What? Politeness Counts in Foreign Relations?

As noted HERE, HERE and HERE, other writers seem to have noticed what rude, boorish slobs America has been to the visiting Iranian head of state.

It wasn’t about the Iranian President. The way that he was treated is seen in Iran as the way WE have decided to treat ALL Iranians. You disrespect the country’s leader, you disrespect the country. The USA has, collectively told Persia (Iran): Yo momma, fools!

Imagine for a moment if even Bush went to, say, Thailand, and he was treated by the Thais the way that we treated Mahmoud Ahmadinejad?

What do you suppose the US reaction would be? Even those who despise Bush would be up in arms, because the Thais would have insulted the OFFICE of the President of the United States, and they would have insulted … US. Do you think the Persians feel any differently about their president? (A fellow who actually DID serve HIS country in time of war … the invasion of Iran by Iraq by Saddam Hussein, which WE backed. He was elected fair and square, by the by.)

Yup: he (and his country) believe some pretty unenlightened stuff about the Holocaust, Israel and gays. But 20 years ago, you could have found a thousand US politicians who would have said equally insane crap. And where is it written that we have to agree with everything other countries believe? (I know that it was popular to diss France back when the Bushies thought the war would be a “cakewalk.” But how well has that all turned out for us? Seems like France was RIGHT! And who knows? We might actually be WRONG about something again. Maybe a little politeness would get us what rudeness won’t.)

The issue isn’t whether he ‘deserved’ it. The issue is why we show respect and courtesy for other nations: because showing discourtesy will translate into the dead sons and daughters of your friends and neighbors. Is it worth the life of ONE American kid for Scott Pelley to chivvy, for the dumbass president of Columbia University to call a democratically elected president a “petty dictator” or various idiots to be as consistently rude and classless as we’ve been?

Worse, Scott Pelley, in his 60 Minutes interview READ what George W. Bush told Pelley he’d say to Ahmadinejad. I haven’t read anything on it, but do you realize that CBS is now playing catspaw for the Administration? That’s stepping over all journalistic boundaries. It’s shameful, and Pelley should be fired faster than Imus, and slandered worse than Rather for it. You can’t wear both those hats and be any good at either. Can’t be done. Utterly corrupt journalism.

Are we really this pathetic? America as a country so uninterested in peace that we loll around in our soiled overalls, our love handles oozing through the cracks, chewing on a plug of terbaccy, fondling our Wal-Mart 9 mm pistol, drinkin’ beer, farting and laughing “They hain’t gots no gays, Ma!”

Hyuck. Hyuck. Hyuck.

Good ghod.

And just imagine how we look to the REST of the world with our clueless and crapulous performance. Not that we care a fig for what the world thinks of us, right?

(Tehran Times: Iranian universities, MPs denounce Columbia U. president; Arab News (Saudi Arabia) ‘President Ahmadinejad and the Distortions of Politics‘)

And here’s the disgusting opportunist slimy headline of the day from the Hindu Times:

Invitation to Ahmadinejad speaks of US greatness: Bush

Washington, Sept. 26 (AP): US President George W Bush Tuesday said that the speaking appearance of Iranian President, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, at a US university “speaks volumes about really the greatness of America.”

He said if the president of Columbia University President, Lee Bollinger, considers Ahmadinejad’s visit an educational experience for Columbia students, “I guess it’s OK with me.”

Bush spoke about the mercurial Iranian’s appearance at the prestigious university in New York City in an interview with Fox News Channel.

Well, we sure as hell showed some kind of “greatness” THIS week. That’s fer damn sure. (Hand me a SlimJim™ would’ja Rufus?)

Let’s just get rid of diplomacy and diplomats altogether. Hell, we don’t need no steeenking manners! We can be rude and dumbass, ‘cuz we’re always right about everything. Right?

(Faux Nooz reports: Ahmadinejad Columbia Visit an Insult to American Military Families, AS IF they knew what rudeness actually WAS! Right Jethro? Town Hall blogs: Columbia: Same Idiots, Useful as Ever proving that there’s MORE than enough hate to go around. Wouldn’t want a shortage of HATE in the USA. Nosiree bob. Marketwatch says ‘A smirking Ahmadinejad suckers the US media‘; the Detroit Free Press says, ‘Iran’s voice of absurdity speaks,’ etcetera)

Persia has been civilized for 6,000 years. The USA (according to appearances) is still a little uneasy with this wild new fad. Over the past couple of days, it seems like it fits us like a $50 suit with too much starch on a hot, muggy day in August.

Personally, I don’t know how the guy kept his cool. But he did, and that’s even more impressive than the tsunami of concentrated rude buffrontery that we presented him with.

Courage.

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About Hart Williams

Mr. Williams grew up in Wyoming, Nebraska, Kansas and New Mexico. He lived in Hollywood, California for many years. He has been published in The Washington Post, The Kansas City Star, The Santa Fe Sun, The Los Angeles Free Press, Oui Magazine, New West, and many, many more. A published novelist and a filmed screenwriter, Mr. Williams eschews the decadence of Hollywood for the simple, wholesome goodness of the plain, honest people of the land. He enjoys Luis Buñuel documentaries immensely.
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4 Responses to What? Politeness Counts in Foreign Relations?

  1. curt says:

    Sure, everyone can agree that freedom of speech is a good thing. It’s great! But when people think that they’re being forced to extend this right to dictators with well documented pasts of committing crimes against humanity, their feelings can quickly change.

    The college president, Lee Bollinger prefaced Ahmadinejad by saying, “It should never be thought that merely to listen to ideas we deplore in any way implies our endorsement of those ideas, or the weakness of our resolve to resist those ideas or our naiveté about the very real dangers inherent in such ideas. It is a critical premise of freedom of speech that we do not honor the dishonorable when we open the public forum to their voices.” He also cited the quotable expression about how free speech is “an experiment, as all life is an experiment.” and apologized in advance for any suffering that giving this speaker a public forum would cause.

    Before turning to Ahmadinejad he finished on the subject, “In the moment, the arguments for free speech will never seem to match the power of the arguments against, but what we must remember is that this is precisely because free speech asks us to exercise extraordinary self-restraint against the very natural but often counterproductive impulses that lead us to retreat from engagement with ideas we dislike and fear. In this lies the genius of the American idea of free speech.” Bollinger furthered the introduction by condemning the government of Iran for unjust imprisonment, public executions, and other violations of human rights.

    I think that the subject of free speech can transcend politics. I think that debate in all forms is usually a good thing and I really think that Columbia’s prez eloquently expressed this–His thoughts on freedom of speech were the best I’ve ever heard in my life.
    The Bliggity No Diggity Blog-a-Log

  2. “His thoughts on freedom of speech were the best I’ve ever heard in my life,” really only indicates that you’ve led a remarkably sheltered life.

    I know you’re trying to hype your two-week-old new blog, but you’d have a lot more credibility here if you’d actually read the post you were supposedly ‘commenting’ on.

  3. NotanotherClinton says:

    How do you think we should treat a guy who hangs people because of their sexual preference, has every known violation of human rights in his resume, has threaten to wipe Israel off the map, supports insurgents that kill US Soldiers…the list goes on. C’mon man do not appease the enemy, look what it got Chamberlain!!! This man and his ideas are a threat to our security.

    Mr. Williams replies: That’s right, being diplomatic, or showing any class would jeopardize everything, and our security would collapse. (Right. Iran is going to invade us, right?) He’s SO dangerous that we shouldn’t have even LET HIM IN THE COUNTRY!

    How long have you been drinking the Hate Koolaid, anyway? (By the way, half of your comments are wildly inaccurate. Go back and check your facts.)

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