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Iran's President Launches Blog 472

Posted by samzenpus
from the does-he-have-a-friends-list dept.
02bunced writes "The BBC is reporting that Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has started his own blog, the launch of which was announced on Iranian State TV. This is perhaps slightly ironic, given that the Iranian Government actively censors blogs on the Internet."
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Iran's President Launches Blog

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Monday August 14, 2006 @11:07AM (#15902788)
    He had to start his own blog, the infidel CmdrTaco kept rejecting his "Was there a Holocaust?" poll.
    • "He had to start his own blog, the infidel CmdrTaco kept rejecting his "Was there a Holocaust?" poll.

      Of course it was rejected. The Iranian president forgot to include "Cowboy Neal" as one of the poll answers.
      • by Anonymous Coward on Monday August 14, 2006 @11:22AM (#15902957)
        Of course it was rejected. The Iranian president forgot to include "Cowboy Neal" as one of the poll answers.
        Oh shit man, you used your username (Krell). Mahmoud Ahmadinejad just went public with a list of 34 Slashdot user names that he's got a Jihad against.

        There's probably nothing to worry about ... but you just made the list.
    • by ettlz (639203) on Monday August 14, 2006 @11:36AM (#15903062) Journal
      He had to start his own blog, the infidel CmdrTaco kept rejecting his "Was there a Holocaust?" poll.
      Hmm. Suddenly "pwn j00" takes on a very, very dark meaning.
    • Re:He Had No Choice (Score:4, Informative)

      by Rei (128717) on Monday August 14, 2006 @11:47AM (#15903161) Homepage
      Just for your reference, here's a nice page on the sticky issue of translations and how they've been spun against Ahmadinejad [informatio...house.info].

      Ahmadinejad, like many people in the middle east, believes that the number of Jews killed by Germany during WWII is frequently greatly overstated. While, in the opinion of most (including myself), this is an unjustified viewpoint, it is certainly much more defensible than the "there is no holocaust" claim that a lot of people think he made. He talks about the "myth of the Holocaust" in reference to the claim that "six million Jews" were killed. His comments were that people have created this myth of six million Jews being killed and then using it to justify everything that Israel has done ever since, and that even if that was true, this is an unfair line of reasoning.

      Oh, and as per the "wipe Israel off the map" comments, that's a much worse mistranslation. He never used any language even close to that. He talked about his hope that the "occupying regime" would fall, akin to how the Shah fell, Saddam fell, and the Soviet Union fell. His speech was completely passive (didn't discuss any involvement from Iran) and spoke nothing of harm to the people in the state of Israel.

      Anyways, my point is... you don't have to agree with him, but it's only fair to accurately represent what he says.
      • by BobTheLawyer (692026) on Monday August 14, 2006 @12:08PM (#15903339)
        There are almost no Holocaust deniers who say that "there was no Holocaust" - instead their standard operating procedure is to claim the numbers were exaggerated, say the deaths were an unintentional or inevitable part of the wider war, and to claim there is uncertainty about the history without making the slightest attempt to read the extensive literature (which must amount to literally millions of pages). Those who take this approach *are* denying the reality of the Holocaust, as it is generally understood, whether they admit it or not. Ahmadinejad's rhetoric - his use of the word "myth", his attempts to setup a Holocaust Conference, fits right in with the likes of David Irving, and it is not at all unfair to say that he is a Holocaust denier.
        • by iggymanz (596061) on Monday August 14, 2006 @12:53PM (#15903716)
          why is it bad to say the initial numbers given right after ww-ii might have been exaggerated? The number of estimated deaths at Auschwitz, for example, has gone from millions to under one million in my lifetime. Millions of pages of textbooks from Jewish/Pro-Zionist educators, however well intentioned, might be a biased source. Yet sadly people who should be for honest historical truth turn into foaming rabid zealots if anyone wants to discuss or examine evidence. Revising or questioning an inaccurate historical account is neither anti-semitic nor an act or racial hatred, though of course there are those hate groups that engage in "revisionism" for the purposes of promoting anti-jew hate. But there are other folk like myself who are fascinated with history, and really want to know the numbers of Jews and other groups of people who were tortured, enslaved and mass-murdered by the Nazis and those who allied with them, and how many died in what manner. Making that subject taboo has exactly the opposite of the intended effect.
          • by mike2R (721965)
            I think it's the fact that the overwhealming majority of those who question the number of deaths are not doing so as unbiased historians, even if they try to pretend that they are. I'd call it a learned reaction: denial of the holocaust == politicaly motivated cant which cannot be justified by the sources.
            • Re:He Had No Choice (Score:3, Interesting)

              by iggymanz (596061)
              You'll find that the real Jew-haters will have other tell-tales of their agenda (and its a mistake to call it a political motivation, it's way more serious than that). For example, there's a large/infamous site out there saying at top "this is not a hate site" where they talk about numbers in Holocaust, but they also for example have pictures of famous present day Jewish folk next to some of history's criminals who supposedly had some Jewish ancestry to "demonstrate" some imagined genetic predisposition to
          • Re:He Had No Choice (Score:3, Informative)

            by BobTheLawyer (692026)
            Yuck. The idea that the number of estimated deaths at Auschwitz has been reduced is a standard Holocaust denier line.

            Every history of the period I've ever read puts the figure at just over one million - both the postwar books by Hilberg etc and the more recent stuff. The four million figure was invented by the Soviet Union (and used in its museum at Auschwitz) to maximise the number of Soviet (non-Jewish) victims. This figure was not, to my knowledge, ever given any credence by Western historians. So it is
        • Personally, my only beef with the way the holocaust is generally portrayed is that it is not very holistic (excuse the pun if you will).

          • 5-6 million Jews

          Okay. But (pulled from wikipedia):

          • 1.8 -1.9 million non-Jewish Poles
          • 500,000-1.2 million Serbs
          • 200,000-800,000 Gypsies
          • 200,000-300,000 people with disabilities
          • 80,000-200,000 Freemasons
          • 100,000 communists
          • 10,000-25,000 homosexual men
          • 2,500-5,000 Jehovah's Witnesses

          Thus, the number of non-Jews killed is around 2.8 million at the low end, and 4.5 mi

      • by Anonymous Coward on Monday August 14, 2006 @12:14PM (#15903381)
        From here [memri.org]:


        "'Imam [Khomeini] said: 'This regime that is occupying Qods [Jerusalem] must be eliminated from the pages of history.' This sentence is very wise. The issue of Palestine is not an issue on which we can compromise.


        "'Is it possible that an [Islamic] front allows another front [i.e. country] to arise in its [own] heart? This means defeat, and he who accepts the existence of this regime [i.e. Israel] in fact signs the defeat of the Islamic world.


        "'In his battle against the World of Arrogance, our dear Imam [Khomeini] set the regime occupying Qods [Jerusalem] as the target of his fight.


        "'I do not doubt that the new wave which has begun in our dear Palestine and which today we are also witnessing in the Islamic world is a wave of morality which has spread all over the Islamic world. Very soon, this stain of disgrace [i.e. Israel] will be purged from the center of the Islamic world - and this is attainable.


        The phrase "purged from the center of the Islamic world" is pretty damn close to "wiped off the map".

        So much for your apology for genocide.

      • Re:He Had No Choice (Score:5, Informative)

        by badasscat (563442) <basscadet75NO@SPAMyahoo.com> on Monday August 14, 2006 @12:52PM (#15903701)
        Ahmadinejad, like many people in the middle east, believes that the number of Jews killed by Germany during WWII is frequently greatly overstated. While, in the opinion of most (including myself), this is an unjustified viewpoint, it is certainly much more defensible than the "there is no holocaust" claim that a lot of people think he made.

        Whether or not there was a holocaust is wholly dependent on the "number" of Jews killed. That's the whole point. If six Jews were killed instead of six million, that's not exactly a holocaust, is it? Playing this sort of numbers game is what the holocaust deniers do to try to get you to admit that there was no holocaust.

        I just saw Mike Wallace's interview with this guy last night. While he didn't say the holocaust was a "myth" this time, he did say "if there was a holocaust, where did it take place?" as if he's just throwing the idea out there for the sake of argument. He also played the same numbers game that all of the holocaust deniers play. And there is no point in debating the translation - he has a personal translator with him at all times so that the translation cannot be argued.

        as per the "wipe Israel off the map" comments, that's a much worse mistranslation. He never used any language even close to that. He talked about his hope that the "occupying regime" would fall, akin to how the Shah fell, Saddam fell, and the Soviet Union fell.

        The guy is a master of double-speak. Mike Wallace directly challenged him on this "wipe Israel off the map" comment and he never once denied it. Wallace asked him what he meant by that and he refused to answer, repeatedly, basically saying it was a 3 page answer and Wallace wasn't giving him the time he needed. Eventually he did say that Israel should not be located where it is - that sounds a lot like "wipe Israel off the map" to me.

        Whenever he was asked an uncomfortable question, this was basically how he responded - Wallace also asked him yes or no if he'd like to re-establish a relationship with the United States, and his initial stab at it was "well, let us ask first who broke off ties in the first place?" Wallace asked him again, regardless of who broke off ties, yes or no would he like to re-establish them? He then launched into another history lesson. Wallace interrupted - "yes or no, why won't you answer the question?" Then he got mad - "is this multiple choice? These are complicated questions!" This is basically the guy's MO - say all kinds of crazy things, then when he's pressed for clarification, launch into a life story that's got nothing to do with the issue at hand in an attempt to confuse.
        • by autophile (640621)

          Whenever he was asked an uncomfortable question, this was basically how he responded - Wallace also asked him yes or no if he'd like to re-establish a relationship with the United States, and his initial stab at it was "well, let us ask first who broke off ties in the first place?" Wallace asked him again, regardless of who broke off ties, yes or no would he like to re-establish them? He then launched into another history lesson. Wallace interrupted - "yes or no, why won't you answer the question?" Then he

    • Mood: anti-semetic
      Listening to: the sounds of Nazi gas chambers

      lol so israel and hezbollah stopped fighting. i didn't think it would last that long but the evil j00s of israel needed to see the wrath of iran

      yestreday i saw that britney spears video lol !!! shes total white trash and a true american. go to youtube and check it out

      so i'm out to get some suits fitted, ttyl
  • Governmentisement? (Score:4, Insightful)

    by metasecure (946666) * on Monday August 14, 2006 @11:08AM (#15902792)
    When clicking through to the address referenced by the BBC story ( www.ahmadinejad.ir ) , and then clicking "English" (at the bottom left of the page) it takes you to http://www.ahmadinejad.ir/index.aspx [ahmadinejad.ir] , which does not contain the blog and reads like a big advertisement for the "National Integrated Services Network". I wonder if they will survive a slashdotting.
  • by melonman (608440) on Monday August 14, 2006 @11:08AM (#15902795) Journal
    is the fact that it's hosted on Windows (which we know from the .NET error page it was showing this morning).
    • by PFI_Optix (936301) on Monday August 14, 2006 @11:17AM (#15902895) Journal
      I wonder if piracy can get your hand cut off there...
      • Piracy is punishable by death in many places, unless you get to become a corsair.
        Infringing of Microsoft copyrights, though, is probably a civil issue. Some people say that the nights and weekend you will need to work while reboo^H^H^H^H^Hadministering windows2003 server is enough of a punishment, but I think it's too harsh.
    • by megaditto (982598)
      It is not ironic, it is fortunate. Which any luck MS will be put on terrorist enablers list for helping Iran develop weaps of mass attraction. It is even better that is was not FreeBSD that is supporting terrorists. Time to start selling the FeedomBSD sticker (I support our ports).

      But seriously, MS does not care much who uses the software and for what, as long as they pay through the roof for it. MSN and Yahoo have no problem helping the Chinese put dissidents in jail, either.

  • The blog includes a poll asking if users think the US and Israel are trying to trigger a new world war.

    Is there an option for Iran = yes, US and Israel = No?
  • by krell (896769) on Monday August 14, 2006 @11:10AM (#15902816) Journal
    I decided to visit it and was reading all the nasty stuff he said about Jews and Booze. Then I found out I was on Mel Gibson's blog by mistake.
  • i like (Score:5, Funny)

    by namekuseijin (604504) on Monday August 14, 2006 @11:10AM (#15902819)
    i like the "Decapitations of the day" section. :P
  • Where's the irony? (Score:4, Insightful)

    by Daniel Dvorkin (106857) * on Monday August 14, 2006 @11:10AM (#15902825) Homepage Journal
    Leaders have always tried to simulatenously exploit and control the power of whatever media was current at the time. Does anyone doubt that the skald who came up with the original version of Beowulf was paid off to chant about the virtues of the king -- and knew exactly what would happen if he didn't? Through the age of pamphlet, newspaper, radio, and TV, nothing changed; I don't see why we should be terribly surprised now that it's ON THE INTERNET (tm).
    • Well, he also has a myspace. On it, he lists his favorite activities as "long walks on the sand dunes, researching nuclear weapons... I mean power plants, and torturing those with opinions different from mine".
  • by kalidasa (577403) on Monday August 14, 2006 @11:10AM (#15902829) Journal
    Before we start seeing a "The CIA is trying to prevent the world from reading my blog by using a distributed denial of service attack" posting when the real problem is that the site is hosted on Windows and has been slashdotted?
  • Where's the irony? (Score:3, Insightful)

    by slofstra (905666) on Monday August 14, 2006 @11:12AM (#15902852) Homepage
    Let's see. A tyranny that restricts others' use of communication media while at the same time fully exploiting it's potential for propoganda purposes. That is unusual.
    • Let's see. A tyranny that restricts others' use of communication media while at the same time fully exploiting it's potential for propoganda purposes. That is unusual.
      Of course you were being sarcastic, but I think you miss the mis-spelling: obviously the submitter meant to type "Iranic".

      Like 10,000 bombs, when all you need is a knife... isn't it Iranic... don't you think?
  • Next up... (Score:3, Funny)

    by Russ Steffen (263) on Monday August 14, 2006 @11:12AM (#15902853) Homepage
    So, does he have a MySpace page yet? Or is he a Facebook kind-of-guy?
  • His webserver is MS, and it was down earlier. From Georg Greve's blog: Technical difficulties all around [fsfe.org]

    Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has no problem being dependent on US software, which in turn has no problem failing on him.

    • I've seen a similar view. I've been to IOI'96 -- a guy from the Iranian team actually defended the censorship, claiming they have only a single 56k link (as of 1996) for the whole country on purpose! For them, faulty software/network has its benefits as it pulls people away from the "American way of life".
  • by $RANDOMLUSER (804576) on Monday August 14, 2006 @11:13AM (#15902855)
    I'm sure all his posts will be calm, reasoned, factual and well stated.
    • I've read some of his stuff, and he actually seems very intelligent and capable of logical reasoning. You just, well, kinda have to get past his hatred of Jews, refusal to recognize Israel, fascist ideology, Holocaust denial, and slavish adherence to a pretty obviously false religion. (I think most of those are just to maintain his support from Iranians.)
    • by owlnation (858981) on Monday August 14, 2006 @11:38AM (#15903072)
      I'm sure all his posts will be calm, reasoned, factual and well stated.
      Sure, that'd be nice. Though I don't see why his blog should be different from all the others.
    • by Red Flayer (890720) on Monday August 14, 2006 @11:50AM (#15903184) Journal
      Well, his opinion of American imperialism is reasoned, factual, and well-stated (remember the letter he wrote a few months ago?), as is his observation of the irony of Christians (purportedly) taking very un-Christian actions.

      His response to American imperialism is a little less calm, but I suspect it is definitely reasoned pretty thoroughly.

      Of course, it's quite possible to come to a logically correct conclusion that is still false, if one's precepts are false.
  • Not surprised (Score:5, Informative)

    by Denial93 (773403) on Monday August 14, 2006 @11:14AM (#15902868)
    His job basically amounts to representative/propaganda roles because he doesn't have any significant executive powers. And he's certainly more competent at it than a couple of other politicians. Try his letter to Bush [wikisource.org] for a preview of what he's going to write there.
  • by Starker_Kull (896770) on Monday August 14, 2006 @11:15AM (#15902875)
    If you are going to crack down on a common method of dissemination of information, make sure you replace it with one of your own that repeats what you want to be heard, ad nauseam. Right out of Goebbel's playbook. For a guy who doesn't think the Holocaust happened, he sure seems comfortable using the same rhetoric and early tactics.
  • by 02bunced (846144) on Monday August 14, 2006 @11:16AM (#15902880) Homepage Journal
    Just in case it doesn't survive Slashdot...

    In the Name of God, the Most Merciful, the Most Compassionate Oh Almighty God, please, we beg you to send us our Guardian- who You have promised us- soon and appoint us as His close companions.

    During the era that nobility was a prestige and living in a city was perfection, I was born in a poor family in a remote village of Garmsar-approximately 90 kilometer east of Tehran. I was born fifteen years after Iran was invaded by foreign forces- in August of 1940- and the time that another puppet, named mohammad Reza - the son of Reza Mirpange- was set as a monarch in Iran. Since the extinct shah -Mohammad Reza- was supposed to take and enter Iran into western civilization slavishly, so many schemes were implemented that Iran becomes another market for the western ceremonial goods without any progress in the scientific field. Our Islamic culture would not allow such an infestation, and this was an impediment in front of shah and his foreign masters' way. Thus, they decided to make this noble and tenacious culture weak gradually that Iran be attached strongly to the west as far as its economy, politics, and culture was concern. After the implementation of this policy and the unreal and outward of upswing, the villagers began to rush to the cities. Upon the enforcement of the land reform, the status of the villages became worst than the past and villagers for earning some breadcrumbs, they were deceived by the dazzling look and the misleading features of the cities and became suburban and lived in ghettos.

    My family was also suffered in the village as others. After my birth -the fourth one in the family- my family was under more pressures. My father had finished 6 grade of elementary school. He was a hard-bitten toiler blacksmith, a pious man who regularly participated in different religious programs. Even though never the dazzling look of the world was appealing to him, but the pressure of the life caused that he decided to migrate to Tehran when I was one year old. We chose to live in south central part of Tehran where is called Pamenar.

    My father used to buy newspaper all the time. I remember one day, when I was in first grade, by looking through a newspaper - with the help of the adults in our house- I read the news of the capitulation passage by the shah's so called "parliament." Even though I did not understand the meaning of that issue at that time, but due to the protests and the objections of the religious schools of thoughts with the leadership of Imam Khomeini -Almighty God bless his soul- and the relentless reaction of the extinct shah, I realized that Mohammad Reza attempted to add another page to his vicious case history which was the humiliation and indignity of the Iranian people versus Americans. That was the year that the extinct shah slaughtered many followers of Imam Khomeini.

    Imam Khomeini was released from prison. I never forget Imam Khomeini's speeches during those years which was very persuasive and appealing. You would hear the strong faith to Almighty God in his orations. He invited the people to pure Islam. His message was invitation to the belief of monotheism- Unity and Oneness of God- and also justice, elimination of oppression, injustice and sedition in the world. He was courageous and had a valiant heart. He spoke firmly and securely. His orations were simple and honest. The people accepted his guidance sincerely. Due to these characteristics, he was a beloved leader for every individuals-young or elderly. Of course he was a disgrace for shah's regime and his Americans masters. Notably, even among his enemies, he was respected with a special honor.

    Eventually, the existence of Imam Khomeini was unbearable for the extinct shah and he could not tolerate him any more. Since they knew if they kill him-as they did a great number of his followers- the bloody uprising can not be controlled. Consequently they decided to exile him in order to separate the leader from his followers and to restrain th
  • the Kim Jong show?
  • The folks at Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me [npr.org] are going to have a field day with this. The gag headlines almost write themselves.
  • Then Tom will get sent to gitmo for being on bin Laden's friends list. Then everyone else on myspace will be carted off for having Tom on their friends list. Then we will finally be safe from the emo terrorists.
  • by MikeRT (947531) on Monday August 14, 2006 @11:28AM (#15902991) Homepage

    It's good enough for him, but not his own people [instapundit.com]. This guy is a menace. He's neither stupid nor insane and is in fact the closest thing the region has ever seen to a leader who could fill in the shoes of a Middle Eastern Hitler. Read some of Mike Wallace's comments about him after an interview with him [codemonkeyramblings.com], if you think he is such a joke.

  • I doubt he'd be so stupid as to expose his propaganda department to the voices and opinions of reason world-wide.

    But TFA has no link to the blog — maybe, there is a forum, after all?

  • Why not hear the man directly? The more you've been inside news stories, the more you know how the press distorts information to sell ink, photons and electrons. Not usually outright lies, but frequent quoting-out-of-context, and occasional lies of omission. It is frankly amazing to see so much editorializing in simple news reporting.

    Yes, there's some irony in the internal Iranian restrictions. But I'll take freedom in half steps. Positive movement is still positive. Besides, I think it is extremely

  • There's nothing "ironic" [reference.com] about a dictator censoring media while putting out their own. It isn't even contradictory. "Dictator" means "commander", as in "speaking a command", as in "word is law". What they say is the official truth, they define reality by speaking it. Other people saying different "versions" of reality gets in the way, so they stop it.

    The popular sense of the word "irony" has been ruined. People don't even blink while Alanis Morissette's "Ironic" [azlyrics.com] asks "isn't it ironic?" about a list of situa
  • Whois infomation (Score:3, Informative)

    by ems2 (976335) on Monday August 14, 2006 @11:41AM (#15903095) Homepage
    domain: ahmadinejad.ir
    remarks: (Domain Holder) Mahdi Ahmadi Nejad
    remarks: (Domain Holder Address) Motahari Ave. at Raham St. Tehran, IR 1567718571
    admin-c: nic38790h87
    tech-c: nic38790h87
    zone-c: nic38790h87
    nserver: ns1.nisn.ir
    nserver: ns2.nisn.ir
    source: NICIR # Filtered

    person: Mahdi Ahmadi Nejad
    remarks: ---
    address: Pasteur Sq., Pasteur St., Peresident Office
    e-mail: president.irsite@gmail.com
    phone: 64451
    fax-no:
    nic-hdl: nic38790h87
    source: NICIR # Filtered
    I feel for Google, now they unfortunately have to put up with Ahmadi Nejad. Maybe that we-can-read-your-email clause is useful.
  • Syndication (Score:3, Funny)

    by skamp (559446) on Monday August 14, 2006 @11:44AM (#15903117)
    I'm surprised his weblog doesn't have an Atom [ietf.org] feed. His engineers must still be working on it...
  • According to this blog (http://olehgirl.blogspot.com/2006/08/pres-ahmadin ejad-trying-to-infect.html) it looks like propaganda isn't the only thing the Iranian President is trying to spread. It looks like visitors (from Isreal only) using IE are getting a nice little installer attempt. Wonder what it does :-)
  • Monday: Started my new blog. It's kewl!
    Tuesday: Run out of things to say. Keep getting hassled by Americans telling me to westernise or die. Total drag.
    Wednesday: Seems to be some sort of spat next door. Hope they don't lob any missiles my way.
    Thursday: Man I love Battlestar Galactica. Double episode tonight!
    Friday: Pizza! Maybe some behadings later.
    Saturday: Bit sunny. Not bad. Got some emails from my buddy GWB saying be cool.
    Sunday: Had a lie in. Just found out some Brit paper has been reading this
  • Start a World War? (Score:3, Informative)

    by twitter (104583) on Monday August 14, 2006 @11:52AM (#15903199) Homepage Journal

    Malhmold is not the only person who thinks the goals were larger than humiliating Hezbolla. Some say the Bush administration wanted Syria and Iran [consortiumnews.com]. Conquering that much of the middle east might indeed have triggered a war with Russia, Turkey and even China and Europe. It's a good thing that did not happen, but there's still time for Israel's incompetent and murderous military leaders [gush-shalom.org] to blunder themselves into a wider conflict. All they have to do is provoke Syria on the new border.

  • ironic? (Score:3, Interesting)

    by Enrique1218 (603187) on Monday August 14, 2006 @11:59AM (#15903269) Journal
    I wouldn't call it censorship and Iran President new blog ironic. Iran is authoritarian society and I call it par for the course. In Iran, you expect the president to talk and the people to listen, not the other way around. The true irony is that it is not much different in the US. Unlike in Iran, we can talk our mouths dry. Yet, our President (or our Congress, for that matter) just choose not to listen.
  • by Bryansix (761547) on Monday August 14, 2006 @01:06PM (#15903821) Homepage
    I never forget Imam Khomeini's speeches during those years which was very persuasive and appealing. You would hear the strong faith to Almighty God in his orations. He invited the people to pure Islam. His message was invitation to the belief of monotheism- Unity and Oneness of God- and also justice, elimination of oppression, injustice and sedition in the world. He was courageous and had a valiant heart. He spoke firmly and securely. His orations were simple and honest. The people accepted his guidance sincerely. Due to these characteristics, he was a beloved leader for every individuals-young or elderly.
    I read this and I think, what makes these people so different from the United States and its leaders who want seemingly the same thing only in reference to Christianity? Well, let me explain it so everyone can understand. The sect of Islam that is followed in Iran has no problem converting people through force and if they do not convert, well you know what happens. Shi 'a Islam is the national religion and the law is based upon it. No dissent is allowed.

    In the US we see things differently. Even though elected leaders may hold onto faith so strongly that it affects the laws that are passed, there is no state religion. More importantly though, none of the currently followed sects of Christianity in this country find any value in converting people through violence. My beliefs are (and they are echoed thoughout this country) that accepting Christ is a personal decision that nobody can convince you to make. You have to want to accept Christ or it is meaningless. If this idea was present in Islam there would not be the problems that we have now. Islam and Christianity could co-exist if this one idea was widely held in the Middle East. Now there are sects of Islam that reject violence but they are not popular in the Middle East and only really flourish in the freedom that they find in the United States.
  • VIRUS Warning (Score:4, Interesting)

    by dougman (908) on Monday August 14, 2006 @01:08PM (#15903830)
    Link on the left of the new blog pops a "HTTP MS IE File DragDrop Embed Code" in Norton. Is this intentional or not? You decide.

    Check out http://olehgirl.blogspot.com/2006/08/pres-ahmadine jad-trying-to-infect.html [blogspot.com]

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