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Iran’s President on the Holocaust: “I’m Not a Historian”

Hassan Rouhani, the new Iranian president who recently began a pen pal relationship with President Obama and who has been hailed in some quarters as some kind of moderate, dodged a question about whether the Holocaust ever occurred.

In an appearance this morning on NBC’s Today Show, Rouhani was asked by correspondent Ann Curry whether he agreed with a statement by his predecessor, Mahmoud Amadinejad, that the Holocaust was “a myth.”

His response:

I’m not a historian – I’m a politician. What is important for us is that the countries of the region and the people grow close to each other and that they are able to prevent aggression and injustice.

Let’s go to the videotape.

Obama is engaged in a very dangerous game with Iran, trying to build a relationship, reach a deal, and avoid striking the country’s nuclear weapons program.

An Iranian nuclear weapon must be avoided at all costs. It will eventually be detonated in either New York or Tel Aviv, and it will prompt a nuclear arms race in the Middle East.

I am very pessimistic that any kind diplomacy can solve this problem. But to the extent we try it, we must go in with the knowledge that Iran’s leaders are not moderates, as the New York Times called Rouhani today, and are not to be trusted. We Americans are always fooled by new tyrants and autocrats, thinking them somehow of a Western-style mindset at first until little by little we realize, as Pete Townsend wrote: “Meet the new boss. Same as the old boss.”

I have little confidence that Obama, who just entrusted the Russians and the Syrians to remove Syria’s chemical weapons cache, will take a hard headed approach to the Iranians. Obama thinks Assad can be trusted, he thinks the Taliban can be trusted, and no doubt he will be charmed by this wily Persian.

Obama will do anything he can to avoid a military confrontation so he can focus on creating universal child care or whatever. In the case of Iran, there is no question of our national security interest. But the will and common sense of our leader is deeply in doubt.

27 Responses to Iran’s President on the Holocaust: “I’m Not a Historian”

  1. As always, we need to be guided by the words of the Koran, where it is expressly permitted to lie to infidels to accomplish the purposes of Islam and jhihad. This new guy is obviously accomplished at those tactics. And Obama is either a) stupid, b) ignorant, or c) Islamic, in his refusal to acknowledge that reality. In any case the US and the world are at risk.

  2. MrObama hasn’t written anything, much less a letter to Iran’s leader, since he crossed out Barry Soetoro then wrote in Barack H. Obama on his offical documents.
    The State Dept or CIA professionals are more than likely the authors of any communication with Iran in some long, complicated game that we’re not privy to, nor will we be. If these letters can cool down the rising temperatures in the ME, then we can all breathe easier.
    IMO, the professionals in all of our security departments have reverted back to their strengths and all but ignore what MrObama says or does in matters of foreign affairs. They’re hoping he will turn to promoting universal day care or worrying about pot holes in city streets and allow them to do what they do best.

    re: NBC’s Curry
    Why in the world would she ask him that question and what answer was she hoping he’d produce?
    Assuming that the show’s producers had a set of questions and follow-ups for her to follow, and that at least a modicum of rehearsing was done prior to the interview, then what would have been her follow-up if he said that the Holocaust was a ‘hoax’?
    She might as well have asked him if he thought BarackObama was born in Kenya, too.

    • An Iranian nuclear weapon must be avoided at all costs. It will eventually be detonated in either New York or Tel Aviv, and it will prompt a nuclear arms race in the Middle East.

      WILL be? Also, this would not result in a nuclear arms race–it would result in the glassing over of the Middle East.

    • Experts? Long and complicated game? Sure, let’s let the “experts” handle this! Anyway, this approach has Obama written all over it.

      Also, I thought it was a great question. People are thinking this guy is something different. Let’s see if he really is different – or has independence – from the barbarians running Iran. Turns out he’s not. Curry helped show who he really is.

      • I have a bigger question–why are these despots getting American interviews all of a sudden? Are they on a charm offensive? Personally, I consider eye doctors a questionable carbon based life form, but don’t go by me.

        • Maybe they are the only ones who will sit down with these “reporters”. Our politicians are more inclined to head to Late Night TV and other Entertainment venues.

      • A politician who is unwilling to acknowledge atrocious acts upon the Jewish people, among others, yet wants people to grow close to each other and prevent aggression and injustice???

        Sorry, looks more like the same ‘ole, same ‘ole.

        If you cannot acknowledge a period of time of utmost aggression and injustice, I sure don’t want you representing me in an attempt to ensure those don’t happen.

    • More alien policy and the quote below – it’s from the State Department. Deadlines and red lines are no more scripted lines.

      “We’ve never said it was a hard and fast deadline.”

      WASHINGTON – The U.S.-Russian plan for the removal or destruction of Syria’s chemical weapons, hailed as a diplomatic breakthrough just days ago, appeared to run into trouble Wednesday as the Obama administration backed off a deadline for the Syrian government to submit a full inventory of its toxic stockpiles and facilities to international inspectors.

  3. Lately I have been reading Texas history(I am a Canadian) American history is so exciting . It is too bad that the real roots of America are being ignored and dismissed by the whole cadre of people in influence….educators, white house and so on.
    There does not seem to be a moral centre anymore as there is no understanding and respect of where the beginnings were

  4. “But the will and common sense of our leader is deeply in doubt.” – Keith Koffler

    Those things are kind of mutually exclusive, in a way. As I see it, his demonstrated “will” is for the destruction of the United States as a functional democracy, if not a functioning nation. If THAT is truly his wil, then his common sense is fine, he’s doing a fine job. If – against all evidence – his will is actually for the United States to prosper, then he DEFINITELY has a problem with common sense, as in a demonstrable lack of same.

    Either way, he’s not fit to be called our “leader”. G_d help us. No one else seems able to do so…

  5. “I’m not a historian – I’m a politician.” – Hassan Rouhani

    Well, seeing as how Obama had to have it explained to him that he was telling the Israleis to surrender their capital when he instructed them to give Jerusalem to the Palestinans, I’d say he missed a few history lessons HIMSELF along the way.

    You know, if it wasn’t for the fact Rouhani is a Shi’ite and Obama is a Sunni, they’d probably be best buds. After all, they have SO much common ground. You know, they can agree “There is no G_d but A!!ah, and Mo is his Prophet”; that they both hate Israel generally and Prime Minister Netanyahu specifically; that historical facts can always be denied or altered to serve their needs of the moment; that countries should be run as caliphates, not democracies; that they both hate America and are actively working to wreck it; and indeed that they are both not historians, but politicians.

    See? The perfect “Odd Couple”, if only they could just agree on who the Prophet’s sucessor should have been…

  6. “…who has been hailed in some quarters as some kind of moderate …”

    A moderate in THOSE precincts means that he’d be content to enslave SOME of the world’s other peoples as dhimmis like in the good ol’ days rather than simply kill them out of hand like his bros want.

    After all, SOMEONE’s got to do the scut work and pay the taxes, and they can always kill them LATER if it doesn’t work out….

    THAT’S about the only “moderation” the Quran allows.

    Not MY rule. Theirs.

    “Quran (9:29) – “Fight those who believe not in Allah nor the Last Day, nor hold that forbidden which hath been forbidden by Allah and His Messenger, nor acknowledge the religion of Truth, (even if they are) of the People of the Book, until they pay the Jizya with willing submission, and feel themselves subdued.”

    THERE’S some moderation for ya!

    “Jizya” is an interesting concept, against the backdrop of the implementation of Obamacare. The ultimate goal of it, perhaps? Well, they passed it, and we may just find out THIS is in it…

  7. If Iran did something that stupid, the GOP would pretty much run the table in 2016. If it’s Tel Aviv, the Democrats can forget about the Jewish vote forever; if it’s New York, the Democratic Party generally will be finished. A united GOP Congress would be more than eager to authorize any and all means necessary to respond in kind. One hopes that the response would not be limited only to targets in Iran…

  8. (sarcasm on)

    Well, if there wansn’t a Holocaust, then the folks in the images at THIS site were REALLY committed to the lie…

    Yep, nothing to see here. Move along, we’ve got more IMPORTANT things to talk about, like you KNOW how George Bush goes around stealing one sock out of every person in America’s pairs and then stops to whisper stuff in their sleeping ears about how they should hate women, Black people, and homosexuals, don’t you? Wow, isn’t it GREAT we have a leader that can ignore the pesky international stuff and focus on destroying our REAL enemies, the Republicans? I feel SO much safer, epecially after the masterful handling of Syria…

    What’s a few dead Jews more or less against all the good Obama plans for us? BORING! They’d probably be dead by now anyway, who cares how it happened or why? After all, “‘What difference at this point does it make?”…

    (sarcasm off)

  9. Unfortunately Ann Curry did not follow up with the question.
    Sometimes, answers speak for themselves but some follow-up would have been important.