Most of the gay blogs I visit are spending time talking about Ahmadinejad’s remarks yesterday that Iran “has no homosexuals.” Anyone surprised at this facist take on gay rights in that country has clearly not been paying attention. They don’t have that problem. Find ’em, kill ’em, no problem. Why the surprise?
NDT & QJ are busy spending time condemning Columbia University’s Bollinger for his condemnation of Ahmadinejad before letting him speak, after inviting him specifically to speak. While I understand and agree with their collective point, I think they’re missing the larger one.
Frankly, Bollinger should be condemned for allowing Ahmadinejad to speak at all. If I can’t yell fire in a crowded theater, then a man who has vowed to wipe a nation off the map shouldn’t be allowed to speak at a university. This villian places no value on anything American. He is a facist tyrant with an agenda. Period. We have no obligation to afford him any niceties, and he should have been arrested as a terrorist criminal the minute he set foot outside of the U.N. As Clinton is often condemned for not nabbing Osama Bin Laden when he had the chance, mark my words, so will this administration be condemned for not nabbing Amadinejad when they had the chance.
Today, while addressing the United Nations, Amadinejad declared the nuclear issue “closed” as a political issue.
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran told the United Nations General Assembly this afternoon that “the nuclear issue of Iran is now closed,” asserting that his government would disregard calls by “arrogant powers” to end its uranium enrichment.
Mr. Ahmadinejad said that his country’s nuclear power development was “completely peaceful and transparent,” and that his government had delivered “the most extensive cooperation” with the International Atomic Energy Agency, the United Nations’ nuclear watchdog.
“Thus far, Iran has fulfilled all of its obligations,” he said, and would “disregard unlawful and political impositions by the arrogant powers,” a thinly veiled reference to the United States.
Today the House passed a bill naming the Iranian Revolutionary Guard as a terrorist organization.
Congress signaled its disapproval of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad with a vote Tuesday to tighten sanctions against his government and a call to designate his Revolutionary Guard a terrorist group.
The swift rebuke was a rare display of bipartisan cooperation in a Congress bitterly divided on the Iraq war. It reflected lawmakers’ long-standing nervousness about Tehran’s intentions in the region, particularly toward Israel—a sentiment fueled by the pro-Israeli lobby whose influence reaches across party lines in Congress.
Various news outlets have reported on supposed arms shipments in Iraq that have come from Iran. Just last week we found SAM’s that are purportedly Iranian in origin. And listen to the propaganda coming from this Iranian General:
“Our enemies are not crazy enough to commit an act of military aggression against Iran,” Major General Hassan Firuzabadi stated, adding that if the enemies of the Islamic Republic make such a mistake, they will certainly face a crushing response from Iran.
The country’s defensive weapons are designed and manufactured domestically and according to the military doctrine of the Islamic Republic, which is based on defense against enemies, Firuzabadi explained.
He went on to say that Iran possesses such vast and varied military equipment and weaponry that the global hegemonistic powers cannot imagine launching a military attack against the country.
Ah, the old “double-dog dare.”
Just this month Iran demonstrated their new jet, the Saegheh, or “Thunder,” and claimed it could strike anywhere inside Israel. And they’ve told the Japanese to start paying for their oil in yen instead of dollars.
What we are witnessing is an international game of chicken. Only a madman would play it against Bush.
Of course this is all speculation. But I’d really like someone to convince me that this isn’t all a run-up to war with Iran.