A reader commenting on the last post brought up an excellent point on how Ahmadinejad is capable of speaking clearly and intelligently, but when delivering political rhetoric, he can fall into the same gutter as western politicians and pundits. I would also add that the US media further smears the guy by quoting him selectively to help reinforce that 'whackjob' persona they have projected upon him. Have you noticed they always print photos of him that happened to catch his eyes blinking shut or narrowly squinting? Any public figure can be made to look like that.
The threat of war against Iran is quite real and will be an incalculable folly. The drumbeat of warmongering in the press has been stepping up the tempo of late, trying to build the (misleading) case that diplomacy has exhausted every avenue, while Iran flips off the international community and continues to develop nuclear weapons.
In the midst of this propaganda barrage, mention is never made of how Iran is a soverign nation, which is free to develop defensive weaponry as does everyone else. Many nations have developed nuclear capability, and we have not attacked them for it. Pakistan is an example of a far more dangerous situation, where instability could lead to a militant Islamic faction taking control of the nuclear arsenal. Then we have North Korea, actually having detonated one or two warheads and threatening to invade South Korea. Their "Dear Leader" is a dictionary definition of whackjob, but no drumbeat of attack plans is heard for that part of the world.
The primary threat that is cited is against Israel, but it's widely known that Israel has its own huge stockpile of nuclear weapons. They developed it covertly and never cooperated with any non-proliferation programs. Nothing has ever been said about this by American leaders. Obvious double standard, but generally not mentioned in press coverage.
One is left to conclude that the PTB have their own reasons for fomenting war in the Mideast, and will fabricate whatever justification needed. This was done for Iraq, Afghanistan, and now Iran.
The reader's comment reminded me of a old post I wrote early in 2009. Here is an excerpt that shows a different side of Ahmadinejad:
Offered here is a dramatic example of the disconnect between reality and what is reported by the MSM: Think of several countries that are depicted as “evil” and in need of “regime change”. Then read the following speech excerpt, and imagine that it could have been part of a sermon in your neighborhood church:
"The Almighty created the universe for human beings and human beings for Himself.
He created every human being with the ability to reach the heights of perfection. He called on man to make every effort to live a good life in this world and to work to achieve his everlasting life.
On this difficult and challenging journey of man from dust to the divine, He did not leave humanity to its own devices. He chose from those He created the most excellent as His Prophets to guide humanity.
All Prophets called for the worship of God, for love and brotherhood, for the establishment of justice and for love in human society. Jesus, the Son of Mary, is the standard-bearer of justice, of love for our fellow human beings, of the fight against tyranny, discrimination and injustice.
All the problems that have bedeviled humanity throughout the ages came about because humanity followed an evil path and disregarded the message of the Prophets.
Now as human society faces a myriad of problems and a succession of complex crises, the root causes can be found in humanity's rejection of that message, in particular the indifference of some governments and powers towards the teachings of the divine Prophets, especially those of Jesus Christ.
The crises in society, the family, morality, politics, security and the economy which have made life hard for humanity and continue to put great pressure on all nations have come about because the Prophets have been forgotten, the Almighty has been forgotten and some leaders are estranged from God.
If Christ were on earth today, undoubtedly He would stand with the people in opposition to bullying, ill-tempered and expansionist powers.
If Christ were on earth today, undoubtedly He would hoist the banner of justice and love for humanity to oppose warmongers, occupiers, terrorists and bullies the world over.
If Christ were on earth today, undoubtedly He would fight against the tyrannical policies of prevailing global economic and political systems, as He did in His lifetime.
The solution to today's problems is a return to the call of the divine Prophets. The solution to these crises is to follow the Prophets - they were sent by the Almighty for the good of humanity.
Today, the general will of nations is calling for fundamental change. This is now taking place. Demands for change, demands for transformation, demands for a return to human values are fast becoming the foremost demands of the nations of the world.
The response to these demands must be real and true. The prerequisite to this change is a change in goals, intentions and directions. If tyrannical goals are repackaged in an attractive and deceptive package and imposed on nations again, the people, awakened, will stand up against them.
Fortunately, today, as crises and despair multiply, a wave of hope is gathering momentum. Hope for a brighter future and hope for the establishment of justice, hope for real peace, hope for finding virtuous and pious rulers who love the people and want to serve them – and this is what the Almighty has promised."
OK, here is the source of this speech: Iranian President Ahmadinajad in his “Christmas Address” to the British People. What, it didn’t run in your newspaper? The talking heads on Fox didn’t show clips of the speech? How can this be? The press covered it in other parts of the globe.
I saw a few stories mentioning the speech, along with adjectives like “disgusting” and “insulting”, but with no actual copy included. Can’t have that; guess that wouldn’t support the establishment line that Iran is led by a crazed warmonger who is a threat to world peace. Even worse: What if some of his words actually make sense? Can we allow people to be subjected to this? Can people be entrusted with raw data and be allowed to do their own critical thinking?