interview with Ahmadinejad

Der Spiegel has a fascinating and occasionally surreal interview with Iranian PM Ahmadinejad. The first page is largely them not communicating about the holocaust, which was fascinating and surreal, but the second page gets interesting.

Ahmadinejad: Allow me to encourage a discussion on the following question: How long do you think the world can be governed by the rhetoric of a handful of Western powers? Whenever they hold something against someone, they start spreading propaganda and lies, defamation and blackmail. How much longer can that go on?

He has a point here. A few, actually.

It also makes me wonder, given the average lack of knowledge of the rest of the world’s people’s, cultures, and beliefs, (and the way what we do know largely comes through an inept media), how we hope to have a meeting of minds. Having to conduct discourse in the West within the frame of reference of propaganda makes this nigh impossible when meeting with those who live outside that propaganda sphere unless we are to be exceptionally tolerant and open minded and resist imposing our notions of what is real as we are wont to do backed by superior force and the glistening truth of science.

No Responses to “interview with Ahmadinejad”

  1.   Pearce
    June 1st, 2006 | 4:56 pm

    Great interview. He seems more intelligent and less unbalanced than some prominent Western leaders I could name.

  2.   Michael
    June 3rd, 2006 | 10:42 am

    Less unbalanced? He’s sitting on 1/7th of the worlds Natural Gas Reserves and claims to need (the more expensive) nuclear energy.

    Perhaps Ahmadinejad needs to reflect on why the UN doesn’t trust him, not the other way around.

  3.   Administrator
    June 4th, 2006 | 2:17 pm

    If people have a problem with Ahmadinejad, one wonders why the offer in 2003 from his moderate predecessor, Khatami, to recognise Israel, put pressure on Hizbollah and Palestine, sign the additional protocols of the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, and give full cooperation to the International Atomic Energy Agency and generally enter the internation community was rejected out of hand by Bush – who in fact reprimanded the Swiss embassy for passing the offer along.