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Newsweek: Bush Is Just Like Ahmadinejad

From the DNC’s Newsweek:

Telling Jokes in Iran

The elites mock the president as a religious extremist with a lousy approval rating. Iran may be more like America than you think.

Iranian President Ahmadinejad endures some of the same barbs from Iranian journalists that Bush gets from the American press corps

June 20, 2007 – If you think Jay Leno is hard on George W. Bush, you should hear some of the jokes going around Tehran these days about Mahmoud Ahmadinejad—often passed around by cell-phone text message. “He has constipation of the brain, but diarrhea of the mouth,” goes one of the latest jibes.

A common theme is to compare the Iranian president with the equally despised Bush. “Mr. Bush is your Ahmadinejad,” cracked Mohamed Atrianfar, head of the editorial board of the quasi-independent Hammihan newspaper, as we sat in his spacious top-floor office the other day.

In one edition of his magazine, Today’s Citizen—which Atrianfar began putting out when his newspaper was briefly banned—he laid out pictures of Bush and Ahmadinejad side by side and compared their alleged faults: simple-mindedness, arrogance, a tendency to wisecrack and use common language unbecoming of a president and a habit of pandering to their conservative political bases while shrugging off what the world thinks of them.

Above all, many Iranians—especially those from upscale North Tehran, where contempt of the populist Ahmadinejad runs deep—believe that both men cynically use religious fervor for political ends. Hence another joke heard around town: “Well, we finally managed to export our revolution—to the U.S.!” That’s a reference to Bush’s regular invocation of the Almighty to justify his policies (“Freedom is not America’s gift to the world, it is God’s gift to mankind” used to be one of his favorite phrases). To Iranian ears, this sounds very similar to the kind of rhetoric they hear from the mullahs about Iran’s role in spreading the word about Allah.

Bush and Ahmadinejad are simply seen as two extremists ranting at each other, with ordinary Iranians (and Americans) “caught in the line of fire,” as Mohammadreza Behzadian, head of the Tehran Chamber of Commerce, puts it…

Many Iranians recognize that Ahmadinejad has badly deepened their country’s international isolation

The upshot is that while Americans are focused on who will replace Bush in the 2008 race, Iran’s next presidential election in 2009 is equally up in the air. And Ahmadinejad, whose approval ratings dipped to near-Bush levels at 35 percent late last year (according to Iranian state TV), is facing a tough re-election fight by most accounts. In Tehran, some people I talked in the last few days think that the hostile U.S.-Iran relationship has little chance of being resolved until both men are gone from power. And that’s no joke.

It’s hard to believe, but I’m told that once upon a time they were a real news magazine.

And not just an outlet for rabid America-hating propaganda, like they are today.

That’s a reference to Bush’s regular invocation of the Almighty to justify his policies (“Freedom is not America’s gift to the world, it is God’s gift to mankind” used to be one of his favorite phrases). To Iranian ears, this sounds very similar to the kind of rhetoric they hear from the mullahs about Iran’s role in spreading the word about Allah.

Clearly Bush sounds just like Ahmadinejad not just to (made-up) “Iranian ears.” But to anyone blinded by a rabid hatred of this country and Western Civilization in general. Like the reporters at Newsweek.

Indeed, be sure to catch their exclusive and loving interview with their idol, Ali Larijani, Iran’s chief “negotiator” for its nuclear weapons program.

Thank goodness Newsweek gave this notorious liar a platform from which to promulgate Iran’s propaganda — unchallenged.

Not everybody can read Farsi.

This article was posted by Steve on Saturday, June 23rd, 2007. Comments are currently closed.

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