Ed: 34: May/2009
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's tirade on April 20 to the United Nations' Durban II "anti-racism" conference in Geneva should not have surprised anyone.
We leave the UN precinct satisfied. The conference now seems totally undermined and Ahmadinejad has unwittingly alienated Iran from the rest of the nations. Our protest has worked both in the NGO hall and the plenary.
In Washington, a new president is reaching out to the Muslim world, including Iran. In Jerusalem, the new government represents the disillusionment of the Israeli public with 15 years of failed peace talks.
Jemaah Islamiah has for more than 15 years fought to transform Indonesia into an Islamist state. In recent years, its terrorist campaign has suffered setbacks. As Jemaah Islamiah regroups, it builds upon the experience of Middle East terrorist groups.
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, and many others in the Iranian Islamist regime, are true believers. The hatred, the distortions of history, the religiously-sourced arrogance he spouted in Geneva was not a cynical political ploy as much as an expression of firmly held ideology.