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Christmas greetings from Iran

December 25, 2008

…. of all places.

Britain’s Channel 4 TV station has decided to broadcast a lecture to the West from the Iranian President, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, as its ‘alternative’ to the Queen’s traditional Christmas message.

A taste (the whole thing is here):

If Christ were on Earth today, undoubtedly He would stand with the people in opposition to bullying, ill-tempered and expansionist powers.

If Christ were on Earth today, undoubtedly He would hoist the banner of justice and love for humanity to oppose warmongers, occupiers, terrorists and bullies the world over.

If Christ were on Earth today, undoubtedly He would fight against the tyrannical policies of prevailing global economic and political systems, as He did in His lifetime. The solution to today’s problems is a return to the call of the divine Prophets. The solution to these crises is to follow the Prophets – they were sent by the Almighty for the good of humanity.

Ahmadinejad has been reading the Western Left’s talking points all right, but has obviously never heard that Christ said:

Render unto Caesar the things which are Caesar’s, and unto God the things that are God’s (“Ἀπόδοτε οὖν τὰ Καίσαρος Καίσαρι καὶ τὰ τοῦ Θεοῦ τῷ Θεῷ”) (Matthew 22:21).

It is to this recognition of the distinction between the the spiritual and the temporal that may be attributed the success of Christianity as a modernising influence; and to the lack thereof, on the part of Islam, its failure to do the same.

Sadly, the Iranian leader’s message is only marginally more incoherent than that of the Archbishop of Canterbury (see this post).

It hardly seems necessary to add that under Ahmadinejad Iran is aggressively pursuing a nuclear weapons development program (no-one sensible seems to dispute this) and fervently desires the elimination of Israel from the table of nations.  But perhaps more to the point, early last year he humiliated Britain in the eyes of the world by kidnapping 15 UK sailors and marines from international waters and returning them, laden with gifts, and tarnished with unavoidable implications of cowardice and treachery, to their parent nation and service, to the disgrace of both.

For this service many thanks, and free air-time on Britain’s airwaves.

But be all that as it may, Tehran’s proxy in Gaza, Hamas,  continues to spread the Christmas message in its own inimitable way.  And implements Sharia law as well. And persecutes Christians, too, of course.

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8 comments

  1. That is hilarious. Channel 4 and Murdoch’s Times in cahoots. What next?

    Of course, Iran is by no means a theocracy and you gotta admit it’s kinda cute for Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to throw the revolutionary Jesus narrative in the face of an effete, consumer-drunk capitalist West that mostly lost religion long time ago.


  2. Don’t know about cute. I’d say foolish in the extreme for Channel 4 to give a platform to a man whose regime hangs gays, stones women to death for the offence of being raped, and whose avowed intent and purpose is to wipe one small nation off the face of the earth – and will soon have the weapons to make the attempt.

    But yes, it is funny in its own bizarre, surreal way.


  3. Give a platform? I support the giving of platforms. It’s called democracy. In any case, what is there is to disagree with in what he said in his bog standard religious homily?

    And if we’re going to compare per capita atrocities, I don’t think you will want to go there and withhold any credibility.


  4. In Iran, the only platform from which to call for democratic values is called a gallows.

    I didn’t understand your last sentence.


  5. Why the cartoonish political characterisations? Gallows humour?

    As is well known outside of cartoonish propagandist circles and those who fall for their spin, the political and religious institutions in Iran are not coterminous or congruent.

    And as for the masses, well there are ways and means as, again, so many already know.

    For example:

    http://meria.idc.ac.il/journal/2003/issue3/jv7n3a7.html


  6. No, mate, you’ve lost me.


  7. Funny isn’t it how most of the civilised world, its scholars and journalists, see the situation differently and report the truth that the Zionist lobby will not.

    You are defending the indefensible.

    For example:

    http://www.lrb.co.uk/v31/n01/roy_01_.html

    There is a direct line from the European Crusades to Nazism to the colonisation of the terrorist Israeli state.

    Think about it.


  8. Wrong thread, I think.

    Nonetheless…

    I have absolutely no problem with Israel defending itself from terrorist attacks or rocket and mortar fire. The Gazans have brought their problems upon themselves. Don’t cry for me, Palestinia.

    Your second last sentence is intellectual and historical gibberish.

    Sorry, but there it is.



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