September 24, 2007
A 'Reasonable' Man VisitsBy James Lewis
"Bow down or burn in the fury of nations." is one of the little slogans coming from this week's creepy little visitor from Iran.
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has a personal sadistic quality that must have CIA psychiatrists scratching their heads. When he tried to smile in the direction of Ground Zero, pretending to express compassion for the victims of America's biggest bleeding wound in the jihad war, he gave out a triple message:
--- To the dupes and suckers on the Left, he is just "a reasonable man," as CBS' Mike Wallace called him last year;
--- to those who see him with naked eyes, the message is: You're next, buddy, as soon as I get my chance.
--- And to the folks back home, who have been fervently chanting "Death to America!" "Death to Israel!" for almost thirty years, he is winking and mugging and sending the message "Hooray!!! Three thousand Satanic dead!"
According to Brett Stephens in the Wall Street Journal last year,
It seems plausible. That mix between the smiling and the sadistic Ahmadinejad is perfect for a torturer, always promising smiling relief to his victims as soon as they "bow down," torn by panic and pain. When Mike Wallace came out of retirement to interview the reasonable Mr. Ahmadinejad last year, you could see the game being played with Wallace himself. Ahmadinejad hinted that he could kill the interview at any time, exactly the right lever to control Wallace's questions.
Has Mahmoud Strangelove stopped terminating people? Not according to Brett Stephens. Among his more recent victims are:
Feeling sick already? Well, don't forget the 15-year old girl who was hanged last year by her Shari'a judge for walking hand-in-hand with a 25 year old man. Hanging teenage girls appears to be something of a specialty of the mullahs. The judge had to hang the 15-year-old himself because the professional hangman refused to do the job.
And our media might remember Zahra Kazemi, a woman journalist with Canadian-Iranian nationality, who was raped and beaten to death last year. Her rapist-killer is now Iran's official representative on the United Nations Human Rights Commission.
Ahmadinejad is exactly the religious fanatic the Left is always pretending to see in peaceful Christians and orthodox Jews. MEMRI has quoted him:
This week Ahmadinejad has two chances to stir up mischief among the eager wishful thinkers in the Big Satan, one at Columbia University (which has just discovered academic freedom as a core value, even though Ahmadinejad is currently purging the universities in Iran). The other free publicity op is an invited speech to the National Press Club.
Ahmadinejad was Khomeini's errand boy during the US hostage crisis in 1979, has led the Quds Brigade that bombed Jewish synagogues in Buenos Aires and the US Marine Barracks in Lebanon, and since his take-over, has planted Iranian Revolutionary Guards throughout the Tehran government and economy. He has punished and purged students and faculty at Iranian universities, and sent high-tech IED to kill Americans in Iraq.
It is the glorification of martyrdom that sets Ahmadinejad apart from the run-of-the-mill sadistic tyrant with delusions of grandeur. It's quite likely that Ahmadinejad is looking forward to his own martyrdom, as part of a larger plan to draw other nations into disastrous warfare. Ahmadinejad may actually believe, as Mao Zedong once said of China, that Iran can sustain multiple nuclear attacks while the West could only tolerate one.
This guy is not your normal looney-tunes rogue leader; Rather than Brezhnev or even Kim Jong-il, he does not care if he lives after the Mahdi's Armageddon. Pol Pot with nukes, Allah, and plenty of spare cash.
As for Israel, John Podhoretz quoted him in the New York Post last September 6:
No doubt he feels this is a realistic goal and has in mind the plan to achieve it. All very reasonable in his worldview.
James Lewis blogs at dangeroustimes.wordpress.com.