Sunday, September 24, 2006

The US media's interviews with Ahmadinejad: What a mockery!

Newsweek/Washington Post:

Are you really serious when you say that Israel should be wiped off the face of the earth?

AN-We need to look at the scene in the Middle East—60 years of war...

Your suggestion is to wipe Israel off the face of the earth?

AN-Our suggestion is very clear ...

You've been quoted as saying Israel should be wiped off the face of the earth. Is that your belief?

AN-What I have said has made my position clear...


You've made statements about the Holocaust, saying it was exaggerated. Is that your opinion?

AN-It's not the numbers that are important ...

TIME:

You have been quoted as saying Israel should be wiped off the map. Was that merely rhetoric, or do you mean it?

AN-People in the world are free to think the way they wish. We do not insist they should change their views

Anderson Cooper, CNN:

At the U.N., you spoke with great passion of -- of brotherhood, of peace and respect for all nations. Yet, in Tehran last year, you spoke about wiping Israel off -- off the face of the -- the map, wiping Israel off the face of the map. That doesn't sound to many people in the United States, not just in the government -- to many people here, who heard that through the media, that doesn't sound like great respect for other nations. Do you want to wipe Israel off the face of the map?

AN-I'm surprised why American politicians are so sensitive and biased with -- with regards to Israel...

Of course Ahmadinejad should be taken to the task for making such outrageous comments about Israel and the Holocaust. But for God's sake isn't there ANY OTHER QUESTION you can ask him? Why do you keep asking him the same questions over and over again, thus allowing him to preach you so arrogantly with the same nonsensical sermon? Why don't you grill him the way you do your own officials? What can he and his thugs do to you here in the land of free?

Why don't you ask him about imprisonment, torture and cold-blooded murder of Iranian students and pro-democracy activists? Why don't you ask him about his role in the assassination of Iranian dissidents in Austria in 1989? Why don't you ask him about human right's violations in Iran? Why don't you ask him about his regime closing more than 100 newspapers, jailing and torturing bloggers, filtering the internet and seizing people's satellite dish's (NBC's Brian Williams was the ONLY reporter who just touched on this subject). why don't you ask him about his involvement in the 1979 Iranian hostage crisis? why don't you ask him about his regime financing terrorist groups such as Hamas and Hezbollah?

After Ahmadinejad's session with with a high-level group from the Council on Foreign Relations for ninety minutes, the President of CFR, Richard Haas is quoted as saying: “I’m not sure we learned anything new,” and CFR reporter Bernard Gwertzmen admits: "Ahmadinejad repeated what he has said in previous interviews."

Really? I'm wondering why...

By the way, Anderson, we actually have a free press in America, unlike in parts of Iran? What on earth is "in parts of Iran" supposed to mean?