As you’ve probably seen in the news this week, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad took to the world’s stage at the United Nations to threaten a “war without boundaries” against the United States and our allies. He continued to deny the Holocaust, saying it was “a historical event used to create a pretext for war.”
In the past, the U.S. delegation to the U.N. has walked out on the Iranian president, refusing to give an audience to his Hitler-esque anti-Semitism and showing symbolic objection to his country’s despicable human rights record.
Last year, for example, we joined our neighbors to the north in boycotting Ahmadinejad’s remarks before the U.N. General Assembly. This year, Canada walked out, but the U.S. delegation remained seated.
Why the change? I doubt Ahmadinejad — who continues pursuing an Iranian nuclear program despite global objections — has suddenly landed on our good side (although Rush half-jokingly suggests that President Obama doesn’t seem to like capitalism or borders either).
So, what gives?