06 September 2006

Khatami, Clowns, Romney and His Troopers.

Today, Boston.com posted a question to its readers:

"Governor Mitt Romney declared yesterday he would not allow any state resources to be used to protect a former Iranian president during his visit to the Boston area this weekend, and he sharply criticized Harvard University for inviting Mohammed Khatami to speak on the eve of the fifth anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Do you think the governor is doing the right thing?"

Needless to say, some of the responses were outrageous:

From 2004Sox: “how can you not agree with Romney? Unless you love tyrants who despise democracy and are anti-semitic and would like to see America lose the war on terror. Harvard is giving camp to a wolf in sheeps clothing. they are immoral and degenerates. basically, harvard is saying that tyrants and dictators without regard for other cultures and POVs have a legitimate voice at the table of civilization. Unbelievable.”

From Titmouse: “I agree with Farty - Romney should instruct the State police to arrest his @ss and charge him with terrorism charge you'd like, but only after we've allowed every 9/11 victim's family to kick him in the nuts (if he has any nuts, which I doubt). Shame on Harvard but what would you expect from an anti-Israel, racist institution? This is right in line with their publicly expressed beliefs.”

The number one reason why I love the 1st ammedment is the humor that it brings to my life on a daily basis. I wish these were fringe view points, but they are not. I can’t say that I am shocked by these responses, but I am shocked that these people read, well…anything, and there are many more where this came from.

No, I do not agree with Mitt and I am not surprised by the move, politically. It is a no lose for him. The BPD (who don’t have jurisdiction in Cambridge) will provide security, as well as some from the State Department and personal guards. However, the last thing in the world that Boston/Massachusetts needs is an international incident, and offering troopers as protection would help to prevent that. Thanks Mitt, we’re counting the seconds until January. Also, I can’t wait until the spring of 2007 when you get destroyed in the primary, once the South catches wind of your special underwear and that whole Jesus and the Native Americans thing, best of luck.

In regards to Mohammed Khatami’s trip to Harvard; I know this may be a shock to some of the uninformed clowns who replied to this post, but Mohammed Khatami is not the same person as current Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. And dear god, neither of them had anything to do with 9/11. Where did that idea come from? Oh right, they’re all the same. Khatami’s time in office was marked by a dramatic shift in Iranian foreign policy from confrontation to conciliation. He is a moderate (very moderate by Iranian standards); he seeks a dialogue with the West, much unlike the jabs being thrown between Ahmadinejad and Bush. Khatami is a man with political and philosophical credibility in the Middle East, who has some new ideas to stabilize region, thank god. How can the Kennedy School not offer him a forum? How can the some of the uniformed, ignorant, blowhards of this city criticize them for it? What about the free speech and diplomacy? Oh right, Fox News/Drudge, etc. now I remember.


Blogger W A Hurd said...

While I certainly agree that Harvard has every right to invite Khatami to speak and that Cambridge, the Commonwealth and the United States have the duty to protect him from potential danger, I can't say that Khatami is either a moderate or a potential peace broker in the Middle East. Though Khatami and Ahmadinejad have both attempted to reach out to the international community recently, the Ayotollah's power is limited to the Shia that respect his authority. Granting that Hamas and Hezbollah are Shia and that Khatami potentially has some sway over their actions, he similarly has little to no power over the majority Sunni Muslim population. Could Khatami work with the Shia militias in the Middle East and alter the political landscape? Certainly, but Wahabbists, Sunni militias, the Taliban and, lest we forget as our current administration has, al Qaeda, would be immune from adhering to any declarations he might pronounce. It would be like asking protestants to listen to the Pope.
Regardless, your larger point is spot on.

06 September, 2006 13:40  
Blogger Ignatius of Antioch said...

While I'll leave out the discussion of the current strife between the various sects of Islam, I will just correct to previous poster on one tiny point. Hamas = sunni; which is why they don't play well with the 'bollah.

06 September, 2006 15:42  
Blogger rosalux said...

I think the particular political orientation of a Muslum figure is made irrelevant by the post-911 climate. To those ill-informed nutjobs is is the man's race that matters, not his take on solving any problem, be it international or engine-related. This is the very definition of racism - and we see it being stoked from on high every minute of the day. Look at the coverage of Israel's latest war on Lebanon. To hear the news you'd imagine that Isreal sufered higher casualties, that conflicts between the nations started when troops were kidnapped, and that religion is the main question. All lies. We heard almost nothing of whole families massacred or the leaflets that told refugees to get onto Red Cross convoys and the subsequent bombing of those very convoys by Isreal. Why? To the mainstream media, to the US, and to the UN the lives of people from Isreal are worth more than the lives of Palestianians or Lebanese. How else can you justify imperialist conquest but by whipping up racism in the population of the conquerers and making them fear the victims of their government's attacks? More folks here might oppose our country's actions if we were allowed to see that the Lebanese were fighting a political resistance against Isreal, that there are reasons the Lebanese might mount an opposition, or that Arabs and Muslums are human beings. Rather we get the same warmongering racist garbage: all Arabs and Muslums are the same and they're all equally responsible for the events of 911. Even speakers at a conservative institution like Harvard. Check out who sits on the board and which other powerful chairs they dent:

06 September, 2006 19:42  

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