“I have travelled to all the continents except for one,” Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said recently, “and I know what is going on out there. Everybody is eager to hear the Iranian people’s message. The world is rapidly becoming Ahmadinejadised.”
And he’s right: Ahmadinejadization is spreading. Its symptoms are clear from his Friday letter to the American people. Addressed to “Noble Americans,” in the letter Ahmadinejad calls on America to withdraw from Iraq, end support for Israel, and convert to Islam. If we do those three things, peace will ensue: we’ll be…Ahmadinejadized.
“Now that Iraq has a Constitution and an independent Assembly and Government,” he says, “would it not be more beneficial to bring the US officers and soldiers home, and to spend the astronomical US military expenditures in Iraq for the welfare and prosperity of the American people?” (When Tokyo Rose said things like that, at least she played some catchy pop tunes). Ahmadinejad, of course, has a deep concern for the welfare of the American people, as demonstrated by his earlier statement: “I say accomplishment of a world without America and Israel is both possible and feasible.” At the UN in September, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez echoed these words, saying: “The United States empire is on its way down and it will be finished in the near future, inshallah.” Chavez, you see, has been Ahmadinejadized.
“Persistent aggressions by the Zionists,” Ahmadinejad asserts, “are making life more and more difficult for the rightful owners of the land of Palestine…. What has blind support for the Zionists by the US administration brought for the American people? It is regrettable that for the US administration, the interests of these occupiers supersedes the interests of the American people and of the other nations of the world.” This manifestation of Ahmadinejadization is spreading even more rapidly than the first one. On November 17 the United Nations General Assembly voted 156-7 to call upon Israel to end its defensive actions in the Gaza Strip, while making no mention of the terror attacks Palestinian jihad groups have launched from Gaza since the September 2005 Israeli withdrawal from the Strip was supposed to usher in an era of peace. The UN, too, has been Ahmadinejadized.
The UN, of course, was the site of the most celebrated instance of Ahmadinejadization: when he addressed the General Assembly in September 2005, he said later that “one of our group told me that…he saw a green light come from around me, and I was placed inside this aura. I felt it myself. I felt that the atmosphere suddenly changed, and for those 27 or 28 minutes, all the leaders of the world did not blink. When I say they didn’t move an eyelid, I’m not exaggerating. They were looking as if a hand was holding them there, and had just opened their eyes – Alhamdulillah [thanks be to Allah]!” The leaders of the world were Ahmadinejadized.
And now the intrepid Iranian President wants the entire United States to experience the glories of Ahmadinejadization. “It is possible to govern based on an approach that is distinctly different from one of coercion, force and injustice. It is possible to sincerely serve and promote common human values, and honesty and compassion. It is possible to provide welfare and prosperity without tension, threats, imposition or war. It is possible to lead the world towards the aspired perfection by adhering to unity, monotheism, morality and spirituality and drawing upon the teachings of the Divine Prophets. Then, the American people, who are God-fearing and followers of Divine religions, will overcome every difficulty….We should all heed the Divine Word of the Holy Qur’an: ‘But those who repent, have faith and do good may receive Salvation. Your Lord, alone, creates and chooses as He will, and others have no part in His choice; Glorified is God and Exalted above any partners they ascribe to Him’ (28:67-68).”
That he chose a verse that rules out “partners” of Allah indicates that he intended a swipe at Christianity, as in the Islamic view Christians have associated “partners” with Allah by regarding Jesus as divine. Thus Ahmadinejad is calling upon Americans, and the world, to forsake Christianity for Islam. If we heeded this call, of course, we would be Ahmadinejadized.
He has skillfully couched his call in the language of freedom from “coercion, force and injustice,” and the promotion of “common human values, and honesty and compassion.” But no one should be fooled: behind his carefully chosen words is a reality, thinly disguised, of aspirations to genocide, along with the institutionalized subjugation of women and religious minorities, and the extinguishing of the freedoms of speech and conscience.
Those things are what the President of Iran wants for us most of all. They are the quintessence of Ahmadinejadization.
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