mahnmut: (An understanding has been reached.)
...or so it seems. Otherwise, how would you explain people getting really so worked up about what that douche says?

Sometimes I wonder about people's ability to prioritize between the stuff that really matters and that, other stuff, which, you know, makes the headlines.

But it was a nice experiment, you'll have to give me that. ;-)
mahnmut: (ROFL MAO!)
The U.S. delegation walked out of the U.N. speech of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Thursday after he said some in the world have speculated that Americans were behind the Sept. 11 terror attacks, staged in an attempt to assure Israel's survival.

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Hey, guy is a douche. But those who are essentially saying "I don't want to hear this" are not helping the rest of us understand what a douche he truly is. Well done two douches walking out of his speech. Keep doing that.

It goes like this:

1) Iranian leader criticizes US, making shit up - US walks off plugging their ears and saying "I'm not hearing you! Da da da daaaa!"
2) US leaders criticize Iran demonizing it whatever it does - Iran shows the middle finger saying "I'm not hearing you! Da da da daaa!"

Etc.

And each of them is happy while we all get oh so worked up about it.

Btw here's my definition of 'Truther': someone who seeks for the Truth, and in the process creates his own.
mahnmut: (ROFL MAO!)
The president also referred to some western propagation methods and superstitions, such as highlighting the news on the predictions of an octopus, or some fortune tellers on the results of the 2010 Football World Cup, arguing, “Such people cannot be the leaders of the world nations towards human perfection, while the Iranian nation with its love for the entire blessed values, is after establishing a humane world that would move towards absolute perfection.

Oh dear.

Get a life, biach! :-)))
mahnmut: (Albert thinks ur funny.)
Watch how when it comes to common general knowledge, the US passers-by get pwned by their Iranian counterparts :-P


Behind the Veil - Ayatollah You So
Jason Jones finds out how cut off Iranians are from the Western world after playing "Jihad Walking."

mahnmut: (The Swallows have won!)
Everybody's scratching their fingers all about Iran these days, regardless of how much they know or don't know on the matter. Until a few weeks ago, the only way to mention Iran was in relation to their nuke program, how they'd erase Israel from the map, and how eevul the Iranians are (Axis, anyone?)  And now, suddenly everyone cares so much about democracy in Iran, isn't it amazing? I should jump on the bandwagon too - how come I still haven't made a green icon saying "Where's my/their/any vote?" In this sense, what [livejournal.com profile] nairiporter   suggested in a recent discussion (guess about what? - sure, about Iran!) made me think...


Is it just me who has this feeling that Iran has successfully diverted the attention from its nuclear program?

June 2009.
IAEA: Iran, what`s going on with your nuclear program?
Iran: Give me a break, can`t you see we are having political unrest here?

August 2009.
Iran: Those hippies from the opposition have finally shut up. Oh, by the way, we now have nukes.
IAEA: Oh fuck...



I know, I'm being a trollish asshole in this case, and playing devil's advocate hasn't been my speciality, but as cynical as it sounds, it makes an awful lot of sense, doesn't it? Or I'm just being stupid. Make your call.


(Of course, in order to broaden the debate, I'll block comments here and instead encourage everyone who has to say something, to spit it here.)

mahnmut: (Short cut? Must be electricity.)

Left: Ahmadinnerjacket. Right: Shrub Dubya. Notice the similarities?
mahnmut: (U R finish'd...)

IRAN: Hillary's threat to "obliterate" in war reverberates

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Better be careful what you say in the heat of a political campaign. It could have global repercussions.

480pxhillary_rodham_clinton_2Presidential contender Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's vow to "obliterate" Iran, presumably with nuclear weapons, if it attacked Israel on her watch was duly noted in the U.S.

[UPDATE: To see a video and full transcript of the comment, click here.]

Jaded American insiders shrugged off the remark as typical campaign season bluster, filed away with myriad other exaggerations and gaffes.

But it prompted shock overseas as well as headlines from Bulgaria to New Zealand.

The statement triggered alarm bells in the Persian Gulf, which would likely suffer the consequences of any war between Iran and the U.S. In a harshly worded editorial, the Saudi-based daily Arab News trashed Clinton's comment today as insane:

This is the foreign politics of the madhouse. It demonstrates the same doltish ignorance that has distinguished Bush’s foreign relations. It offers only violence where there should be negotiations and war where there could be peace. At a stroke, Clinton demonstrated to everyone in this region that if she were the next occupant of the White House, Iraq-like death and destruction would be the order of the day.

The paper generally stays  true to the line of the Saudi government, which is a key U.S. ally. But criticism of the remark also came from even friendlier quarters.

In the United Kingdom, which has been a steadfast U.S. ally in Iraq and Afghanistan as well as on the issue of Iran, Lord Mark Malloch-Brown, a ranking British diplomat, criticized Clinton's remark as gratuitous:

While it is reasonable to warn Iran of the consequence of it continuing to develop nuclear weapons and what those real consequences bring to its security, it is not probably prudent ... in today's world to threaten to obliterate any other country and in many cases civilians resident in such a country.

Borzou Daragahi in Beirut



Meanwhile...

Russia warned that it would regard any U.S. military strike against Iran as an attack on Russia itself -- raising the threat of Russian retaliation.

Putin is stepping down as president in May, but there's no guarantee that his successor, Dimitry Medvedev, won't maintain Putin's tough stance on Iran.

http://www.skeeterbitesreport.com/2007/11/putin-russia-may-strike-back-if-us.html

mahnmut: (Quaero togam pacem.)
Gay Iranian Fights For Asylum In Europe
19-Year-Old Man's Plea Initially Rejected By U.K., Says Boyfriend Executed In Iran


The Netherlands' highest court rejected a gay Iranian asylum seeker's last-ditch bid to avoid deportation to Britain, where he fears authorities will send him back to Tehran and possible execution.

In a ruling published on its Web site Tuesday, the Council of State said Britain is responsible for Mehdi Kazemi's case, because it was there that the 19-year-old first applied for asylum.

Gay rights campaigner Rene van Soeren said Kazemi's Dutch lawyer was considering an appeal to the European Court of Human Rights. The lawyer, Borg Palm, did not immediately return calls seeking comment.

Boris van der Ham, a lawmaker who has taken up Kazemi's cause, has tabled questions in Parliament asking the junior minister for immigration, Nebahat Albayrak, to lobby British authorities on Kazemi's behalf.

Albayrak should either urge Britain not to send Kazemi back to Iran or offer him asylum in the Netherlands, Van der Ham said in a telephone interview.  ...


Blindfolded Mahmoud Asgari, 16, left, and another unidentified teenager are set to be publicly hanged, in Mashhad, Iran, on charges of raping boys in this photo taken on July 19, 2005. Adovcacy groups say homosexuality is often punished by execution in Iran

No sh&t?

Dec. 17th, 2007 11:34 pm
mahnmut: (Quaero togam pacem)
Bush supports Russia sending enriched uranium to Iran

Supports, my ass X-)
mahnmut: (Quaero togam pacem)
"Armageddon is postponed" (with 10 to 15 years?)
http://www.time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,1690696,00.html?imw=Y

Iran is a rabid dog: Don't even think about kicking it, the Arabs tell us. If you have to do something, shoot it dead. Which is something the United States can't do.
mahnmut: (Quaero togam pacem)
"The elected leader of Iran said that what occurred during his trip underlined two important facts; it revealed the righteousness of the Iranian nation, and the degree of the enemies' hostility towards Iran." from an article entitled President Ahmadinejad says Columbia* University "lost its reputation" (i know the site isn't the most reliable source but this is not the main issue here).

Ahmadinejad's mission to US was a tremendous success for his true employers** who are pulling the strings of this marionette. It achieved its purpose, to move things one step closer to bringing public opinion in favor of a US invasion in Iran. The Plan is working right, up till now. Soon there'll be plenty of work for CNN.
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* the name of the university where he delivered the speech wasn't coincidental either
mahnmut: (Quaero togam pacem)
The opening speech from Bollinger was stupid and reminds one of immaturity and outright rudeness... There might have been valid points, but this is not the way to welcome a speaker. My respect for America is sinking like the Titanic! You say free speech? Im starting to laugh in your direction! What you have today is called "controlled speech", but nevertheless, a great initiative from Columbia Uni to let this event take place.

Iranian leader gets hot welcome to Columbia University
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