Ahmadinejad's Occupy Outreach

Why there is a natural affinity between the Iranian regime and Occupy radicals.

What’s the difference between a meeting of the General Assembly of the United Nations, and a meeting of Occupy Wall Street? Indoor toilets.

That’s what we learned this week when Iranian president and genocidal Islamist Mahmoud Ahmadinejad visited New York. The fact that thugs like Ahmadinejad can visit America’s largest city – a city they’d love to see in flames – without being arrested for war crimes defies logic. But what defies common decency is the fact that while Ahmadinejad addressed a high-level U.N. meeting on promoting the rule of law, the American envoys sat respectfully and listened.

What did they hear? The usual litany of anti-Semitic bull that Ahmadinejad regularly includes in his Mother’s Day greetings. He said that Israel should be “eliminated.” He said, “Fundamentally we do not take seriously the threats of the Zionists. We have all the defensive means at our disposal and are ready to defend ourselves.” He claimed that the Jews “have no roots there in history,” referring to Israel. “We do believe that they have found themselves at a dead end and they are seeking new adventures in order to escape this dead end. Iran will not be damaged with foreign bombs.”

The White House promptly condemned Ahmadinejad’s words. After refusing to walk out on them, of course. Ahmadinejad will speak again on Wednesday. At that speech, the US envoys are expected to walk out. But not before having granted him the legitimacy of staying the first time.

Why did the US envoys stick around? Presumably, they wanted to keep a low profile. They didn’t want a retaliatory walkout by the Iranian diplomats when President Obama takes to the podium. And they didn’t care if they granted legitimacy to one of the world’s worst regimes. After all, they’ve been legitimizing that evil regime for years, undercutting Israel’s security at every turn in order to do so.

After his speech at the General Assembly, Ahmadinejad got ready to meet with some of his best friends: Piers Morgan of CNN, and, allegedly, Occupy Wall Street activists. According to the Iranian Fars News Agency, “Ahmadinejad is also set to meet American university students, artists, intellectuals and elites, including Occupy Wall Street anti-capitalist protestors, despite the ongoing efforts made by the pro-Zionist lobbies to prevent direct link between American people and the Iranian president.”

This is not the first time that Ahmadinejad has broken bread with the Occupy crowd. He invited several professors from Occupy to Tehran in April 2012 to chat about the evils of capitalism.

Overall, it’s not too odd that the Obama administration is so friendly with Occupy, and that Occupy is so friendly with Ahmadinejad. They all share a common frame of reference: anti-capitalism, and the belief that Israel is a colonial outpost in the Middle East. The Occupy movement, which Obama supports, has always been strongly tinged with anti-Semitism – an anti-Semitism Obama has never condemned with anywhere near the same vigor with which he condemned a random anti-Islam YouTube video. Obama still has not called on Occupy not to meet with Ahmadinejad. He’s been too busy hanging out with Joy Behar, playing “eye candy” for her, on The View.

The alliance between the far left and the Islamist movement crystallizes around their mutual hatred for Israel. The same folks who booed Jerusalem in the Democratic Party platform – a platform originally approved by the Obama team – are only too happy to watch Iran go nuclear. And those folks are only too happy to watch American power in the Middle East diminish. For the president to grant either Ahmadinejad or Occupy the patina of credibility is nothing less than despicable.

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