Wednesday, October 17, 2007

'Hitler Was Right,' and Other Wisdom from Iran

"Chairman of the Assembly of Experts:" Now that's an impressive title. You'd expect remarkable insights and wisdom to come from someone like that.

And, you'd be right.

Former president of Iran Hashemi Rafsanjani is Chairman of the Assembly of Experts these days. Last Friday, in a religious message, Rafsanjani said that former German chancellor Hitler had the right idea about the Jews in Europe.

Rafsanjani said that Jews made trouble for European governments because they "had a lot of property" and "controlled an empire of propaganda." According to the former Iranian president, the Nazis saved Europe from the 'evil of Zionism.'

I said "remarkable insights," not "true." And you have to admit that 'Hitler was right' is a pretty remarkable statement.

Now that Russian president Putin is patching up relations with Iran, I'm pretty sure that we'll soon hear about how wise it would be to talk with Iran's government. Maybe so, but I hope that our leaders will bear in mind what the people who run Iran believe.

For those so inclined, there's a video: "Hashemi Rafsanjani, chairman of the Iranian Assembly of Experts: Hitler Wanted to Expel Jews from Europe Because They Were a Pain in the Neck".

Related posts, on tolerance, bigotry, racism, and hatred


Brigid said...


I wish you were kidding.

Anyone else thing the Iranian government is crazy?

Brian H. Gill said...


Two points.

1. "Crazy" is, all too often, used in contemporary discourse when referring to "evil." 'Nuff said.

2. My opinion is that quite a few people think that ayatollahs of Iran have made it clear that they are following a course that has decidedly evil elements.

As to how much the leaders of the world's nations perceive this, I've no idea. Politics can do strange things to the way people think and act.

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