To anyone who thinks I’m a tad unfair to Mad Mo’, consider a sample from Mad Mo’s repertoire:
- Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has openly called for Israel to be wiped off the map — AlJazeera
- Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has described the Holocaust as “a myth” — CNN
- Ahmadinejad: Be assured that the US and Israel will soon end lives — ynet News
The point? To any who think some of us sustaining members of the Vast Right Wing Conspiracy are too hard on Mad Mo’, please consider that one of two things, but not both, may be true about him.
First, take Ahmadinejad at his word. He means to destroy Israel, and he truly believes the Holocaust didn’t happen. In the first instance, he isn’t fit to be allowed to enter our country. In the second instance, he is either dumber than a box of hammers, or a rabid anti-Semite. I don’t think he’s dumb, just evil on both counts. He means what he says. Keeping evil men such as this out of our country is a no-brainer.
Second, we could assume that Ahmadinejad is merely bloviating, as many do in his part of the world. That is, going into rhetorical excesses, but just doing so for effect. He really doesn’t want to wipe Israel off the map; he really does know the Holocaust happened. If this is the case, fine. But why should we allow a liar and fool into our country?
For any who would be foreign policy “realists,” one must take one’s adversary at their word. To assume otherwise is to believe in the good intentions of foreign leaders in the face of lots of evidence that their intentions are anything but.
This is not realism. It is living in Neverneverland.