A few days after then Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad had made what was widely regarded anti-Semitic rants at the UN General Assembly in September 2008, he met, still in New York, with ultra-orthodox Jews. This is remarkable only on first sight, as the respective rabbis are utterly anti-Zionists.
I remembered that meeting back in 2008 when listening to wannabe statesman Donald Trump when he declared 15 January this year’s Martin Luther King Jr Day. After he had allegedly insulted all Africans and Central Americans by calling their homelands shitholes: “Take them out!” (Haitians, out of the US).
Ahmadinejad, who was respected by the low classes in Iran who therefore elected him twice, had damaged Iran’s global interests considerably during his 8-yr tenure as his daring and inflammatory speeches about Israel, nuclear enrichment and ballistic missiles was relentlessly sanctioned by the international community. Ultimately, it was Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s irresponsible politics which brought Iran to its knees in 2015, accepting the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action negotiated with world powers, P5+1.
Yesterday, after an anxious statesmanlike Trump had read his declaration, a journalist asked him, several times, “Are you a racist?” He didn’t answer.
One notes in disbelief what Trump, minutes before the incident, had actually uttered:
Dr. King’s faith and his love for humanity led him and so many other heroes to courageously stand up for civil rights of African Americans. Through his bravery and sacrifice, Dr. King opened the eyes and lifted the conscience of our nation. He stirred the hearts of our people to recognize the dignity written in every human soul.
Today, we celebrate Dr. King for standing up for the self-evident truth Americans hold so dear, that no matter what the color of our skin or the place of our birth, we are all created equal by God. (Emphasis added.)
Trump’s talk and actions during his first year in office prove that there are no self-evident truths anymore.
What then President Barack Obama had to say last year on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, you may see here.
13 January 2018 @ 11:22 am.
Last modified January 14, 2018.