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Dilbert cartoon creator Scott Adams on President Ahmadinejad

A great satirical piece by Dilbert cartoonist Scott Adams (language caution: lots of swearing). dilbert_scott_adams.jpg

A Feeling I’m Being Had

by Scott Adams

I was happy to hear that NYC didn’t allow Iranian President Ahmadinejad to place a wreath at the WTC site. And I was happy that Columbia University is rescinding the offer to let him speak. If you let a guy like that express his views, before long the entire world will want freedom of speech.

I hate Ahmadinejad for all the same reasons you do. For one thing, he said he wants to “wipe Israel off the map.” Scholars tell us the correct translation is more along the lines of wanting a change in Israel’s government toward something more democratic, with less gerrymandering. What an ass-muncher!

Ahmadinejad also called the holocaust a “myth.” F*ck him! A myth is something a society uses to frame their understanding of their world, and act accordingly. It’s not as if the world created a whole new country because of holocaust guilt and gives it a free pass no matter what it does. That’s Iranian crazy talk. Ahmadinejad can [bleep] me.

Most insulting is the fact that “myth” implies the holocaust didn’t happen. F*ck him for saying that! He also says he won’t dispute the historical claims of European scientists. That is obviously the opposite of saying the holocaust didn’t happen, which I assume is his way of confusing me. [bleep-bleep]

Furthermore, why does an Iranian guy give a speech in his own language except for using the English word “myth”? Aren’t there any Iranian words for saying a set of historical facts has achieved an unhealthy level of influence on a specific set of decisions in the present? He’s just being an asshole.

Ahmadinejad believes his role is to pave the way for the coming of the Twelfth Imam. That’s a primitive apocalyptic belief! I thank Jesus I do not live in a country led by a man who believes in that sort of bullshit. Imagine how dangerous that would be, especially if that man had the launch codes for nuclear weapons.

The worst of the worst is that Ahmadinejad’s country is helping the Iraqis kill American soldiers. If Iran ever invades Canada, I think we’d agree the best course of action for the United States is to be constructive and let things sort themselves out. Otherwise we’d be just as evil as the Iranians. Those f*ckers.

Those Iranians need to learn from the American example. In this country, if the clear majority of the public opposes the continuation of a war, our leaders will tell us we’re terrorist-humping idiots and do whatever they damn well please. They might even increase our taxes to do it. That’s called leadership.

If Ahmadinejad thinks he can be our friend by honoring our heroes and opening a dialog, he underestimates our ability to misinterpret him. F*cking idiot. I hate him.

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9 comments on “Dilbert cartoon creator Scott Adams on President Ahmadinejad

  1. Michael
    6 October, 2007

    Presumably after a storm of protest (I didn’t read the comments), in his next blog entry (“Sorry I Confused You”) Adams writes:

    If Israel had an enemy that it could make peace with, then I might feel different. But it doesn’t, so Israel’s best interests dictate keeping the neighbors too economically weak to purchase expensive weapons, and to control as much territory as possible.

    You might naturally assume he’s being satirical again.
    Disappointingly, it seems he’s not.

  2. Curtis
    6 October, 2007

    An awesome collection of resources you’ve put together. I’m liking Scott Adams more and more as I come across his work here and there.

  3. Ann El Khoury
    6 October, 2007

    Thanks Curtis, and thanks for the heads up Michael. I really appreciated Adams’s crisp satire as it pertained to Iran, but it seems the hasbara machine has set in and he has seen fit to appease them somewhat with his subsequent post.

    Its worth remembering that Adams is a political dilettante, by his own admission. Even for showing a glimmer of sympathy for the Palestinians and deviating from the Likud line he is liable to attract ridiculous and wrongful charges of anti-Semitism and being a Nazi (and I’ve found some on the web already, see also in his comments).

    Fortunately, he is also attracting some positive and supportive comments as well. That his truths in the post above may to some sound like heresy (as many truths initially do) in such a bellicose climate of opinion says more about the climate of opinion, as manufactured as it is.

    He does say: “Still, the bulk of my sympathies are with whatever group suffers the most, regardless of how much of the problem is their own damned fault. To feel otherwise would be inhuman. Sometimes it feels as if the Palestinians are only one Gandhi away from fixing their problems. But he’d need to be bulletproof.”

    Of course, its not their “own damned fault” at all for having their own land stolen from them and their livelihoods strangulated by prison-like restrictions. And non-violent protest is in abundance in Palestine; I’d wager moreover that Gandhi himself would be challenged by the Israeli matrix of control over lives there, and civil resistance being met with unmitigated violence — Indians didn’t have countless military checkpoints and chokepoints, and times have changed. Blaming the victims is part of what the prevailing Jabotinsky-Zionism polluting the US perspective on this conflict broadcasts, and he’s absorbed some of it.

    See what he also says about the Israel Lobby and about Iran in this subsequent, follow-up, post. On Iran, basically he writes that he doesn’t know what’s going on, that he would in fact support war if it were found Iranians were aiding Iraqi insurgents kill US soldiers but he simply can’t trust the mainstream media’s claims given the pre-Iraq war propagations. He employs superficial reasoning based on the “national self interest” line.

    For his momentary clear-eyed departure from the propagated line (at least on Iran): Scott Adams, we thank you.

  4. Michael
    6 October, 2007

    I agree Scott Adams deserves credit and support; it seems he can be faulted only for a lack of knowledge – not intelligence or goodwill.

    What is striking about satire today is how blatant it needs to be in order to be distinguished from normal discourse – think for example of the Guantanamo prison commander who described the suicide of its inmates as an act of war (someone else – in all seriousness – called it a PR move). So much seems to be simply beyond satire.

  5. Elias Bayeh
    6 October, 2007

    Awesome Satyre. I love it.

    Really refreshing to see real intellectuals begin to see and speak clearly.

    We need more like Scot Adams to wake up the American Public.

  6. Ann El Khoury
    6 October, 2007

    Well said Michael, couldn’t have put it better.

    Hi Elias, thanks for your comment

  7. naj
    7 October, 2007

    :) Yupp it’s pretty funny!

    I just made a post thanking the satirical bloggers. MarcLord is brilliant!

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This entry was posted on 5 October, 2007 by in Cartoonists, Humor, Humour, Iran, Satire, US Foreign Policy, USA.

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