Ahmadinejad’s visit to New York City and our march to war with Iran

I just had to comment on the complete assininity of US and Israeli officials over the impending Ahmadinejad visit to Columbia University tomorrow (9/24) and to the UN the next day.  Here is what one man said from the Haaretz:

“Israel’s United Nations envoy Dan Gillerman told the Conference of Presidents of Major Jewish Organization that a visit by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to Ground Zero would be similar to a visit by a resurrected Hitler to Auschwitz.”

This is insane.  The comparison couldn’t be more different.  Pres. A had zero to do with 9/11.  Nothing.  Our media and government have made him into our enemy, quoting him as saying that he wants Israel wiped off of the map. 

I can’t believe the use we get out of that mistranslation.  He never said any such thing, and yet our warmonger press and government continue to repeat it as if it were God’s own truth.  Pres. A has never been proven to be seeking after nuclear weapons by the IAEA or anyone else and yet our population continues to obediently follow along the prescribed path toward a war with Iran… after the desires of the neocon secret combination.

There was a similar incident a year ago when Romney refused to provide security for ex Pres. Khatami in his visit to Harvard.  Khatami was considered a moderate leader of Iran in his time, yet Romney called him a terrorist. 

We are marching right down the path to war with Iran and all of the havoc it will wreak upon the world with a blindness equaled by our pre-Iraq war blindness only.



4 Responses to “Ahmadinejad’s visit to New York City and our march to war with Iran”

  1. 2 theradicalmormon September 24, 2007 at 6:51 pm

    Thanks Connor. That is a great article by Greenwald. I love the beginning to his post where he says:

    “All of the hysteria over Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s speaking at Columbia University is so tiresome for so many reasons, beginning with the fact that it is all rather transparently motivated by exactly what Juan Cole says: “The real reason his visit is controversial is that the American right has decided the United States needs to go to war against Iran. Ahmadinejad is therefore being configured as an enemy head of state.”

    “In their minds, we are at war with Iran — even though, in reality, i.e., according to our Constitution, we are not — and all of the ensuing hysteria is rooted in the fantasy world they occupy in which Iran is our Enemy at War. By their nature, such fantasies cannot be reasoned with.”

  2. 3 theradicalmormon September 24, 2007 at 6:54 pm

    I’m following the NY Times blog which is updating every few minutes on the Ahmedinejad speech. Interesting stuff. He is being attacked fairly strongly by Pres. Bollinger and is doing a halfway decent job answering his Q’s as far as I can tell. Regarding the Holocaust as a myth issue he has just said this:

    Updated, 2:31 p.m. | Mr. Ahmadinejad took up the issues of Israel and the Holocaust, among the most explosive issues he has discussed. He said:

    “You know that my main job is as a university instructor. Right now, as president of Iran, I still continue teaching graduate and PhD-level courses on a weekly basis. My students are working with me in scientific fields. I believe that I am an academic myself, so I speak to you from an academic point of view. And I raise two questions. But instead of a response, I got a wave of insults and allegations against me. And regretfully, they came mostly from groups who claimed most to believe in the freedom of speech and of information.
    You know quite well that Palestine is an old wound – as old as 60 years. For 60 years, these people are displaced. For 60 years, they are being killed. For 60 years, on a daily basis there’s conflict and terror, for 60 years, innocent women and children are destroyed and killed by helicopters and airplanes that rake the houses over their heads. Children in schools are being tortured, for 60 years, the slogan of expansionism, from the Nile to the Euphrates has been chanted.
    Given that the Holocaust is a present reality of our time, a history that occurred, why is there not sufficient research that can approach the topic from different perspectives?
    We need to still question whether the Palestinian people should be paying for it or not. After all, it happened in Europe. The Palestinian people had no role in it. Why is it that the Palestinian people are paying the price for an event they had nothing to do with?
    They had no role to play in World War II. They were living with the Jewish and Christian communities in peace at the time. They didn’t have any problems. Today, too, Jews, Christians and Muslims live in brotherhood in many parts of the world. Why is it that Palestinians should pay a price – innocent Palestinians – for 5 million people to remain displaced and refugees abroad, for 60 years? Is this not a crime? Is asking about these crimes a crime in itself? Why should an academic like myself face insults for asking questions like this?”

    You’ve got to admit, he’s got a great point.

  3. 4 Connor September 24, 2007 at 8:15 pm

    He had several good points in his speech, as well as in the CBS interview he gave. My favorite part was his emphasis that the American government is not the same thing as the American people — especially when the majority of Americans disagree with what the current administration is currently doing.

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