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Iranian President Mahmoud Achmadinejad's speeches to Columbia University, the National Press Club and the UN this week served to promote his propaganda

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Ahmadinejad: He thinks He Can Make the Rules

Iranian President Mahmoud Achmadinejad’s speeches to Columbia University, the National Press Club and the UN this week served to promote his propaganda

There were two very different ideologies in play at the United Nations general assembly in New York in this extraordinary week. On the one hand was our American President George Bush talking about the need for the U.N. to rise up and help free held hostage to repressive governments and militant regimes. On the other was the Iranian “President” trying to the turn the tables on the civilized world by saying that it is the free nations of the planet who are acting arrogantly and who have blood on their hands.

Like the smart alek, petty dictator he is, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad came waltzing into New York, buoyed by the receptions accorded him from the liberal academia, most notably Columbia University, trying to outsmart the American people with his own smirking brand of bravado and innuendo.

Addressing the U.N., Ahmadinejad said:

"In the last two years, abusing the Security Council, the arrogant powers have repeatedly accused Iran and even made military threats and imposed illegal sanctions against it…Previously, they illegally insisted on politicizing the Iranian nation’s nuclear case, but today, because of the resistance of the Iranian nation, the issue is back to the (International Atomic Energy Agency), and I officially announce that in our opinion the nuclear issue of Iran is now closed and has turned into an ordinary agency matter (and not a Security Council issue)…Our country has decided to "to pursue the issue through appropriate legal paths … and to disregard unlawful and political impositions by the arrogant powers.”
If the stakes were not so high both for the free and the oppressed people of the world, his little act would be laughable. As if he hasn’t made any “military threats” against any other country. But we must not be fooled: the more he uses the word “arrogant,” we must see clearly that he is talking about himself. The stakes are indeed very high and the time for rhetoric, which continues to be the chosen approach of some of even our most “senior” thinkers and governmental leaders, including former U.S. National Security Advisors, Zbigniew Brzezinski and Brent Scowcroft, in an effort to countermand and reign in this miserable and childish bully, has long since passed.

The issue is really very simple. And it was stated clearly by President Bush years ago:

“Iran should not have nuclear weapons.” Dictator Ahmadinejad tries to make the case that all Iran wants is nuclear power for peaceful purposes, and that they have no intention of bombing anyone. Of course he has been saying for some time that Israel should be blown off the face of the world and that the U.S. is the Great Satan. Nicaraguan dictator Daniel Ortega went even further in his support of Iran saying that the United States is “"the only country in the world to have dropped nuclear bombs on innocent people," and has no right to question the right of Iran and North Korea to pursue nuclear technology for "peaceful purposes."

"And even if they want nuclear power for purposes that are not peaceful, with what right does (the U.S.) question it?" he told the world leaders.

The answer to that should be obvious, Senor Ortega, but let it be said now for the record: Because we want the world –or at least our part of it — to survive in peace and freedom. We are a super power that has a democratic government that is the best hope for freedom for all mankind, and we are therefore by some higher design and by necessary choice the only nation that can attempt, with the support of others, to keep the world peace. The detonation of a nuclear weapon has terrible consequences, especially those now with the enriched power much more deadly than those used in WWII. And last we checked, it was Japan that started the war with us. After Pearl Harbor, they were hardly innocents. Yet, we only utilized the bomb in Japan as a last resort, after several repeated warnings to the government and to the civilians because the nation would not give up their fight and threatened to kill as many of our people as they could no matter what the cost to their nation and their own people. Much like the Iranian regime does today.

We do not advocate the utter destruction of another nation that has shown no military threat through thought, words and deeds against us. But we must not be cowards. We must be ready to stand strong. The best development regarding the current Iranian threat is that both France and Germany are daring now, with new and younger blood in their governments, to join us in admitting the threat and sounding as if they are ready to respond to it:

— French President Nicolas Sarkozy warned the assembly that allowing Iran to arm itself with nuclear weapons would be an "unacceptable risk to stability in the region and in the world…There will not be peace in the world if the international community falters in the face of the proliferation of nuclear arms…The Iranian crisis will only be resolved if firmness and dialogue go hand-in-hand," he declared.

— German Chancellor Angela Merkel also threatened tougher sanctions against Iran. She said:

"The world should not have to prove to Iran that it is building a (nuclear) bomb, but Iran must convince the world that it doesn’t want to build a nuclear bomb.”

— Former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, according to Associated Press reports, said “Ahmadinejad should not have been invited to address the General Assembly…He is expanding a fanatic doctrine of genocide. He is developing nuclear weapons to achieve it. He is denying the Holocaust. Imagine someone who denied that slavery existed and they want to knock an African nation off the map. You would not invite them.”

It might be a good thing that Ahmadinejad was allowed to come into our democracy and speak his mind. But it may be that his speeches were aimed not at us, but at achieving a propaganda victory over us that can be used throughout the Muslim world. He may have beclouded the threat his nation poses to all who seem peace.

But the hour is getting late and there are many, even here, who still want to hold talks, have “dialogues,” try to reach compromises and all the rest of that nonsense that just does not work on errant children. No, Ahmadinejad is acting as if he makes the rules and all the rest of us must obey. It is time the world handed him his hat, showed him the door and kicked his backside, and out of the nuclear club his terrorist regime so badly wants to join.

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Mr. Weinberger is the son of the late U.S. Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger. A 1968 graduate of Harvard College, Weinberger is a writer and lecturer on world events. A former television writer, producer and director for NBC affiliate KRON-TV in San Francisco, he served in both California Gov. and President Ronald Reagan's administrations. He now resides in Maine.

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