Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, pronounced "MA(kh)-mood A(kh)-meh-DIN-eh-jahd," also known as "Mock Me Dad, I'm A Dinner Jacket," is the president of Iran, and a distant second in power to Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Although Ahmadinejad has denied accusations of anti-Semitism, he regularly spouts anti-Semitic canards such as his invocations of an international Jewish conspiracy and denial of the Holocaust. He has also endorsed 9/11 conspiracy theories. Though Ahmadinejad has not directly implicated Jews, a common anti-Semitic conspiracy theory is that Mossad launched the attacks in order to provoke US military action in the Middle East. However, claims that Ahmadinejad has called for Israel to be "wiped off the map" are based on sloppy translations and could be understood in the light of a tendency on the part of the Western powers to demonize their opponents.
He could well be considered the Islamic equivalent of ex-president Bush, as he too has a fanatical obsession with Armageddon. He eagerly awaits the return of the Imam Mahdi, essentially the Islamic equivalent of the messiah, going so far as to spend $17 million of government money on a mosque. There are parallels between Ahmadinejad's policies and Bush's support for faith based outreaches, as well as Bush's belief in the imminent return of a Certain Someone.
He became even more famous in the west for making the bizarre claim that: "In Iran we don't have homosexuals like in your country. In Iran we do not have this phenomenon." Some people have tried to rationalize this by saying that he was not denying that homosexual activity occurs in Iran, but that homosexuality is not part of one's identity as it is in the U.S. However, Ahmadinejad's media advisor later provided an explanation of the statement that contradicts this interpretation. In layman's terms, in Iran, homosexuals get the death penalty due to the fundamentalist state religion of that state.
Ahmadinejad "won" reelection in 2009. Although it had been anticipated that it would take some days to count the votes, the result was announced in a couple of hours. Furthermore in some voting areas the turnout was substantially greater than 100%. Consequently the results have been disputed, causing the greatest public unrest that Iran has seen in over a decade, including violence and mass protests.
- ↑ i.e., he has none.
- ↑ Iranian leader 'not anti-Semite', BBC
- ↑ The ADL's collection of his greatest hits.
- ↑ US, France, walk out during Ahmadinejad's UN speech, AFP
- ↑ Ahmadinejad Spews Raving Lunatic Anti-Semitism on 'Jerusalem Day', Juan Cole
- ↑ US Delegation Walks Out of Ahmadinejad Speech, ABC
- ↑ Hitchens, Hacker, and Hitchens, Juan Cole
- ↑ Ahmadinejad has no Jewish roots, The Guardian
- ↑ Charles Krauthammer: "In Iran, Arming for Armageddon," The Washington Post
- ↑ No Homosexuals in Iran!
- ↑ http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,301043,00.html