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Confronting Ahmadinejad

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June 17, 2011 08:13

“Silence in the face of evil is itself evil... Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act.” – Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad 311. (photo credit:MCT)

While on assignment in Astana, Kazakhstan, on Wednesday, Herb Keinon, this paper’s diplomatic correspondent, had the harrowing experience of attending a conference of heads of state that featured as an honored guest-speaker a man “who, if he just could, would love to incinerate me and mine and all that is dear to me.”

Particularly discomfiting for Keinon was the fact that the man, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, was received with a remarkable equanimity as he spouted his vicious verbal abuse of Israel, the US and the West. His statement to the effect that 60 plus years of Zionism has brought only humiliation and destruction to the Palestinians and the region evoked no more of a response than his harangue blaming the US and the West for, among other things, 9/11, which, he said, was the pretext for wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

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