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Mahmoud and Jesus


Every Christmas Day Queen Elizabeth makes a short broadcast to the nation on television. She uses the occasion to support things like family ties, self-sacrifice, helping others. The personal and unpretentious talk serves to bring us together. Word is that she writes it herself.

Every year, Channel 4, a public service television channel funded by the taxpayer, offers an alternative to the Queen’s Speech. As you would expect with any government-subsided media, Channel 4 is a play-thing of the Left, with virtually nothing to offer to any thinking viewer. An alternative to the Queen’s Speech is the Left’s idea of humor.

This Christmas, Channel 4 gave the alternative speech to President Mahmoud Ahmedinejad of Iran. Again as you would expect, he produced Islamo-agitprop. The world has only to follow the way of the Prophets. When he rebuked “bullying, ill-tempered and expansionist powers,” he took it for granted that we would understand the reference to ourselves. He said, “If Christ were on earth today, undoubtedly he would hoist the banner of justice and love for humanity to oppose warmongers, occupiers, terrorists and bullies the world over.”

Here is the device common to the totalitarian mentality of accusing others of the crimes you yourself are committing. Iran’s proxy Hezbollah was responsible for launching the war of 2006; Iran is occupying parts of Lebanon; Iran sponsors terrorism at home and abroad; Iran is bullying its own subjects and its Arab and Israeli neighbours. Who really is the ill-tempered and expansionist power? What does this man know about justice and love for humanity?  In Iran, they stone women accused of adultery, and they execute homosexuals and others in public. Iran is reliably reported to be completing the development of an atom bomb capable of killing untold numbers of people. Love of humanity, indeed.

And who is he to be telling us what Christ might think today? A Shia Muslim himself, he runs a government that does not permit Sunni Muslim mosques in Tehran, that persecutes and imprisons and sometimes murders Bahai’s, Parsees, Jews, and Christians, and puts to death any Muslim who converts to Christianity. A photographer of Iranian origins was tortured to death in prison in Tehran because she was a naturalized Canadian.

Dorothy Byrne is Channel 4’s head of news and current affairs, and she justifies this specimen of Islamo-agitprop under her supervision: “We are offering our viewers an insight into an alternative world view.”  Insight? Alternative? Submission and disgrace are the proper terms for this program. Not so long ago, the Iranians were taking British sailors hostage, returning them in the words of Ahmedinejad as “a gift to Britain.”  Now he doesn’t even need to resort to force to bully us, as Dorothy Byrne and Channel 4 of their own free will have made a gift of Britain to Iran.


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