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Mahmoud’s Day in the Spotlight

April 20, 2009

The bad news:

  • Ahmadinejad still thinks that Israel shouldn’t exist, and that the world should urgently act to eradicate it. These views led at least a handful of delegates to applaud.
  • He was allowed to speak first at the general debate — “to accomodate the schedules of visiting dignitaries,” wink, wink — making him into a keynoter of sorts.

The good news:

  • He was greeted by hundreds of protestors.
  • Most or all of Europe — and, reportedly, Morocco¬†— walked out. And his speech was roundly condemned¬†as the nasty bit of hate-mongering that it was.