17 December 2005

Yet another example why mixing religion and politics is a Bad Idea

So Iran's president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, not content with pissing everyone off by continuing Iran's nuclear program, has now denied the Holocaust and suggested that Israel be relocated someplace far from the Muslim world. I think this is mostly pandering to the fundamentalist base that elected him. Pakistan's nuclear weapons are seen as a source of enormous pride and prestige for that nation, not to mention a guarantee against attack; it's disappointing and scary, but hardly surprising, that Iran wants the same. But Holocaust denial is a shameful thing for a national leader to express, and it's a condemnation of the Iranian people that holding such a false belief could help anyone's political fortunes.

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