In an interesting development with Iran’s anti-American and Islamic fundamentalist President Ahmadinejad, the German news is reporting that he has started his own blog (www.ahmadinejad.ir/) to keep up with the times.
I have always wondered what it would be like if a head of state wrote his or her own blog. This should be very interesting. Apparently, his first blog post discusses growing up in poverty and how, as an elementary school student, he was upset about the Shah’s relationship with the United States.
Also, he has a blog poll up:
The President asks his readers with reference to the Lebanon War whether the USA and Israel wish to start a new world war. Visitors to his blog can answer with “yes” or “no”.
[Leser seiner Zeilen fragt der Präsident unter Verweis auf den Libanon-Krieg, ob die USA und Israel wohl einen neuen Weltkrieg starten wollten. Besucher des Weblogs können mit „Ja“ oder „Nein“ antworten.]
Since my Farsi is weak (i.e., I don’t speak any Farsi at all) I am relying on the translation provided at his blog (the site can be read in Farsi, Arabic, French, and English, symbolized by a cool British-American hybrid flag). The translation is kind of bad (e.g., he asks “Do you think that the US and Israeli intention and goal by attacking Lebanon is pulling the trigger for another word war?“) so I am wondering if he put it into English himself. It seems that even Iran would have English translators that can put out a top-notch product. It looks like comments are allowed though.
The format looks pretty cool (but it takes a while to load), but I’m guessing the content will be the same old Holocaust-denying, genocide-praising, anti-American, anti-Jewish, anti-Western material. My guess is that this blog will not be the place to look for strategies to reform Iranian society, lessen the corruption inherent in their culture, or move toward genuine religious freedom and due process of law. But it will have anti-Western propaganda in abundance.
Despite his questionable views on international politics and on other people’s religions, I find it fascinating to read his own account of his background. For example, he writes
When I used to go to high school, shah celebrated the 2500 years of monarchy of Iran. Those years, poverty among the oppressed people of Iran was escalated and doubled. The imposition of the cost and the expenditure of these festivals and ceremonies and also the crapulence of shah’s debauched clan and their foreign companies, broke the people’s back. All necessary materials and supplies of these illegitimate functions were brought to Iran from Europe by the exclusive and specific airplanes. Probably one can claim that the disgraceful festivals of the 2500 years of kingdom in Iran -which was arranged by the traitorous shah- were the most expensive festivals in the history of the civilized human.
I highly doubt the claim made in the last sentence there. But overall this seems a text-book study in socialist/communist anti-aristocratic sentiment, not unique by any means to an Islamic Revolution. It is fascinating that the end result (in terms of individual liberties) of the Islamic Revolution that deposed the Shah, although being a religious movement, really is not much different than the totalitarianism of the Soviet Union or other communist countries.