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Welcome to my blog! True to my name, Shiva the Spy, I will be your eyes and ears in Iran, bringing you detailed accounts of everyday life from my perspective. You'll have a window into the social, cultural, political, and historical aspects of the country. I will bring you the stuff that American media can't...or won't. So, check back regularly for stories, photos, commentary, and anything else your curiosity calls for.

Saturday, January 14, 2006

Ahmadinejad's Questions

This evening, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad addressed the public via a press conference covering a range of topics, from the price of fruit to Iran's nuclear developments. Both foreign and domestic reporters were given the opportunity to ask him questions on anything that tickled their fancies. The President answered each inquiry directly, patiently, and completely--truthfully, it was much different than the political speak I've become accustomed to back in the U.S.

One journalist brought up the topic of Ahmadinejad's comments on the Holocaust. Now, as a side note, I hadn't posted about this event because it was difficult to distinguish fact from fiction amidst the media frenzy in the west. I also thought it irrational that a man who holds a PhD in civil engineering, and whose wife is a doctor of sociology, would actually claim the Holocaust was a hoax. From my vantage point, the myth was in the accusations made by some western media sources.

Anyway, below is a paraphrased version of how the President responded:

What has become overblown and inaccurately reported in the international media is mere rhetoric. I had posed two questions to the international arena. The first one wondered where the history of these migrants, or Israelis, can be found? Where did their forefathers come from, and what gives these migrants the authority to make decisions regarding the nation of Palestine? Why don't Palestinians, who have thousands of years of history on their land, and who are comprised of Christians, Muslims, and Jews, have any decision-making power at all?

The second question addresses the Holocaust. If those who perpetrated the murder of Jews are European, then why are Palestinians paying the consequences? Why are they now being killed, their houses mowed down, their public spaces burned to a crisp; why are Palestinians being denied the right to make decisions regarding their land? And if those perpetrators believe they did not murder the Jews, then why have they forced them all out of their countries, and into the small region of Palestine? Why do they not allow these Jews, whose roots are not in Palestine, but in various European countries, to go back to their homes? And why would they continue to propagate the Holocaust if they do not believe they are guilty of this atrocious event? Why would they silent their own scholars that hold any views contrary to those propagated?

I have posed these two questions to the Europeans, to the West, and have still received no response. Instead, my words have been twisted and made complex, in order to disseminate their own message, the same repetitive rhetoric that is being used for political gain. If there is discussion to be made on why Palestinians must carry the burden of Europeans' actions, then it should be initiated. It should not be silenced, it should not be full of rhetoric, it should not involve shutting down the different voices and opinions of a country's scholars....

President Ahmadinejad's entire speech was full of insight, and reiterated the need to debate and discuss the issue of Palestine and Israel. Hopefully, his next public address, which is scheduled within the next few days, will be just as informative, eloquent, and straightforward.


Blogger Yogesh Chabria said...


I would also like to add, that several of the things he said were misinterpreted by the western media.

I like your blog.

1:17 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Initially, I didnt see much from Ahmadinejad. Through the course of time, I began to realize that Iranian had made a right choice by electing him. He might be the best president Iran has so far.

1:04 PM  
Blogger Papa Ray said...

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9:46 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

believe the president's questions were justified and i wonder if the European countries behind this settlement would have the balls to accept the challenge and answere his questions.

1:29 AM  
Blogger Jimmy said...

such questions by Ahmedinejad are too difficult for the west to answer. it needs a politician with no double standards to stand and answer these questoins. meanwhile, double standards are what the western policy is based on. i bet these questions are looked at as silly and insane by western adiminstration, simply because just thinking of an answer makes them look at the reality of the ugly face of their political trends and double standards.

12:31 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have found President Ahmadinejad's words very disturbing.
My name is Jonathan and I am a Jew. My fathers family came from Krakow, Poland (30km from Auschwitz). Many members of my family died during the Holocaust (Shoah) in the most brutal of ways(note, I have been to Auschwitz and seen with my own eyes the horror). To raise a debate on what happened is an insult to the memory of my family. It did happen. If any readers of this require evidence, please check out www.hvf.org to hear accounts from survivors. What is left of my family has also left there story on this site. The events of this historical crime do not require debate, they require study, so as to make sure that no people on earth should suffer them again!
My mothers family come from what some of you would call Palestine, and I will choose to call Israel. They have lived in Jerusalem, and still do, for over 600 years (we still have the papers to our property). Note, my family have many Muslim and Christian friends and business assoicates that they still see to this day (and have been present when bread has been broken). Before the Intifada there was peace among people of all faiths. But with idescriminate attacks on civilans (note, my aunty lost her eye in a cafe bombing, where my little cousin was killed, only 9 years old), fear has set in. Road blocks have been put up, secuirty has become paramount as many people feel under seige. How many cafes in terhan have armed secuirty guards outside their front doors, with metal detectors? Do any of you fear to get on a bus to go to work or school?
And now Israel and Iran trade in vailed threats.

How many of you have even had contact with a Jew? No, I am not monkey, pig or dog (www.memri.org). I am a human being, of flesh and blood just like you. Reaching out in a vain hope to find others like my self who want for a better world for our children.
For those who want to know more about the Jewish faith and the Jewish people please visit www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org
A question for you Shiva. There used to be a thriving Jewish population in Iran (for thousands of years), that has now shrunk to near insignificance. Where do you think it went and why? Also, what happened to their property and belongings?

7:07 AM  
Blogger R-Sheen said...

jonathan, it's very unfortunate what happened to your family. i don't think the president is doubting that the holocaust happened, i think he's saying it was exaggerated. and i don't think you should take offense when someone wants to review scientific evidence of the holocaust. if everything the jewish people claim has actually happened, then the scientific research would only strengthen your stance.

and about all the war in palestine/israel, whoever wastes their time blaming one side is a fool. both have committed equally disgusting and devastating attacks on each other.

however in my mind, i think it is very irresponsible of israel, which is a more stable and developed government, to always have the "last word" which means a far more devastating retaliation with advanced weaponry.

oh well, war sucks.

7:37 AM  
Blogger JmartRican said...

Why ask questions that can only lead to more war. It is obvious that Europe will not give a chunk of land for Isreal and Isrealeans will not leave their holy land.

I know a coworker whose Jordanian family had their farm taken away for the creation of Isreal. And from what the previous blogger wrote, his family has claims to property in Isreal. The only thing that can be done now is to make sure the people who had their land taken away be paid in full, if they have not already.

If we go back in time many thousands of years you will see lands exchange hands many times. But we must move on and consider real solutions not these hateful (even though said in calm educated tone, that frankly I find patronizing) fantasies that lead to more war.

6:12 AM  

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