(I know there are a lot of links in this post. If you doubt the veracity of a statement, just click.)
Yesterday, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad gave us these and many, many other thoughts to ponder:
MODERATOR: The first question is: Do you or your government seek the destruction of the state of Israel as a Jewish state?
AHMADINEJAD (THROUGH TRANSLATOR): We love all nations. We are friends with the Jewish people. There are many Jews in Iran, leaving peacefully [sic], with security.
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QUESTION: Mr. President… Iranian women are now denied basic human rights and your government has imposed draconian punishments, including execution on Iranian citizens who are homosexuals. Why are you doing those things?
AHMADINEJAD (THROUGH TRANSLATOR): Freedoms in Iran are genuine, true freedoms. Iranian people are free. Women in Iran enjoy the highest levels of freedom…
In Iran, we don’t have homosexuals, like in your country. We don’t have that in our country.
~From President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s speech at Columbia University, September 24, 2007
This morning, Thomas from Snowmass called President Ahmadinejad a sociopath. I could not agree more. What are some of the defining characteristics of a sociopath?
- Tendency to violate the rights of others
- Lack of remorse for hurting others
- Superficial charm
- Recklessness, impulsivity
Dr. Jaffrey questioned the wisdom of allowing President Ahmadinejad to speak at Columbia University. Ordinarily, I think the more light you can shine on a turd, the more people will avoid stepping in it, which kind’ve puts me in agreement with Michael… But after reading several pages of comments on this BBC News forum, I’m pretty sure Dr. Jaffrey is correct. For example,
The president of Iran had a wonderful chance at Columbia to act as the more educated and civil person, and he used that chance.
America needs to recognize that Iran’s hostilities will not falter as long as ours hold so high. A little bit of trust could make [Iran] no longer have desire to use the weapons they may or may not have. Unless the west intends on starting a war, it may be beneficial to placate them, otherwise we won’t make any progress whatsoever…
~Galen, Connecticut, USA [Comment on a BBC News forum]