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Standing up to the Iranian Despot


Captain Ed picks up on the Holocaust (Denial) Conference in Tehran. Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadi-Nezhad opened proceedings, only to be challenged by some of his youngers and betters:

Students from a Teheran university cut off Ahmadinejad as he addressed the conference, shouting slurs like “corrupt,” “liar,” and “death to the dictator.”

The interruptions came in response to the intensified surveillance at the universities since Ahmadinejad came to power.

The Iranian president responded by accusing the hecklers of being “American.”

Just think about the courage it takes to stand up and heckle one of the most powerful members of a murderous theocracy. And then think about the willful ignorance of the misnamed “experts” in the equally misnamed “intelligence community,” who, along with an astonishing number of cynical intellectuals, insist that there really is no effective opposition to the regime in Iran. And toss in those who mouth the conventional wisdom that Ahmadi-Nezhad has coopted the young people by rallying them to his nationalist bellowing and his nuclear program.

Our failure to support these people reminds me of the bitter remark by a Lebanese Christian some years back: “the Western world should either support us, or change its name.”

Still true, by the way.


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