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26 September 2007 @ 10:50 pm
The Most Concise and Clear Statement I Can Agree With  
Wit and Wisdom of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
Submitted by Bill Weinberg on Tue, 09/25/2007 - 20:25.

Well, according to today's newspapers, the audience was jeering, not cheering. But I find it flabbergasting that those idiot leftists would cheer the man who spews forth such gems as this:

"In Iran, we don't have homosexuals like in your country. We don't have that. In Iran, we don't have that phenomenon."

Fortunately, this came in response to a question from a gay Columbia student about persecution of gays in Iran (as the Village Voice notes). I'm glad someone remembers (for instance) the public hanging of two teen-aged gay men in Mashad two summers ago (on bogus rape charges), which sparked (insufficient) global outrage. Doug Ireland was one of the few "progressive" journalists to take note of it.

Unfortunately, Ahmadinejad also said some stuff that was simply unarguable, like this:

"If you have created the fifth generation of atomic bombs and are testing them already, who are you to question other people who just want nuclear power."

Of course, it is utterly facile to point out US hypocrisy on the nuclear issue. But such simple logic has become so rare—indeed, virtually taboo—in US political discourse that its utterance from the lips of a homophobic, anti-feminist, Jew-hating, union-busting wacko thug like Ahmadinejad makes the idiot leftists cheer for him... Which is, of course, part of the problem: the nearly complete evisceration of any real progressive voice in this country (or globally...)

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