Friday, 26 December 2008

Merkin's Xmas Message Musings


Channel 4 was very brave in showing an alternative Xmas message from The President of Iran.
I didn't watch it till later - I hadn't even known it was on until finding out my nephew had watched it.

So, I had a look and it was very interesting.

I don't speak the same language as the President and maybe he actually said something completely different from the translation (the famous Memri 'bad translation' springs to mind).

Still, I don't think there is much for me to disagree with in this part.

'If Christ were on earth today, undoubtedly He would stand with the people in opposition to bullying, ill-tempered and expansionist powers.

If Christ were on earth today, undoubtedly He would hoist the banner of justice and love for humanity to oppose warmongers, occupiers, terrorists and bullies the world over.

If Christ were on earth today, undoubtedly He would fight against the tyrannical policies of prevailing global economic and political systems, as He did in His lifetime.

If only our Head of State were as free, or as willing, as the Iranian Head of State to speak out against those forces of oppression which are ruining the World.

Sadly, she isn't.

If she can't say what she thinks what hope is there for us?



anticant said...

The tantrums the Millipedians are throwing because Channel Four have had the impertinance to screen this are pathetic. And even our very own national treasure Peter Tatchell is joining in.

These people have forgotten what free speech is - if they ever knew.

As Churchill said, "jaw-jaw is better than war-war".

Merkin said...

Well said, Anti.

I am pretty sure you know where I disagree with The President.

The quoted part is not one of those areas.

zola a social thing said...

I always thought that "He" was really a trans-sexual just trying to compensate for having a nasty father.

Should have been (S)He.

anticant said...

Demonising one's enemies/targets is standard psychological preparation for attacking them.

In many respects Ahmadinnerjacket's religiously based notions strike us as barmy, but that's no reason for refraining from the sort of discussions with him which might even convince him that co-existence is preferable to conflict.

Trouble is, that wouldn't suit the hard-faced men who do well out of wars [and bust their own economies int he process].

Merkin said...

As has been pointed out by many, there is a lot more to take issue with in the Pope's speech.

The Iranian President crafted a beautifully weighted speech which gave the lie to the old notion that 'these rag-heads'don't have the power to express themselves 'properly'.

In passing, I commend Craig Murray's post about Harold Pinter.

wild duck said...

Ah "The Life Lie".

Stef said...

Ahmandinajad's fluffy Crimbo speech was just a cunning ruse.

We all know what he's really thinking.

And until he says what he's really thinking he should be banned from our airwaves.

At which point we should ban him for spreading hate

Seems clear enough to me

Merkin said...

Stef - did I detect a tongue in the cheek or was that a remnant of my Xmas dinner?

diplomat said...

Ban the Merkin
Ban the Merkin
at least for a few minutes

big bad wolf said...

Hazel Blears and Andy Burnham are coming to get you!

Barnacle Bill said...

Just nipped over to wish you a Happy New Year young merkin.
As for DinnerPlate's Xmas message at least he was able to have it broadcast over here.
I wonder what this coming new year is going to bring for us bloggers?
Especially the ones who don't toe the establishment's official line!
Anyway all the best for 2009.

Merkin said...

'I wonder what this coming new year is going to bring for us bloggers?
Especially the ones who don't toe the establishment's official line!'

Bonesy, you can see what is in store, already.