The complete lack of interest in the speech of Iranian President Mahmouad Ahmadinejad among the denizens of the mainstream media is striking. Reader Michael Stalker provides a gloss that seems reasonable to me and that should at least prod further reflection:
In reviewing Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s UN speech, it occurred to me that his true message could be divined by substituting the code words he used with their true meanings. For instance, references to wisdom, justice, ethics, spirituality, compassion, etc. are code words for Islam. There were three passages from the speech that jumped out at me. I have included them below and replaced the code words with their true meanings. Suffice it to say, Ahmadinejad’s words are not very heartening.
wisdom, ethics and justiceIslam prevail[s], then oppression and aggression will be uprooted, threats will wither away, and no reason will remain for conflict. This is a solid proposition because most global conflicts emanate from injusticeinfidels and from the powerful not being contented with their own rights striving to devour the rights of others. People across the globe embrace justice Islam and are willing to sacrifice for its sake. Would it not be easier for global powers to ensure their longevity and win hearts and minds through the championing of real promotion of justice, compassion and peaceIslam, than through continuing the proliferation of nuclear and chemical weapons and the threat of their use?”
“We can adopt firm and logical decisions, thereby improving the prospects of a better life for current and future generations. Together, we can eradicate the roots of bitter maladies and afflictions and instead, through the promotion of
universal and lasting values such as ethics, spirituality and justiceIslam, allow our nations to taste the sweetness of a better future. Peoples driven by their divine natureMuslims intrinsically seek good, virtue, perfection and beauty. Relying on our peoplesMuslims, we can take giant steps towards reform and pave the road for human perfection. Whether we like it or not, justice, peace and virtueIslam will sooner or later prevail in the world with the will of the Almighty God. It is imperative, and also desirable, that we, too, contribute to the promotion of justice and virtueIslam.”
“All divine prophets, from the Prophet Adam (peace be upon him) to the Prophet Moses, to the Prophet Jesus Christ, to the Prophet Mohammad have all called humanity to
monotheism, justice, brotherhood, love and compassionIslam. Is it not possible to build a better world based on monotheism, justice, love and respect for the rights of human beingsIslam, and thereby transform animosities into friendship? I emphatically declare that today’s world more than ever before longs for just and righteous people with love for all humanityMuslims, and above all, longs for the perfect righteous human being and the real saviorHidden Imam who has been promised to all peoples and who will establish justice, peace and brotherhoodIslam on the planet. Oh, Almighty God, all men and women are your creatures and you have ordained their guidance and salvation. Bestow upon humanity that thirsts for justiceIslam, the perfect humanHidden Imam being promised to all by you, and make us among his followers and among those who strive for his return and his cause.”
UPDATE: Reader Jim Swift also takes a crack at the Ahmadinejad Code.