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America’s favorite megalomaniacal thug, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, was back in town yesterday to deliver a preview of what is expected to be a blistering anti-Western diatribe before the United Nations. Tuesday, Tehran’s despot wasted no time hectoring the West about the evils of capitalism and its “unjust government structures.” Ahmadinejad is something of an expert on unjust government structures, considering he has been “elected” in two very controversial “elections” and is the head of state of a misogynist, fanatical, repressive theocracy. The fact that the UN continues to provide a forum for dictators like Ahmadinejad further undermines whatever remains of that body’s credibility. The Iranian leader’s rants always evoke cheers from fellow tyrants who use the United Nations to alternately denounce the West and plead for more aid, but for the rest of the world, Ahmadinejad’s harangues grow ever more tiresome.
Were it not for the fact that Iran is both hellbent on destroying Israel and is moving ever closer to developing the nuclear means to accomplish that goal, it would be easy to dismiss the nation’s president as a joke. As it stands, the world has good reason to worry about Ahmadinejad, but those fears should provide all the more reason to deny him access to a forum that lends an air of legitimacy. Sadly, that has not been the case.
Ahmadinejad blamed those “unjust government structures” and “transnational corporations” for the world’s woes, declaring that capitalism is on death’s door. Yet, one cannot help but wonder how many of his abused, impoverished countrymen yearn for a bit of capitalism today. The Islamofascist regime that the Ayatollah Khoemeni founded thirty-one years ago hasn’t exactly created the paradise on earth that the mullahs promised. Except in the case of the mullahs and their hired hands, of course. Iran should be awash in petro-dollars. Instead, Iran’s leaders have squandered billions upon billions to develop nuclear weapons while millions of Iranians wallow in poverty and despair. No rational person in the civilized world believes that a country floating atop as much cheap, readily accessible crude oil as Iran would find nuclear energy economically desirable. Ahmadinejad knows that, but the lie that Iran needs nuclear energy to survive rolls as shamelessly off his tongue as do all his other mistruths.
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