Friday, February 24, 2006
You certainly recall the furor that erupted around certain outrageous remarks made two months ago by the new president of Iran, deranged lunatic Mahmoud Ahmadinejad:
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has described the Holocaust as "a myth" and suggested that Israel be moved to Europe, the United States, Canada or Alaska.Many people reading the above are understandably confused as to whether we should attack Iran immediately or give it operational control of 21 U.S. ports. From a December 2000 WaPo story, unearthed by our eminent colleague Matt Yglesias of Tapped:
The United States, Israel and the European Commission -- along with individual European countries -- have condemned the remark.
Ahmadinejad sparked widespread international condemnation in October when he called for Israel to be "wiped off the map."
Last week, he also expressed doubt about the killing by the Nazis of six million Jews during World War II, but Wednesday was the first occasion when he said in public that the Holocaust was a myth . . . .
The White House said the comments underlined the need for the international community to work together to "keep Iran from developing nuclear weapons."
"All responsible leaders in the international community recognize how outrageous such comments are," spokesman Scott McClellan said, Reuters reported.
Harvard Divinity School has agreed to return a $2.5 million gift from the president of the United Arab Emirates after 18 months of controversy over the donor's alleged connection to anti-Semitic and anti-American propaganda, Harvard officials said yesterday.The good news: if the U.S. military did in fact stage the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, then the President is absolutely right when he tells us we needn't worry our beautiful minds about Dubai's connections to Al Qaeda. Does he perhaps know something we don't?
While not unprecedented, the university's return of a major donation is rare. It followed a campaign by some students and faculty members to protest the inflammatory activities of a think tank named for the UAE's unelected leader, Sheik Zayed bin Sultan Nahayan. . . .
Seven of the divinity school's 39 faculty members and hundreds of students and alumni had signed petitions urging Harvard to reject the gift. The petitions cited the activities of the Abu Dhabi-based Zayed International Center for Coordination and Follow-Up, which sponsored lectures and publications claiming that Zionists -- rather than Nazis -- were responsible for the Holocaust and that the U.S. military staged the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.