December 11, 2006

"It is my honour to burn for the sake of the nation's ideals and defend the system."

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad responds to hecklers at Tehran University upon seeing them set fire to a picture of him. So he's good with the comeback to hecklers. May he move on to a career as a standup comedian.

16 comments:

Edward said...

Ann: Ahmadinejad’s comeback is nowhere near as good, much less as comical, as you seem to suggest.

Everything about the Iranian president, including this rejoinder about being willing to sacrifice himself for the good of his country, strikes me as being very reminiscent of Robespierre and Saint-Just.

And there’s nothing comical, much less admirable, about resembling Robespierre and Saint-Just.

Ahmadinejad’s a humorless fanatic, just as most revolutionaries are.

Were you just being sarcastic in your original post?

nypundit said...

I can see it now, Ahmadinejad and Michael Richards going on tour together. They would make a wonderful team.

SteveR said...

He's one funny guy, a regular Bob Hope.

Tim said...

"It is my honour to burn for the sake of the nation's ideals and defend the system."

The trick, of course, is to find away to make this happen for him before he finds a way to make it happen to us.

stephenb said...

His honour, huh? I've got a crisp hundred dollar bill right here that says these kids burn before he does.

Joe Baby said...

Cosmo Kramer: If you're not gonna be a part of a civil society, then just get in your car and drive on over to the East Side.

Anonymous said...

Would that he would self-immolate as easily. I'd happily provide the kerosene.

PatCA said...

Notice that AFP carefully points out more students were agitating in Prez A's favor.

Long live anti-american, primitive yet authentic, fascistic but morally superior, regimes!

Al Maviva said...

Hey, PatCA, you forgot to add

"that we vaguely suspect are somehow innately superior to our own racist western ways" in that bit about "authentic regimes."

Don't bother to thank me. It's the least I could do.

Pogo said...

Is there any way we can help Ahmadinejad immanentize his personal eschaton?

Where's spontaneous human combustion when you really need it?

Anonymous said...

The real story of Ahmadinejad is one that surprisingly few people know. As far as I'm concerned, the next time he wants to address the U.N., let him land in New York. When he gets off the plane, he should be arrested and tried. He of all people has absolutely no legitimate (non-comedic) claim to any sort of diplomatic protocol whatsoever. Of course, I'm no lawyer...

knoxgirl said...

May he move on to a career as a standup comedian.

I'd rather see him move on to a career as a corpse.

Seven Years of College Down the Drain said...

Note for the record that he doesn't specify WHOM it would be his honor to burn for his cause.

dick said...

Let Borat interview him for his next film.

altoids1306 said...

Huh. I have no leftist illusions about the (real) Persian theocracy that is Iran, but it is surprising that these students were allowed to burn his likeness without being shot on sight. I've gotta give them credit for that.

Anonymous said...

Might those students have been "Potemkin" protesters?

After all, his rejoinder seems rehearsed, and showing "tolerance" towards "dissent" is something that Iran claims is normal for their "democracy".

Iran is busy burnishing their image even while they continue their Holocaust denial and rush to develop nuclear weapons.