Wednesday, December 14, 2005
This is ridiculous: once again lunatic Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad went off the deep end, and once again the diplomat-speak of the Western world allowed him to maintain some dignity.
Ahmadinejad said the Holocaust is a myth.
The Holocaust is the most extensively documented systematic state-controlled mass slaughter in the history of the world.
Ahmadinejad is a liar.
But the Western diplomats refuse to denounce him in language that is appropriate.
German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier: "The recent remarks by the Iranian president ... are certainly shocking and unacceptable. I cannot deny that they may weigh on our bilateral relations and naturally also on the chances for the negotiations on (Iran's) so-called nuclear dossier."
European Commission spokeswoman Emma Udwin described the remarks as "completely unacceptable" because "such interventions will do nothing to rebuild confidence in Iran's intentions."
And even the Israelis acted like Frenchmen: "The combination of extremist ideology, a warped understanding of reality and nuclear weapons is a combination that no-one in the international community can accept," said Israeli foreign ministry spokesman Mark Regev.
Here is the answer they should have given: President Ahmadinejad has lied to the world. His statements are evil and false. The Holocaust is an historical fact. If any non-Muslim said that Mohammed never existed, that statement would have no more veracity than President Ahmadinejad's declaration. Unless President Ahmadinejad can speak honestly, Iran will be ill-served by his leadership.
I'm waiting for the day when the Western diplomats will be as forthright and direct as the fools they deal with in regimes such as Iran, No. Korea and Syria.