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A Brief Look at President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

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For most people in the United States, especially those born in the 80’s, the country of Iran is a new discovery. A decade ago, if one asked the average American citizen about their knowledge of the country, most would come up with a blank or announce, ignorantly, the similarity of its name to that of another Middle Eastern country. But since 2005, Iran has made its mark in the American psyche, namely the president and his remarks on the West and Israel. With growing nuclear capabilities, Iran is becoming an important entity in the world. It is imperative that Americans educate themselves about Iran’s leading man, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad: his rise to power, his beliefs, and why he’s become the most televised man of Iran.

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, born Mahmoud Saborjhian, would come from humble beginnings with his father being a blacksmith. His family’s name Saborjhian would be changed for economic reasons to Ahmadinejad, meaning ‘of the race of Mohammad.’ In a way this last name would strengthen his belief of the importance of Islam. At the end of the 1979 Islamic Revolution, a 22 year old Ahmadinejad would became a member of the Office for Strengthening Unity, which was an organization that disapproved of students supporting or allying with a growing group that advocated the overthrowing if the Islamic Republic government in Iran. This stance on how the government should work would continue to his run for presidency. His campaign, for president in 2005, was based on keeping these revolutionary and Islamic principles.

He was the only presidential candidate that spoke against the United States. America was a bully to the world, especially the Islamic world and in no way would he support them. It also didn’t help that the United States was supportive of the nation of Israel. On October 26, 2005, Ahmadinejad gave a speech in Tehran entitled “World Without Zionism.” In that speech he would proclaim that Israel needed to be “wiped from the pages of history.” During this same time, Iran started putting effort in creating nuclear power for “peaceful purposes.” It may be true that Iran is building nuclear power to strengthen their economy, but with statements that called for the elimination of Israel it is understandable that many would be worried.

Whether Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is an evil man is up for dispute. My personal feelings are that he is not. For one, he has not necessarily done anything for us to fear him. Also even though he speaks so openly about Iran’s nuclear power, he doesn’t have power of it. It is in fact an issue that the Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) handles. He does have extremist ideas, but there are many lunatics that live among us. The only difference between them and him is that he is the president of a country.  I’d also like to add that presidency in Iran doesn’t hold the same weight s it does in the U.S. He doesn’t have nearly as much power as Barack Obama. In a way the President is the spokesperson for the country. And thus far, Mahmoud has been a bad spokesperson and needs to get laid off for a more well mannered candidate.

Written by thecosbykid

June 17, 2009 at 9:30 am

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  1. The best information i have found exactly here. Keep going Thank you


    July 15, 2009 at 10:03 am

  2. RE “Epicenter”

    A quote from Erwin Raphael McMannus’s book “Chasing Daylight”: “I don’t know what it means for others, but for a follower of Jesus Christ, what it means to live on the edge is to stand at the EPICENTER of where the kingdom of God confronts the kingdom of darkness.When evil raises its ugly head, taunting God and tormenting the weak, the adventurer rises up and moves toward the challenge. Like a guided missile, the adventurous spirit moves toward its greatest challenge.” Chapter 6, page163

    Edward McIsaac

    December 15, 2010 at 1:51 pm

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