Home
In this issue
December 2, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

Heather Hale: Compliment your kids without giving them big heads

Megan Shauri: 10 ways you are ruining your own happiness

Carolyn Bigda: 8 Best Dividend Stocks for 2015

Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

Samantha Olson: The Crucial Mistake 55% Of Parents Are Making At Their Baby's Bedtime

Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

The Kosher Gourmet by Megan Gordon With its colorful cache of purples and oranges and reds, COLLARD GREEN SLAW is a marvelous mood booster --- not to mention just downright delish
April 18, 2014

Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review Sept. 26, 2007 / 14 Tishrei 5768

Ahmadinejad's real agenda

By Clarence Page


Printer Friendly Version
Email this article

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Isn't it ironic? Some of the same people who opposed Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's visit to Columbia University usually criticize political correctness that suppresses free speech. Everybody wants to censor something sometime.


Ahmadinejad knows. His regime censors people much of the time.


Like the protesters, I disagree with Ahmadinejad, but that's precisely why I want him to be heard. Nothing undercuts his credibility more than the sound of his own baloney.


The big headlines from his first big day in New York touted the "scorn" and "laughter" his remarks received. It is ironic that the promoters of liberal tolerance and political correctness who would be most likely to give Ahmadinejad a break probably were instead the most put off by his politically incorrect hypocrisy — if they weren't too preoccupied with laughing at him.


At Columbia University he declared, among other whoppers, "In Iran, we don't have homosexuals, like in your country." Right. Never mind human rights groups' reports of executions in Iran of juveniles and others for having an "illegal sexual relationship." Perhaps Ahmadinejad means Iran is doing its best to exterminate its homosexuals, if they can't drive them all underground.


He sparked even more "Say what?" moments at the National Press Club, where he took questions by videoconference before his Columbia University speech. I sat at the head table. Before Ahmadinejad spoke, Press Club President Jerry Zremski, Washington bureau chief of the Buffalo Evening News, already had a two-inch high stack of questions. Reporters and others didn't need a speech to help them think of questions for this newsmaker.


"We're not endorsing anything President Ahmadinejad has said or will say," Zremski said, "just as we didn't endorse what Fidel Castro and Nikita Kruschchev said when they spoke at the press club." Still, he told me the press club received some predictable hate mail referring to "liberals in the media" as "traitors of the worst kind." (Hey, people, he's the leader of Iran! He's news!)


"The freest women in the world are the women in Iran," he said through his persistent grin. Sure. Never mind the arrests and fines for women who fail to cover their hair or cover their bodies with non-clingy clothes.


And never mind those reports by human rights organizations of beatings and tortures of women who organize in Iran against unequal justice. "Well, human rights groups say what they want," Iran's president said. "They say and we tell them that they're wrong."


He similarly scoffed at a 2007 Amnesty International report that finds journalists and bloggers detained and sentenced to prison or flogging, and that at least 11 newspapers were closed by Iran's government. When two imprisoned journalists were named, he dismissed the information, saying that he had never heard of them. "In our country law prevails," he said. "Freedom is flowing at its highest level." Maybe Iranians at the highest level are free, but not everyone else is as lucky.


"Today, I feel all the weight of the modern civilized world yearning to express the revulsion at what you stand for," Columbia University president Lee Bollinger said — and that was in his introduction!


Yet I think Ahmadinejad's casual lying through his grins demonstrated a contempt for the intelligence of his audience that surely delights every despot on the planet.


And that, I believe, reveals his true agenda. In the wake of Saddam Hussein, Iran is jockeying to fill a big power vacuum in the Middle East. It is funding terrorist groups against Israel, training insurgents against American troops in Iraq, and sewing up new alliances in Iraq's Shiite majority to build a new version of the old Persian Empire for the Internet age.


As much as Ahmadinejad has us talking about free speech in the U.S., the more important story is in Iran. Iran's nuclear ambitions and its deadly mischief in international terrorist circles are urgent cause for our concern. But our quagmire in Iraq offers a warning as to why war should only be our final option in dealing with that part of the world when all alternatives have failed. Speech is a valuable tool against tyrants. We need to take full advantage of it, especially when tyrants can use it to discredit themselves.

Every weekday JewishWorldReview.com publishes what many in in the media and Washington consider "must-reading". Sign up for the daily JWR update. It's free. Just click here.

Comment on Clarence Page's column by clicking here.

Archives

© 2007, TMS

Columnists

Toons

Lifestyles