Trapped in the Nut House

I injured my right shoulder and elbow a few days ago, and I am in occasional but excruciating pain, which I suppose is just as well, seeing as how it’s preventing me from putting my fist through a wall whenever I read or listen to the news. Take Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s visit to Columbia University, which demonstrated once and for all his disconnect with reality. On the Holocaust, he said:

You shouldn’t ask me why I’m asking questions. You should ask yourselves why you think that that’s questionable? Why do you want to stop the progress of science and research? Do you ever take what’s known as absolute in physics?

The Holocaust isn’t some esoterical subject. It happened. If you keep insisting that it needs to be researched further, you’re not going to convince anyone you’re not a revisionist. And then when asked about gays, Ahmadinejad offered this:

In Iran, we don’t have homosexuals, like in your country. We don’t have that in our country. In Iran, we do not have this phenomenon. I don’t know who’s told you that we have it.

The power of denial will never cease to amaze.

Nor was Ahmadinejad the only one to make ignorant comments that day. In his introduction, Columbia President Lee Bollinger referred to Ahmadinejad as “a petty and cruel dictator.” He must have a new definition of ‘dictator’ in mind. Ahmadinejad was elected (on a platform of economic reforms, by the way, which he has failed to deliver.)

And, to compound the madness, look at this headline from the Los Angeles Times: “Ahmadinejad Hailed in Middle East.” The source for this fantastical claim about millions of people? Why, a handful of people in Cairo, of course.

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