Saturday, December 27, 2008
Ahmadinejad's Christmas message
On Christmas day Britain's Channel 4 news broadcast a Christmas message from Iranian President Mahmoud Admadinejad. Not surprisingly this has been met with outrage by Israel, world Jewry and Iranian dissidents. The basic theme of his address, directed at the British people is that the vast problems facing humanity today could be resolved if world leaders and humanity itself followed the teachings of the prophets. Watch yourselves and tell me what you think.
In one way his Christmas message appears conciliatory as he heaps praise on Jesus Christ in particular and urges people to follow his message and that of the Jewish prophet Abraham. However the bit that worried me was when he began talking of the second coming of Christ and Mohammad. This to me gets a little too close to all the "end of days" talk that Christian Zionist fanatics and Muslim extremists love to rant about. I like most reasonably minded people do not want to see all the land between the river Jordan and the Mediterranean returned to the Jewish people so that the second coming can be sped up in the wake of the resulting Armageddon. I say put the Iranian fundamentalists and the Christian Zionists on an island somewhere and let them have their Armageddon, just leave the rest of us out of it. As for the controversy surrounding their decision to air the speech. It was ten times the entertainment that the Queens speech offers so I'm down with it.