Fear: Why the Media Won't Tell You What Ahmadinejad Said

A striking bit of journalistic malpractice seems to have affected
the mainstream media web sites this morning, as news site after news
site failed to provide their readers with the transcript of Iranian
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad speech last night to the United Nations.

As of noon at ABC News, it is as if Ahmadinejad never spoke, as
their was no reference to his address in front of the United Nations on
their Web site’s front page, and is notably absent from the headlines
of their political section as well. I had to search Google News to find
this report on their site, which did not link to the transcript, nor provide Ahmadinejad's closing remarks.

Likewise, Ahmadinejad’s speech was not easily found on the CBS News
site, and when an article was found buried below the fold of their
International news section, their story, as well, did not provide a transcript nor a summation of his closing remarks.

The New York Times had Bush's transcript from hours before, but
couldn't be troubled to run that of the Iranian President. CNN did

The Boston Globe, Fox News, MSNBC, and most other news organizations
also failed to either discuss the apocalyptic overtones of the Iranian
President's remarks, or provide a transcript from easily available wire
reports. To their credit, the Washington Post at least provided the transcript far down on their World News page, though they provided precious little commentary otherwise.

What is the reason the world media was apparently so eager to bury
the content what was a highly anticipated speech by Iran’s flamboyant

It was likely his dark conclusion:

Whether we like it or not, justice, peace and virtue will sooner or
later prevail in the world, with the will of the almighty God. It is
imperative and also desirable that we, too, contribute to the promotion
of justice and virtue.

The almighty and merciful God, who is the creator of the universe,
is also its lord and ruler. Justice is his command. He commands his
creatures to support one another in good, virtue, and piety, and not in
decadence and corruption.

He commands his creatures to enjoin one another to righteousness and
virtue, and not to sin and transgression. All divine prophets, from the
prophet Adam, peace be upon him, to the prophet Moses, to the prophet
Jesus Christ, to the prophet Mohammad, have all called humanity to
monotheism, justice, brotherhood, love and compassion.

Is it not possible to build a better world based on monotheism,
justice, love and respect for the rights of human beings and thereby
transform animosities into friendship?

I emphatically declare that today's world, more than ever before,
longs for just and righteous people, with love for all humanity, and,
above all, longs for the perfect righteous human being and the real
savior who has been promised to all peoples and who will establish
justice, peace and brotherhood on the planet.

Oh, almighty God, all men and women are your creatures and you have
ordained their guidance and salvation. Bestow upon humanity that thirst
for justice, the perfect human being promised to all by you, and makers
among his followers and among those who strive for his return and his

This same Iranian President spoke in front of the United Nations
previously on September 17, 2005, a fact also missing from many news
accounts of the last week. Those that did mention Ahmadinejad's
September speech uniformly left off the fact that Ahmadinejad claimed
that his September speech in Front of the same United Nations chamber
was touched by the Divine:

Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad says that when he delivered his
speech at the UN General Assembly in September, he felt there was a
light around him and that the attention of the world leaders in the
audience was unblinkingly focused upon him. The claim has caused a stir
in Iran, as a transcript and video recording of Ahmadinejad's comments
have been published on an Iranian website, baztab.com. There are also
reports that a CD showing Ahmadinejad making the comments also has been
widely distributed in Iran. Is the Iranian president claiming to be
divinely inspired?

Prague, 29 November 2005 (RFE/RL) -- According the report by
baztab.com, President Ahmadinejad made the comments in a meeting with
one of Iran's leading clerics, Ayatollah Javadi Amoli.

Ahmadinejad said that someone present at the UN told him that a
light surrounded him while he was delivering his speech to the General
Assembly. The Iranian president added that he also sensed it.

"He said when you began with the words 'in the name of God,' I saw
that you became surrounded by a light until the end [of the speech],"
Ahmadinejad appears to say in the video. "I felt it myself, too. I felt
that all of a sudden the atmosphere changed there, and for 27-28
minutes all the leaders did not blink."

Ahmadinejad adds that he is not exaggerating.

"I am not exaggerating when I say they did not blink; it's not an
exaggeration, because I was looking," he says. "They were astonished as
if a hand held them there and made them sit. It had opened their eyes
and ears for the message of the Islamic Republic."

During this same speech, Ahmadinejad called for the near-term
reappearance of the 12th Imam, who he feels will redeem the world
through an apocalypse he feels his sect has the right and
responsibility to create. As I noted in August, the mullahcracy that runs Iran belongs to the apocalyptic Hojjatieh sect, a branch of Shia Islam so radical it was banned in 1983 by Ayatollah Khomeini. Their views are, to put it mildly, are startling:

...rooted in the Shiite ideology of martyrdom and violence, the
Hojjatieh sect adds messianic and apocalyptic elements to an already
volatile theology. They believe that chaos and bloodshed must precede
the return of the 12th Imam, called the Mahdi. But unlike the biblical
apocalypse, where the return of Jesus is preceded by waves of divinely
decreed natural disasters, the summoning of the Mahdi through chaos and
violence is wholly in the realm of human action. The Hojjatieh faith
puts inordinate stress on the human ability to direct divinely
appointed events. By creating the apocalyptic chaos, the Hojjatiehs
believe it is entirely in the power of believers to affect the Mahdi’s
reappearance, the institution of Islamic government worldwide, and the
destruction of all competing faiths.

Ahmadinejad's speech last night echoed his beliefs last night. When
he stated, "Whether we like it or not, justice, peace and virtue will
sooner or later prevail in the world," sooner is now and later is a
point that eerily seems to coincide with when many intelligence experts
feel Iran may have the capability to build a functional nuclear weapon,
and bring about the man-made Armageddon that the Hojjatieh sect feels
is their obligation to Allah.

This leads us back full-circle to ask once more why major U.S. and
world media outlets have largely refused to issue transcripts of
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's speech last night to the United Nations, and why
they chose to embargo his dramatic closing provided above.

I submit that if the media covered Ahmadinejad's full remarks
including the religious references that they clearly and cleverly
omitted, then they would have to confront the scope of the clear and
present danger that the Iranian regime presents to the rest of the
world. Admitting this danger goes against the carefully crafted
narrative that they have led themselves to believe, a narrative that
they have passed along to their readers and viewers that the United
States and Israel are the root causes of problems in the Middle East.

To admit the dangers of the intertwining of Iranian nuclear weapons
development with a radical and apocalyptic eschatology is to admit that
President George W. Bush is correct in his determination to prevent
Iran from developing the ability to effect a religious nuclear war. It
is to admit that there are far greater dangers to our freedoms than
terrorist surveillance programs and chilled members of al Qaeda.

To admit that Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad means precisely what he says, and has said time and again, is to admit to larger dangers that neither the press nor the Democratic party they overwhelming support
can admit. To admit to the truth—to show what Iran and its leader
represent as a threat to the world—is to shatter a carefully crafted
illusion they have formulated that most of the problems of the world
originate at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

When faced with revealing a truth that would create cognitive
dissonance, the media has made the subconscious decision to simply
excise, and then ignore, the facts that undercut their "larger truth."
They’d rather risk lives than admit the possibility that President
Bush's concerns about a nuclear-armed Iran are precisely on target.

They aren't scared about the possibility of millions of people
dying. That are far more fearful that the President is right, and that
the world they've created for themselves is all too wrong.

Cross-posted at Confederate Yankee.

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