Is He Coming Back For More?
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s return to New York City to speak at the opening of the United Nations General Assembly this week marks the fifth visit in five years for the Iranian President.
In a Fox News article by Claudia Rosett, she reports that it has been discovered that a brazen Ahmadinejad grossly abused his diplomatic privileges in his past visits and personally recruited one of his party guests (a 65-year-old Iranian-American businessman named Ali Amirnazmi) to commit a felony of violating US sanctions against Iran.
In her article, Rosett writes:
The details come from evidence introduced in a federal trial in Philadelphia earlier this year of a 65-year-old Iranian-American businessman named Ali Amirnazmi… But court documents show a web of sanctions-busting intrigue, involving not only Ahmadinejad, but also including communications running through the Iranian mission to the U.N. in New York City, as well as Iran’s de facto consular service in the U.S. — the Iranian Interests Section housed at the Embassy of Pakistan in Washington, D.C.
The plan was to transfer “advanced technology and expertise in the chemical manufacturing industry.”
Oh, goody. Ahmadinejad blatantly thumbs his nose at our laws and restrictions using his diplomatic immunity and does whatever he wants to.
Not to put too fine a point on it, but I don’t think this is the kind of guy President Obama should be sucking up to as he did during his World Apology Tour earlier this year. You may recall that this quickly came back to bite Obama in the butt shortly afterwards when Ahmadinejad demanded Obama apologize “for meddling into Iran’s internal affairs.” This occurred after Obama made a long-delayed criticism of the Iranian government for brutally beating down protesters following Ahmadinejad questionable victory in what seemed to be a rigged election.
The brutal reaction of Ahmadinejad’s troops injured hundreds and killed 13 including the highly publicized death of young Neda Agha-Soltan whose murder in the streets of Tehran made her a symbol of the Iranian protest of the elections. Even then, Obama waited until he saw which way the public support was going before he made any kind of statement. It was a delay that was seen by many as one made by a political neophyte who simply waited to be led by the people’s reaction rather than actually being a decisive leader himself. This apparently did not go unnoticed by Ahmadinejad.
The fact that Ahmadinejad is being allowed back into this country is bad enough. But the world will be watching to see just how President Obama handles this diplomatic adventure. Any corner Obama may find himself in will be one of his own making. Once again, his inexperience has bubbled to the surface.
Obama has already given Ahmadinejad what Amir Taheri writing in today’s Asharq Alawsat calls “9 months of tranquility” during which time Iran has raced forward with its goal of enriched uranium. Ahmadinejad is an old pro at manipulating world politicians. Sucking in political neophyte Barack Obama hasn’t caused Ahmadinejad to even break a sweat.
It will be interesting to see what Ahmadinejad has to say at the UN. But more likely, the more interesting observations will be how Obama responds, and what extracurricular activities Ahmadinejad gets involved in this time around.
Oh how I miss having a President with the common sense of Ronald Wilson Reagan at times like this.