Saturday, July 02, 2005

Don Ahmadinejad

A new president is "elected" in the theocracy that is Iran, and whether or not Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was involved in the seizure of the U. S. Embassy in 1979, he is surely our enemy, as he is the enemy of the people of Iran. While the generation of Iranians that grew up in the wake of the Islamic Revolution grows increasingly unhappy with the repressive regime, the new president will play an important role in his country's drive to develop nuclear weapons.

As I read a story in the NY Times that paints Mr. Ahmadinejad in quite a favorable light (what a surprise), I couldn't help but notice the characteristics that he shares with a mob boss.
A shiny black Peugeot rolled to a stop, and there he was, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the president-elect of Iran, smiling through an open window, ready to greet a few of the people who have been coming to his street as a sort of pilgrimage since he won.
The people coming to pay respect to their new president. Did they kiss his ring?

...the neighbors were afraid to give their names.
Uh huh.
...every year for the Iranian New Year, Mr. Ahmadinejad invited the neighbors over for a celebration.
Sounds suspiciously like John Gotti's neighborhood parties.
It is a common practice in many Middle Eastern cultures for leaders to have audiences with citizens seeking help, or to accept their petitions for assistance. Mr. Ahmadinejad appears to take that custom to heart.

Mr. Ghorbani wanted to ask for a loan so he and a friend could open a cultural center in Tehran.
"Some day, and that day may never come, I'll call upon you to do a service for me."

Somehow, I don't think this is what the NY Times intended with this enlightening article.