Ahmadinejad, Truther and Holocaust Denier
Engage with this man?
10:09 AM, Aug 9, 2010 • By GABRIEL SCHOENFELD
Meeting with a group of foreign policy writers last week, President Obama once again held open the possibility of engagement with Iran.
“President Obama put the issue of negotiating with Iran firmly back on the table Wednesday in an unusual White House session with journalists,” reported David Ignatius last week in the Washington Post. The president’s message, said Ignatius, who attended the meeting, “was that even as U.N. sanctions squeeze Tehran, he is leaving open a ‘pathway’ for a peaceful settlement of the nuclear issue.”
Others came away from the meeting with a somewhat different impression. Robert Kagan, who also attended, the White House meeting, wrote that:
Whether the president was holding the door wide open to engagement, per Ignatius, or just a crack, per Kagan, there is a moral issue here, and it was highlighted by a speech yesterday by Iran’s president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. MSNBC reports:
A complete listing of those who perished on 9/11 is widely available online. Ahmadinejad’s statement, together with his repeated assertion that the Holocaust—in which some six millions European Jews were murdered—is also a fabrication, yet again reveals that Iran’s head of state is a fantasist from the gutter.
The prospect of an American discussion ending in a handshake with such a regime should fill one with disgust. Of course, for peace it will be worth breathing the stench, some will say. But we’ve heard that bargain promoted before—most notably in the mid-point of the 20th century—and it did not avert war; it only fed ambitions that helped bring war about.