When in Rome. . .
Vol: 81 Issue: 3 Tuesday, June 3, 2008
When in Rome. . .
Pope Benedict XVI turned down a request by Iranian madman Mahmoud Ahmadinejad for a face-to-face sit down meeting.
Ahmadinejad is in Rome to attend a UN summit on the global food crisis — a crisis that Ahmadinejad, more than any other single human being, is most responsible for.
The global food crisis is the result of the rise in oil prices, which in turn are largely the result of speculation in which the speculators are betting that Ahmadinejad’s over-the-top rhetoric will spark a war that will further interrupt global oil supplies.
Ahmadinejad was hoping for a major propaganda coup in securing an audience with the Pope, whom he had been sweet-talking for months.
During a meeting in April with Archbishop Jean-Paul Gobel, the Vatican’s representative in Iran, Ahmadinejad referred to the Vatican as a “positive force for justice and peace.”
(A ‘positive force for justice and peace’ that Ahmadinejad had previously told to convert to Islam or be destroyed, it is worth recalling.)
Barack Obama has said on a number of occasions that he would consider a face-to-face meeting with Ahmadinejad, without preconditions, if he were elected president of the United States.
Those comments have been roundly criticized by pretty much everybody except the American Left, who have embraced the idea solely because Obama endorsed it.
Even the Pope recognizes the dangers inherent in legitimizing the Ahmadinejad regime by granting him a meeting, although the Vatican didn’t have the courage to reject Ahmadinejad directly.
Instead, it simply ignored the Iranian request and canceled meetings already scheduled with seven other foreign leaders in order avoid encountering him. Smart, but not particularly courageous.
(But still an improvement over the Obama model, which is dumb — and not particularly courageous. )
Ahmadinejad, recognizing that he wasn’t going to get the attention he was hoping from a papal photo-op, reverted to type during comments he gave to the Telenews Agency.
According to Iran’s maddest mullah, the global food crisis is Israel’s fault.
“Europeans have suffered the biggest damage from the Zionists and today the weight of this artificial regime, both political and economic, is on Europe’s shoulders,” he said.
He also said would be holding talks with “world leaders” on the sidelines of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) summit on food security, but did not specify which ones, although their identities shouldn’t be too hard to guess.
But one of his comments before leaving for Rome is worth further analysis:
“Iran, as an influential nation in the economy and agriculture, has clear solutions, programmes and suggestions for the fair production and distribution of food supply in the world,” Ahmadinejad said before leaving Tehran, according to Iran’s the official IRNA news agency.
THIS is what Ahmadinjad covets more than anything else — legitimacy as an ‘influential nation’.
That was what he was hoping to confirm by being granted an audience by the Pope. It is what Obama’s plan to sit down with him would give him. “Iran can play a decisive role in today’s world management,” he added.
The man that Obama would legitimize has already outlined the ‘decisive’ role he’d like Iran to play in managing the world.
First, let’s kill all the Jews.
Speaking to a gathering of foreign guests yesterday, he told them, “You should know that the criminal and terrorist Zionist regime which has 60 years of plundering, aggression and crimes in its file has reached the end of its work and will soon disappear off the geographical scene.”
After the Jews are wiped out, Ahmadinejad plans to turn his attention to the United States, whose ‘Satanic’ power will be the next regime slated for Islamic destruction.
Noted geopolitical analyst Arnaud de Borchegrave explained how Ahmadinejad plans to ‘uproot’ the Satanic powers.
“Ahmadinejad’s apocalyptic vision of the return to earth of the Mahdi, the 12th imam of Shiite Islam (a five-year-old boy who went into “occultation” 11 centuries ago), could be in the 52-year-old president’s lifetime. But not before widespread global death and destruction. Then a bright new era for humanity would rise from the ashes, as the Mahdi returns, along with his companions, including Jesus Christ.”
Note on Israel Tour Plan:
As I noted in yesterday’s OL, we’re considering leading a tour from Auschwitz to Israel early next spring. In the meantime, I want to make something clear.
We won’t sugar-coat or downplay the dangers facing Israel from Ahmadinejad, Syria’s Bashar Assad, or from Hamas, Hezbollah or al-Qaeda in order to sell the tour.
The dangers are real, as are the possibilities of war. After all, we are talking about Israel, and we are definitely living in the last days.
But wars in the Middle East are carefully planned affairs — the war has been ongoing without abatement for sixty years.
From time to time, one side or the other, sensing an opportunity, will escalate it to the level of a ‘hot’ war, as in 1948-49, 1956, 1967 and 1973, or the periodic outbreaks of conflict with Hezbollah in Lebanon.
That is why we are planning for late February-early March for our trip. In planning for war, weather is as important a consideration as terrain, so neither side has ever initiated a conflict earlier than May, nor later than October.
That is no guarantee — there ARE no guarantees in this life (with the exception that we won’t go into a hot war zone and that we’ll have tour cancellation insurance, just in case.)
But if we wait until there is no risk, we may still be waiting when the Lord returns, which is why we’ve decided to go now, while we still can.
So if you can go, I hope you will. Gayle and I are looking forward to it with great anticipation. We’ll keep you posted as we finalize the itinerary, and we’ll get the details to you as they are finalized.