Monday, November 23, 2009

Quote of the Day


"His frequent speeches before large crowds all across the country are full of obtuse circular arguments about good and evil, and in interviews and small gatherings, like ones he has held for academics and journalists when he visits the United Nations in New York, he answers questions with questions, ending with a joyous smile that reads as a distinct putdown. His logic is seldom convincing, but then he cares little about what elites and experts think of him. He knows that the poor masses like his folksy style. Though he may seem comical, to many in Iran he comes across as daring and confident. They like his audacity, and especially the way he stands up to the elites, belittling their education, their wealth and their blue blood."

-- Iranian scholar Vali Nasr, on Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

This was posted over at Andrew Sullivan's blog and, as he states so perfectly, proves that fundamentalist politics -- whether Middle Eastern Muslim or American Christian -- must always be confronted with the relentless application of logic and reason.

8 comments:

Le Penseur said...

We are fighting wars against drugs and terror when we should be fighting wars against ignorance and stupidity.

Anon said...

When I was reading that, my mind kept thinking "BUSH!"
It's somewhat Ironic that "the-guy-they-could-have-a-beer-with" crosses cultures. (Even if Muslims don't drink.)

Anonymous said...

Anon at 9:16

+1

Jen said...

seeing the back of that t shirt in the picture just gave me a great new idea for a very scary 2012 movie.

Chez said...

Sorry, Jen -- you got beat. SNL did that bit as a phony commercial last weekend.

Burns said...

Now I'm not sure how much she answers questions with questions because, honestly, i just can't stand to watch the woman be interviewed, it makes my head hurt, but am I the only one who chuckled a little bit and thought "hey, replace the pronouns and you've got a pretty good description of Palin." Maybe it was just reading it so soon after watching the video with the idiots standing in line for her book signings.

Ref said...

I thought they were talking about the Beck-ster.

Burns said...

Okay, I'm an idiot. This is why I generally like to take a minute and think before I post. Looking at the picture and reading the other comments (as opposed to just dashing through the quote and then running off to meet my brother), I've got to be the first to call myself out on being an unobservant twit here.