint a portrait of a floundering Ahmadinejad presidency. Inflation, unemployment and poverty are very high. Surprising numbers of Iranian homeowners have become rich due to rising real estate values. Those many millions of Iranians who rent are being squeezed hard by the same rising real estate. Ahmadinejad's popularity has been sinking all across the Iranian political and economic spectrum.
A long-held political principle says that when you as a national leader are in trouble domestically, tightly wrap yourself in the flag and turn international. This is exactly what Ahmadinejad is doing and the ayatollahs allow it. The strategy has some appeal. Ahmadinejad is popular in the third-world. They love the image of this austere, simple and devout Muslim, striding about the worlds' stage and jabbing his finger in the ample eyes of those oppressive, Zionist westerners, particularly the rich and fat bullies from the
Perhaps this is the real value of watching Ahmadinejad perform, no matter how bad the script and acting may be. He is a representative of those repressive governments around the world who rely on police-state tactics rather than legitimate democratic institutions, to acquire and retain power over their bludgeoned citizens. He is a near perfect spokesman for that role. We shall see how long this tragic play runs.
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