>I read JapanToday most days, and the following is from that source, except for the barbs on each:
Ahmadinejad dropped Holocaust denial from speech
A Tiny Subterfuge: A day after Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad caused an uproar with a speech attacking Israel at a U.N. conference on racism, the U.N. said Tuesday that Ahmadinejad had actually dropped language from the speech that described the Holocaust as “ambiguous and dubious.”
That Phoney B…Who knew? When I Slapped His Hand I Saw Him Wince: Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said he had met with the Iranian president before his speech Monday and reminded him the U.N. had adopted resolutions “to revoke the equation of Zionism with racism and to reaffirm the historical facts of the Holocaust.”
But oh this guy is sly and dishonest. His first-grade teacher must have had quite a time with him: Ahmadinejad may have decided to drop the Holocaust phrase that was in his original text to deliver his condemnation of Israel in a more palatable fashion for many countries.
This is because he’s so nasty, not at all like nice-guy Obama. It’s got to make you wonder how America under Barak Obama can stand up to him: Still, Ahmadinejad’s accusation that the West used the Holocaust as a “pretext” for aggression against Palestinians still provoked walkouts by delegates including every European Union country in attendance. But others, including those from the Vatican, stayed because they said he stopped short of denying the Holocaust.
You can’t throw water balloons, so what else could we do?: The walkout came after Ahmadinejad accused Western nations of complicity in violence against Palestinians surrounding the foundation of Israel.
He has a guilty mind: The original text of his speech said “following World War II, they resorted to military aggression to make an entire nation homeless on the pretext of Jewish sufferings and the ambiguous and dubious question of Holocaust.”
You can’t believe a word he says. Make sure you frisk him at the door for guns: U.N. spokeswoman Marie Heuze said U.N. officials had checked back with the interpreters and the Farsi recording of Ahmadinejad’s speech, and determined that the Iranian president had dropped the terms “ambiguous and dubious,” referring instead in Farsi to “the abuse of the question of the Holocaust.”
Course it didn’t: Adding to the confusion, the live English translation of the speech did not mention the word “Holocaust” at all, while the French stayed true to the spoken words of Ahmadinejad. The English translator apparently was following the prepared text and stopped speaking when the Iranian president changed the wording.
Rainbow wigs and Clown noses are hardly what should have been thrown at him: The meeting turned chaotic from the start when two protesters in rainbow wigs tossed red clown noses at Ahmadinejad as he began his speech with a Muslim prayer. A Jewish student group from France said it had been trying to convey “the masquerade that this conference represents.”
We missed all the fun. I told our leader we should stick around and get in on the Brouhaha: The United States and eight other Western countries had already boycotted the event that started on the eve of Israel’s Holocaust Remembrance Day, because of concerns Muslim countries would drown out all other issues with calls to denounce Israel and restrict free speech when it comes to criticizing Islam.
It wouldn’t matter if a thousand countries signed it, the Jews are still uncomfortable that Iran wants to bomb it out of existence: Over 100 other countries on Tuesday approved a 16-page declaration calling on the world to combat intolerance. The declaration did not mention Israel, but among dozens of other points, it reaffirms a 2001 statement issued after the U.N.’s first global racism meeting in South Africa that recognized the “plight of the Palestinians” while affirming the Jewish state’s right to security.
It had to say something: That support of the 2001 document was cited by President Barack Obama’s administration as the reason it boycotted the Geneva meeting.
You bumb, Obama, you stiffed your own color: African-American groups participating in the conference sharply criticized Obama and his administration for not attending and not signing its declaration against racism.
Now Obama knows what it feels like to be president of a multi-racial, multi-colored country: “The boycott of the Obama administration both saddens us and angers us,” said Jaribu Hill, executive director of the Mississippi Workers’ Center for Human Rights.
That’s a great line — Obama merely “stands inside black skin” What is he, some kind of carnival character to be laughed at?: “We will not let Mr Obama off the hook simply because he stands inside black skin, or because his campaign served to energize and inspire thousands of young people and people of color,” she said.
After all the negativity, he was glad to get anything out of this fight: Ban, the U.N. chief, was heartened at the adoption of the declaration by consensus and urged countries not at the conference to rejoin the fight against racism.
Good point. If you said you’d fight or debate the guy, you’ve got to show up, coward: In Paris, France’s foreign minister criticized the U.S. decision to stay away from an event featuring Ahmadinejad while declaring itself open for negotiations on Iran’s nuclear program.
Mistake? Is there some hidden, ominous meaning in this?: “More than a paradox, it could really be a mistake,” Bernard Kouchner said.
I’ll bet Benjamin did, and it likely said: “It was so nice of you guys to shun that obtuse Ahmadinejad monster and refuse to attend his coming out party”: But Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sent a note Tuesday thanking those nations that boycotted the Geneva conference.
Well, when you turn your stage over to a total stinker, what do you expect? “This decision restored a bit of sanity to a world in which an anti-racism conference turns its stage over to a Holocaust denier who expresses his desire to wipe Israel off the map,” the note said, according to his office.
I told you ‘A’ is not brilliant. He’s going on past fumes and hasn’t an incredibly original idea in his narrow head: Most of Ahmadinejad’s rhetoric was not new but its timing and high profile could complicate U.S. efforts to warm ties with the Islamic republic. Alejandro Wolff, the U.S. deputy ambassador to the United Nations, denounced what he called “the Ahmadinejad spectacle.”
I stunk it up in New York, but they love me in Tehran. They’d better, or I’ll have the whole lost of them shot: In Tehran, some 200 people gathered at the airport to give Ahmadinejad a hero’s welcome as he returned home.
Ahmadinejad owns all the TV stations, even writes his own copy: Iranian state TV described him as having defended Palestinian rights against a racist regime. The official IRNA news agency quoted lawmaker Mohammad Reza Bahonar as saying that Ahmadinejad’s speech in Geneva was a “great achievement for (Iran’s ruling) system.”
Not a high number expelled for the ruckus caused. But it’s like an umpire throwing players out of the game. They know the game can’t continue and they won’t get paid if they clear both dugouts: The U.N. said it expelled 13 people Tuesday from the conference, including members of Jewish and Iranian groups that disrupted Ahmadinejad’s speech.
There’s no dignity left on Earth. Let’s hold this on Mars next year: “At the United Nations we demand that conferences and debates be held in a spirit of mutual respect and dignity,” Heuze said.