Britian's Channel Four has a tradition of inviting world leaders and interesting personalities to present a Christmas message that is an alternative to the one delivered by the British queen.
It started its alternative Christmas broadcast in 1993 and since then, have had personalities like Jesse Jackson, Brigitte Bardot and cartoon character Marge Simpson among others deliver the message of peace.
This year it invited Iranian president President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
Ahmadinejad began his Christmas Day address (speaking in Farsi of course) by congratulating Christians and the people of Britain on the anniversary of the birth of Christ.
Like other politicians or world leaders, he of course had a political message, stating: "If Christ were on Earth today, undoubtedly he would stand with the people in opposition to bullying, ill-tempered and expansionist powers."
Do you see anything outrageously wrong with that?
Then, continuing, he said: "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."
Aiyah, maybe I am just a simple-minded person, but quite frankly I do not any ominous subtext or aggression in his statement of Christ as a personality of peace. Surely what he imagined Christ to be, would be agreed by most righteous-thinking (and unbiased) Christians
In his message, Ahmadinejad blamed society's problems on humanity's rejection of religion but predicted Christ would return ‘with one of the children of the revered Messenger of Islam and will lead the world to love, brotherhood and justice’.
You may disagree with his specifics but do you sense or read anything wrong in his statement where he hopes ‘Christ would return ‘with one of the children of the revered Messenger of Islam and will lead the world to love, brotherhood and justice’?
Then he concluded with "I pray for the New Year to be a year of happiness, prosperity, peace and brotherhood for humanity. I wish you every success and happiness."
Once again, I fail to see anything wrong in his conclusion to his speech, even if he is Ahmadinejad!
Whitehall (Britain's Foreign Office) saw fit to condemn the speech. Why, you may well ask?
... because the Israel's ambassador to London, Ron Prosor, called it a "scandal and a national embarrassment", while some Jewish groups criticized it.
Ta'makan cabai, ta’rasa pedas, kan?
Whitehall attempted to explain why it had condemned Ahmadinejad. It said: "President Ahmadinejad has during his time in office made a series of appalling anti-Semitic statements. The British media are rightly free to make their own editorial choices, but this invitation will cause offence and bemusement not just at home but amongst friendly countries abroad."
Yet ... everyone knows Israel (OT version or current one) had been and is the most racist country in the world.
Let’s not describe any of those racists in Israel - admittedly not all Israelis are racists but many of their leaders are, for example like, Uzi Cohen – please read my older post Heil Uzi Cohen! Sieg Heil! blogged at BolehTalk.
(1) President Carter on Israeli Supremacist Racism
(2) What happened to British 'Freedom of Expression'?
(3) Jewish Goose, but no Arabic Gander
(4) Israel & Palestine - a study in western hypocrisy & bias
(5) None So Blind!
Let’s just look at an American (or I think he is one) - Barack Obama’s newly appointed White House Chief of Staff (Democratic Congressman) Rahm Emanuel.
Emanuel was born in Chicago and the son of a former Israeli. The father of Obama’s Chief of Staff is a pediatrician who was a member of the Irgun, the Jewish resistance group in Palestine, before the War of Independence in 1948.
That’s the religious-racist-terrorist party from which Likud sprang from, and which Menachem Begin, Ariel Sharon (before he formed his own Kadima), Benjamin Netanyahu and Olmert Ehud belong or belonged to.
Unlike all other Democratic members of the Illinois Congressional delegation, Rahm Emanuel (together with a US Jewish senator, Joe Lieberman) supported the joint resolution authorizing the war in Iraq.
... I suspect, for dear old Israel's interests (so what, and who cares if that wasn't in US' interests).
Rahm Emmanuel’s father, with his Irgun background, couldn’t help being racist even till today. When asked about his son’s influence on the incoming US President, he stated arrogantly to the Israeli newspaper Ma'Ariv, “Obviously, he’ll influence the president to be pro-Israel. Why wouldn’t he? What is he, an Arab? He’s not going to be mopping floors at the White House.”
… compare all these Israeli racism to Ahmadinejad’s Christmas message.