Thursday, September 21, 2006

Being Too Polite To Tyrants: Ahmadinejad, Chavez Deserve Insults, Not Respect

Members of the Council on Foreign Relations were entirely too polite last night
in New York when Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the man who cheated his way into the presidency of Iran, figuratively threw bullshit into their faces with his smirks and anti-American remarks. The correct response for the people in attendance at this event would have been loud boos when Ahmadinejad cast aspersions, or even to throw an egg or two in his direction.

Similarly, when the dictator from Venezuela, Hugo Chavez, called President Bush a devil at the United Nations yesterday, he should have been barred by New York police from leaving the UN Building until he made an apology to the American people. There is no question but that Chavez actually helped Mr. Bush politically, since Americans resent having greasy foreigners trying to interfere in domestic politics, and even Democrats were assailing the Venezuelan for his remarks.

The United Nations habitually fails to stand up against dictators, scoundrels and genocide. Why the United States still contributes anything to this worthless organization is beyond all understanding. It stands with every tyranny on the face of the Earth.

As for Ahmadinejad, he has taken advantage of his visit to New York to play all his interlocutors as fools. A Nazi in all respects, and the exponent of the worst features of barbaric Islamic fundamentalism, the Iranian should have never been admitted to the United States, and it is a mistake for news anchors, such as NBC's Brian Williams, or CNN's Anderson Cooper, to give him the opportunity to peddle more of his lies in their interviews with him. Time magazine made him seem handsome on its cover this week, when it should have used one of those monstrously ugly covers it used to reserve for Mao Tse'tung.

The mayor of Chicago once said that if King George came to his city, he would punch him in the nose. That's an upstanding position, compared with the obsequiousness we see in the attitudes by the media and foreign policy establishments toward Ahmadinejad and Chavez.

As the late New York Times columnist James Reston used to say, it's time to call a spade a bloody shovel, in responding to thugs like these two dictators. A day of reckoning is coming with these men and the regimes they represent.

The New York Times, meanwhile, has an article from Vatican City today by Ian Fisher reporting that many Roman Catholics feel Pope Benedict has gone entirely too far in apologizing for his remarks about the frequently violent nature of Islam made in Germany last week.

It is high time, indeed, that we call evil what it is, and assail the evildoers at every opportunity.

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